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Professor Simon Coles

Professor Simon Coles

Professor of Structural Chemistry

Research interests

  • Chemical Crystallography
  • Structures under change
  • Quantum Crystallography

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Simon is Professor of Structural Chemistry and Director of both the UK National Crystallography Service and the UK Physical Sciences Data-science Service. He is an author on around 1000 papers covering the areas of structural chemistry, support for chemical synthesis and chemical information. He is one of the most prolific chemical crystallographers of all time (measured by number of contributions to the Cambridge Structural Database). He has served on many national and international facilities and professional society bodies and currently sits on the Editorial Boards of Crystallography Reviews, Supramolecular Chemistry, Cryst.Eng.Comm and IUCr RawDataLetters.