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FIHM Group

Functional Inorganics and Hybrid Materials

Studying at Cambridge


Useful Software

Listed here are amongst the many computer programmes used by our group members

Academic License:

  • MERCURY (crystal structure visualisation, prediction of crystal habit and solvent accessible volume)
  • PLATON (Squeeze and Void algorithms for porosity assessment)
  • TOPOS (topological analysis)
  • WinGX (for solving, refining and analysing single crystal X-ray diffraction data)
  • SHELX-97 (for crystal structure refinement)
  • Gwyddion (analysis of AFM scans)
  • CRYSTAL-09 (Gaussian ab initio DFT code)
  • ElAM (for the analysis and representation of anisotropic single-crystal elastic constants)
  • ISODISTORT (for exploring the structural distortion modes of crystalline materials)


Commercial Software (MSM site license):


Free Software:

  • Cygwin (Linux/X11 emulator to access CCDC database on Windows)
  • WinSCP (ssh and secure FTP client)