Tutors

We feel very fortunate that many of our colleagues from the universities of Bern, Geneva and Zürich, as well as from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) and Lausanne/Sion (EPFL) and the Institute of Physics in Prague have agreed to teach at the Zürich School of Crystallography. They bring to the School not only considerable experience in all aspects of teaching and conducting chemical crystallography, but also come from a broad range of diverse scientific backgrounds.

List of Tutors

Céline Besnard .:. Olivier Blacque .:. Hans-Beat Bürgi .:. Gervais Chapuis .:. Birger Dittrich .:. Anthony Linden .:. Lukas Palatinus .:. Pascal Schouwink .:. Nils Trapp .:. Michael Wörle

Céline Besnard

(Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Céline did her PhD studies at the University of Lund (Sweden). After post-doctoral research at the Swiss Federal School of Technology in Lausanne working on protein powder diffraction, she became a service crystallographer at the University of Geneva in 2009. She is routinely solving small-molecule crystal structures. In collaboration with the physical chemistry department at the University of Geneva, she also carries out in-situ diffraction experiments (photochemistry, gas sorption...) to study spin crossover compounds.

Olivier Blacque

(Scientific collaborator, Department of Chemistry, University of Zürich, Switzerland)

Olivier was born in Dijon, France, in 1971. He graduated from the University of Dijon and obtained his PhD (1999) under the supervision of Professor Marek Kubicki working on the structures of biscyclopentadienyl transition metal complexes using X-ray crystallography and DFT calculations. In 2000 he joined the University of Zürich as a post-doctoral associate and in 2006 he became a permanent staff member. He collaborates with different research groups of the Department of Chemistry working on many research projects with the aid of computational calculations and X-ray crystallography. He is credited to about 120 publications, 225 personal entries in the Cambridge Crystallographic Database, and more than 700 crystal structure analyses (more than 600 since 2006) facing common crystallographic problems related to organometallic chemistry. He has been a co-editor of Section E of Acta Crystallographica since 2009.

Hans-Beat Bürgi

(Emeritus Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern and Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Hans-Beat taught the theoretical background and the practical aspects of X-ray crystal structure determination at the University of Bern, Switzerland for 29 years. He has applied crystallographic methods to the study of organic and inorganic materials (e.g. fullerenes). He is one of the pioneers in the field of data mining developed originally for the determination of chemical reaction pathways from crystal structure data. His current research deals with the dynamics of molecules in crystals from multi-temperature X-ray analyses. Other interests include the structure determination of severely disordered molecular crystals from diffuse scattering data.

Gervais Chapuis

(Emeritus Professor, Laboratoire de Cristallographie, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Gervais is emeritus professor of physics and crystallography at the Swiss Federal School of Technology in Lausanne. He has many years of teaching experience in crystallography at all levels for physicists, chemists and material scientists. For the last few years, he has been very active in developing a full, web based e-crystallography course which is now freely available. He is a member of the IUCr Commission on International Tables (editor of Volume B of International Tables), Editor-in-chief of the IUCr online dictionary and a consultant for the Commissions on Crystallographic Nomenclature and Aperiodic Crystals. Gervais' research interests are in the theoretical and experimental study of aperiodic, and in particular incommensurate, structures by diffraction experiments and molecular dynamics calculations.

Birger Dittrich

(Structural Chemist, Novartis, Switzerland)

Birger obtained his PhD in crystallography working with Prof. P. Luger at the Free University of Berlin. His research interests focus on experimental and theoretical charge densities of molecular compounds ("quantum crystallography") of pharmaceutical interest and of selected macromolecules. His group developed the invariom database of aspherical scattering factors for crystal structure refinement. In 2007, after working as a postdoctoral researcher in Berlin and the University of Western Australia, he moved to Göttingen to lead an Emmy Noether Junior research group where he also became Privatdozent. In 2012 he took up a teaching Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Hamburg and moved in 2015 to the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. Since 2018 Birger works at Novartis Pharma in Basel.

Anthony Linden

(Professor in Chemical Crystallography, Department of Chemistry, University of Zürich, Switzerland)

Tony was born in Australia and studied at the University of Melbourne. He is Director of the X-ray Crystallography Facility in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Zürich and also teaches crystallography courses there. He has over 35 years experience in all aspects of small-molecule crystal structure determination involving a wide range of organic molecules, inorganic materials and organometallic complexes. He was a Main Editor of Section C of Acta Crystallographica from 2008-2017 and is currently Vice President of the Swiss Society for Crystallography.

Lukas Palatinus

(Senior Research Scientist, Department of Structure Analysis, Institute of Physics, Prague, Czech Republic)

Lukas is a crystallographer by education. He is interested in the solution of the phase problem by iterative dual-space methods, and is developing software for structure solution based on these methods, especially involving the charge-flipping algorithm. Lukas is currently working in the field of electron crystallography, especially on structure solution and refinement against electron diffraction data. One of his specific interests is in incommensurately modulated structures.

Pascal Schouwink

(Head of the X-ray and Surface Analytics Facility of ISIC, EPFL, Sion, Switzerland)

Pascal graduated from the University of Heidelberg where he stayed on as scientific collaborator until 2010, doing high pressure Crystallography of transition metal oxides. In 2014 he obtained his PhD from the Laboratory of Crystallography in Geneva, working on energy-aspects of complex hydrides using X-ray and neutron scattering. After a bridging PostDoc he joined EPFL in 2016 to lead the X-ray and Surface Analytics platform of ISIC. His main current focus is in-situ studies, with a keen interest in MOFs, PVs and polymers, and recently the characterization of nanomaterials.

Nils Trapp

(Staff Crystallographer at the Small Molecule Crystallography Center, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Originally an inorganic chemist focusing on extremely air- and temperature sensitive compounds, Nils became interested in single crystal diffraction early on and is still fascinated by the method. He also has a background in computational chemistry and vibrational spectroscopy. His current fields of interest include the development of small molecule batch-crystallization techniques and chiral recognition in alleno-acetylenic cage receptors. Nils does about 400 crystal structures per year for the chemistry department at ETH Zürich and is teaching crystallography for undergraduates and master students.

Michael Wörle

(Lecturer and Head of the Small Molecule Crystallography Center, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Michael is doing research in the field of inorganic solid state chemistry: synthesis as well as the study of structural, chemical and physical properties of a wide range of solids (group of Prof. Reinhard Nesper). During the course of his work over the last 23 years he has been concerned with common crystallographic problems related to solid state chemistry such as twinning, disorder and pseudosymmetry. Michael is teaching crystallography at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland and is currently Secretary of the Swiss Society for Crystallography.