[Chimera-users] Chimera for MOFs

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Oct 6 13:28:42 PDT 2017

Hi Payam,
It’s not MOFs per se, but the format.  Chimera reads mmCIF format, such as from the Protein DataBank.

However, CIF format in general is a much broader specification, of which several possible sections (depending on the specific file) are not handled by Chimera, or at least are not handled correctly.  Sorry about that.  I’ve run up against this too, when trying to view some structure of interest from the Cambridge Structural Database.

I hope this clarifies the situation,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Oct 6, 2017, at 10:14 AM, Minoofar, Payam N <Payam.Minoofar at Teledyne.com> wrote:
> Greetings and Salutations,
> I recently started using Chimera to view .cif files for metal organic framework (MOF) unit cells, and I get the impression that Chimera is not quite rendering them correctly. I thought I’d ask the community if visualizing MOFs is a priority for Chimera before I start whinging. (No, I’m not British.)
> If it is a priority, to whom can I mail the cif files in order to determine whether the problem lies with Chimera or with the file? 
> Many thanks,
> Payam

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