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For questions about the use of Crystallographic Information File – file format used in structural sciences.

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How to resolve the cif2cell TypeError?

I have encountered an error using cif2cell while covering a CIF file from COD to quantum ESPRESSO format. The error is as follows. command typed: $cif2cell crystal.cif -p quantum-espresso -o crystal....
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How do I extract a molecular structure from a CIF file?

When I open a CIF file of a crystal structure in a typical molecular editor like Avogadro, then I just see a few symmetry-unique atoms scattered around the unit cell. But I don't see the full molecule ...
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9 x 9 x 9 periodic xyz file to cif file format

I have a 9 x 9 x 9 periodic crystal structure in .xyz format and I would like to change it to .cif file format. Does anyone know how to convert the file? (e.g. 9 x 9 x 9 to unit cell then cif)
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Is it necessary to optimize structures obtained from a cif file?

Crystallographic Information Files (CIF) are, in general, obtained from experimental measurements. Since the information originated from real samples, is it mandatory to relax the structure in order ...
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What are the differences between crystal structure file formats like CIF, XYZ, PDB etc.?

We come across many file formats like CIF, XYZ, PDB, INS, cc1, p1, POSCAR, FDF, struct etc. Why do we have so many file formats to store crystal structure information? Are they redundant? Can someone ...
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How may I create a CIF for a core-shell nanostructure? Is it possible in VESTA, or elsewhere?

All the tutorials I see online for creating a molecular model are either for small molecules or for crystal systems. I can't seem to figure out how to create a model for a core-shell nanoparticle. Is ...
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How can I create a .CIF file from x-ray diffraction data in a paper, for compound not found in crystallographic database

I tried to recover a .CIF file (Crystallographic Information File) with the crystal structure for the compound discussed in a paper by Reuter et. al.[1], strontium hydroxide octahydrate - $\ce{Sr(OH)2·...