Andrew Torelli (fourth from left) in a panel of next-generation crystallographers at the U.N. celebratory opening of the International Year of Crystallography
Torelli promotes contributions of crystallography
The crystal has been a source of fascination for thousands of years, even before Johannes Kepler observed the symmetrical shape of snow crystals in 1611. From gemstones to many forms of metals and even chocolate, innumerable substances in the world around us are crystalline in nature.
So important is the potential involved in understanding crystals and their roles in the structure of materials, biological molecules and chemical compounds that the United Nations has declared 2014 the “International Year of Crystallography.” BGSU chemistry faculty member Dr. Andrew Torelli, a specialist in crystallography, was invited to participate in the opening ceremony for the celebratory year, held in late January at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters, in Paris.
The goal of the year is to bring new awareness of crystallography, a field that has grown from physics and chemistry to be “at the forefront of many scientific endeavors,” Torelli explained, “and is even involved in important goals of advancement, awareness and peace.”