Crystal Impact - Software for Chemists and Material Scientists
CRYSTAL IMPACT's basic goal is to develop high quality software which allows
even non-specialist users to apply most recent scientific and software
technologies. Key areas of activity are crystal structure solution,
visualization, phase identification
from powder, as well as crystal structure databases. Chemists, physicists and material scientists from
industry and academic institutions in more than 60 countries all over the world use
Crystal Impact's innovative software tools to determine, visualize and
understand the crystal structures of their compounds, investigate the composition
of their samples by powder diffraction, or search crystallographic databases for
information about recent advancements in their area of research.
CRYSTAL IMPACT started life as a project based in the University of Bonn, where
G. Bergerhoff's research group established the ICSD (Inorganic Crystal
Structure Database) already in 1983. Researching new methods for detection of
systematically hidden patterns in structural databases we collected a great lot
of experiences in crystallographic programming. In the early 90's we developed
completely new retrieval and visualization software for the ICSD, which was
awarded an international software price to in 1993. In 1997
"Prof. Dr. G. Bergerhoff Software-Entwicklung" devolved upon
"CRYSTAL IMPACT K. Brandenburg & M. Berndt GbR". And we still
maintain close collaboration with the "pioneers" from the Institute for
Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bonn.
Who we are
Born 1962 in Andernach, Germany
Chemist, PhD 1995, University of Bonn
Focus: Scientific programming, graphical user interfaces, web
pages design, technical support
Born 1968 in Mechernich, Germany
Chemist, PhD 1997, University of Bonn
Focus: Scientific programming, structure prediction, solid
state modelling, phase identification, technical support
Our former member Dr. Michael Berndt died on June 30th,
2003 after a long, serious illness at the age of 39.
The main subject of our company is the development of software for natural
scientists with main stress on chemistry, crystallography, and material
Development of integrated information systems for chemistry research and
education with a special focus on crystallography.
Combination and completion of former seperately handled methods and
simplification of their handling for maximizing scientific productivity.
Utilization of new or less common used methods by translating them into
user-friendly software and embedding into integrated systems
Fields of interest
Visualization of Crystal Structure Data
Structural and Material Databases and Data Mining
Structure Solution from Powder Diffraction Data
Phase Identification from Powder Diffraction Data
Solid State Modelling
Products & projects
The original intent was a visualization tool especially for inorganic crystal
structures with a special focus on educational and research aspects. Thus
functions which allows a better understanding of structural details have been
implemented even in the first version. You will find no easier way to get
perfect presentations from real structures than using DIAMOND.
Based upon the well experienced DIAMOND visualization techniques, ENDEAVOUR is
designed to solve crystal structures from powder diffraction data. Therefore it
provides a structure model generator, which uses "Pareto-optimization" of
pattern difference and potential energy. This closes the remaining gap in the
process of structure solution from powder diffraction data.
Phase identification from powder diffraction data has become a daily task in
material scientists work. Match! feeds the needs. Its intuitive user interface
and its moderate price makes it valuable for novices as well as professionals.
PEARSON'S CRYSTAL DATA
The long-term experience of Pierre Villars and Karin Cenzual in classification
of inorganic crystal structures mounted in a new database containing
crystal structures of inorganic materials and compounds, published by
ASM International and with front-end software for the MS
Windows platform by Crystal Impact. In July 2007, the first release started with about 150,000
data sets, the current release 2017/18 contains about 304,000 entries.
||xplorex GmbH, Rimsting am Chiemsee, Germany -
Usage of phase analysis software MATCH! with "The Planet" (portable high resolution X-ray powder diffraction)
||TETRAGON analyse + technik -
Laboratory for Material Analysis
||Material Phases Data System (MPDS), Vitznau, Switzerland -
Data collection and creation of PAULING FILE database; development and re-distribution of Pearson's Crystal Data CD-ROM software
Karlsruhe, Germany - Bundling of DIAMOND with DIFFRACplus TOPAS
to get informations about how to contact CRYSTAL IMPACT representatives.