NMR crystallography

French researchers have suggested that crystallographic information can be obtained without resorting to crystallography. Francis Taulelle of the Louis Pasteur University has demonstrated that a back to basics approach to crystallography reveals that a crystallochemical formula can fit a particular space group and so provide a basic crystal structure on the basis of NMR studies combined with other chemical and spectroscopic information. Given the chemical formula and the spectroscopic information available, the crystal space group of even non-crystallizable can be obtained.