Dr. Lorraine Andrade Malaspina

Senior Researcher

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

+41 31 684 43 90
Freiestrasse 3
CH - 3012 Bern

Work Experience

  • since 2020: Service crystallographer at the University of Bern
  • 2015-2020: Research assistant at the University of Bremen
  • 2010-2015: Laboratory coordinator for the distance education program in physics at the Universidade Federal de Goiás


  • 2015-2020: PhD, University of Bremen "The advanced treatment of hydrogen atoms in quantum crystallography"
  • 2012-2014: MSc in physics, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) "Biochemical and structural studies of cellobiohydrolase and endoxylanase enzymes of the fungus Humicola grisea var. thermoidea"
  • 2006-2011: BSc in physics, Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) "Crystallographic and structural analysis of the compound Ethyl (2E) -3- (4-hydroxy-3,5-dimethoxyphenyl) acrylate

My laboratory experience working with small molecule and macromolecular crystallography stretches over 14 years. I have worked with X-ray diffraction (in house and synchrotron sources), Laue diffraction, neutron diffraction, computational chemistry as well as molecular biology, biochemical, analytical and imaging techniques.

My special interest lies in the application of the crystallographic techniques to different fields including pharmacology, chemistry, industry and medicine. Currently, my work focusses on Quantum crystallography and software development for quantum crystallography to determin hydrogen atom parameters from x-ray diffraction. 


Journal Article

Stroek, Wowa; Keilwerth, Martin; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Grabowsky, Simon; Meyer, Karsten; Albrecht, Martin (2024). Deciphering Iron‐Catalyzed C−H Amination with Organic Azides: N 2 Cleavage from a Stable Organoazide Complex. Chemistry – A European Journal, 30(4) European Chemical Societies Publishing 10.1002/chem.202303410

Fisher, Sergey; Malaspina, Lorraine A; Martínez, Cristian Gozálvez; Prescimone, Alessandro; Balmohammadi, Yaser; Grabowsky, Simon; Šolomek, Tomáš (2024). Leveraging Halogen Interactions for a Supramolecular Nanotube. Chemistry: a European journal, 30(27), e202400295. Wiley 10.1002/chem.202400295

Singh, Ashi; Avinash, Kiran; Malaspina, Lorraine A; Banoo, Masoumeh; Alhameedi, Khidhir; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Grabowsky, Simon; Thomas, Sajesh Pynadath (2024). Dynamic Covalent Bonds in the Ebselen Class of Antioxidants Probed by X-ray Quantum Crystallography. Chemistry: a European journal, 30(14), e202303384. Wiley 10.1002/chem.202303384

McMonagle, Charles J; Fuller, Chloe A; Hupf, Emanuel; Malaspina, Lorraine A; Grabowsky, Simon; Chernyshov, Dmitry (2024). Lattice response to the radiation damage of molecular crystals: radiation-induced versus thermal expansivity. Acta crystallographica Section B, 80(Pt 1), pp. 13-18. International Union of Crystallography 10.1107/S2052520623010636

Feige, Felix; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Kleemiss, Florian; Kögel, Julius F.; Ketkov, Sergey; Hupf, Emanuel; Grabowsky, Simon; Beckmann, Jens (2023). An investigation into the Brønsted acidity of the perfluorinated alkoxy silanes {(F 3 C) 3 CO} 3 SiH and {(F 6 C 5 ) 3 CO} 2 Si(Cl)H. Dalton transactions, 52(18), pp. 5918-5925. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/D3DT00299C

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Frerichs, Nils; Adler, Christian; Schmidtmann, Marc; Beckhaus, Rüdiger; Grabowsky, Simon (2023). Quantum Crystallography and Complementary Bonding Analysis of Agostic Interactions in Titanium Amides. Helvetica chimica acta, 106(6) Wiley 10.1002/hlca.202300012

Borys, Andryj M; Malaspina, Lorraine A; Grabowsky, Simon; Hevia Freire, Eva (2022). Towards Hexagonal Planar Nickel: A Dispersion-Stabilised Tri-Lithium Nickelate. Angewandte Chemie (International ed.), 61(39), e202209797. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/anie.202209797

Appiarius, Yannik; Gliese, Philipp J; Segler, Stephan A W; Rusch, Pascal; Zhang, Jiangbin; Gates, Paul J; Pal, Rumpa; Malaspina, Lorraine A; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Neudecker, Tim; Bigall, Nadja C; Grabowsky, Simon; Bakulin, Artem A; Staubitz, Anne (2022). BN-Substitution in Dithienylpyrenes Prevents Excimer Formation in Solution and in the Solid State. Journal of physical chemistry. C, 126(9), pp. 4563-4576. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c08812

Somerville, Rosie J.; Borys, Andryj M.; Perez-Jimenez, Marina; Nova, Ainara; Balcells, David; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Grabowsky, Simon; Carmona, Ernesto; Hevia, Eva; Campos, Jesús (2022). Unmasking the constitution and bonding of the proposed lithium nickelate “Li 3 NiPh 3 (solv) 3 ”: revealing the hidden C 6 H 4 ligand. Chemical Science, 13(18), pp. 5268-5276. The Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/d2sc01244h

Duvinage, Daniel; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Grabowsky, Simon; Mebs, Stefan; Beckmann, Jens (2022). Lewis Superacidic Divalent Bis( m ‐terphenyl)element Cations [(2,6‐Mes 2 C 6 H 3 ) 2 E] + of Group 13 Revisited and Extended (E=B, Al, Ga, In, Tl). European journal of inorganic chemistry, 26(1) Wiley-VCH 10.1002/ejic.202200482

Feige, Felix; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Rychagova, Elena; Ketkov, Sergey; Grabowsky, Simon; Hupf, Emanuel; Beckmann, Jens (2021). Perfluorinated Trialkoxysilanol with Dramatically Increased Brønsted Acidity. Chemistry - a European journal, 27(64), pp. 15898-15902. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.202103177

Kleemiss, Florian; Dolomanov, Oleg V.; Bodensteiner, Michael; Peyerimhoff, Norbert; Midgley, Laura; Bourhis, Luc J.; Genoni, Alessandro; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Spencer, John L.; White, Fraser; Grundkötter-Stock, Bernhard; Steinhauer, Simon; Lentz, Dieter; Puschmann, Horst; Grabowsky, Simon (2021). Accurate crystal structures and chemical properties from NoSpherA2. Chemical Science, 12(5), pp. 1675-1692. The Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/d0sc05526c

Holsten, Sebastian; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Kleemiss, Florian; Mebs, Stefan; Hupf, Emanuel; Grabowsky, Simon; Beckmann, Jens (2021). Different Reactivities of (5-Ph 2 P-Ace-6-) 2 MeSiH toward the Rhodium(I) Chlorides [(C 2 H 4 ) 2 RhCl] 2 and [(CO) 2 RhCl] 2 . Hirshfeld Atom Refinement of a Rh–H···Si Interaction. Organometallics, 40(13), pp. 2027-2038. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.organomet.0c00804

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Genoni, Alessandro; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Turner, Michael J.; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishibori, Eiji; Grabowsky, Simon (2021). The advanced treatment of hydrogen bonding in quantum crystallography. Journal of applied crystallography, 54(3), pp. 718-729. Wiley 10.1107/S1600576721001126

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Genoni, Alessandro; Grabowsky, Simon (2021). lamaGOET : an interface for quantum crystallography. Journal of applied crystallography, 54(3), pp. 987-995. Wiley 10.1107/S1600576721002545

Pawlędzio, Sylwia; Malinska, Maura; Woińska, Magdalena; Wojciechowski, Jakub; Malaspina, Lorraine Andrade; Kleemiss, Florian; Grabowsky, Simon; Woźniak, Krzysztof (2021). Relativistic Hirshfeld atom refinement of an organo-gold(I) compound. IUCrJ, 8(4), pp. 608-620. International Union of Crystallography 10.1107/S2052252521004541

Ashcroft, Christopher M.; Cole, Jacqueline M.; Lin, Tze-Chia; Lee, Seung-Chul; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Kwon, O-Pil (2020). Multiphase structural models and hyperpolarizability calculations explain second-order nonlinear optical properties of stilbazolium ions. Physical review materials, 4(11) American Physical Society 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.115203

Kleemiss, Florian; Justies, Aileen; Duvinage, Daniel; Watermann, Patrick; Ehrke, Eric; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Fugel, Malte; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Dittmer, Anneke; Kleemiss, Torsten; Puylaert, Pim; King, Nelly R.; Staubitz, Anne; Tzschentke, Thomas M.; Dringen, Ralf; Grabowsky, Simon; Beckmann, Jens (2020). Sila-Ibuprofen. Journal of medicinal chemistry, 63(21), pp. 12614-12622. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c00813

Damgaard-Møller, Emil; Krause, Lennard; Lassen, Helene; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Grabowsky, Simon; Bamberger, Heiko; McGuire, Jake; Miras, Haralampos N.; Sproules, Stephen; Overgaard, Jacob (2020). Investigating Complex Magnetic Anisotropy in a Co(II) Molecular Compound: A Charge Density and Correlated Ab Initio Electronic Structure Study. Inorganic chemistry, 59(18), pp. 13190-13200. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c01489

Pal, Rumpa; Jelsch, Christian; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Edwards, Alison J.; Murshed, M. Mangir; Grabowsky, Simon (2020). Syn and anti polymorphs of 2,6-dimethoxy benzoic acid and its molecular and ionic cocrystals: Structural analysis and energetic perspective. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1221, p. 128721. Elsevier 10.1016/j.molstruc.2020.128721

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Hoser, Anna A.; Edwards, Alison J.; Woińska, Magdalena; Turner, Michael J.; Price, Jason R.; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishibori, Eiji; Bürgi, Hans-Beat; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Grabowsky, Simon (2020). Hydrogen atoms in bridging positions from quantum crystallographic refinements: influence of hydrogen atom displacement parameters on geometry and electron density. CrystEngComm, 22(28), pp. 4778-4789. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/d0ce00378f

Wieduwilt, Erna K.; Macetti, Giovanni; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Grabowsky, Simon; Genoni, Alessandro (2020). Post-Hartree-Fock methods for Hirshfeld atom refinement: are they necessary? Investigation of a strongly hydrogen-bonded molecular crystal. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1209, p. 127934. Elsevier 10.1016/j.molstruc.2020.127934

Olaru, Marian; Duvinage, Daniel; Naß, Yannik; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Mebs, Stefan; Beckmann, Jens (2020). Intramolekulare Reaktionen transienter Phosphenium‐ und Arsenium‐Ionen führen zur Bildung isolierbarer 9‐Phospha‐ und 9‐Arsena‐Fluorenium‐Ionen. Angewandte Chemie, 132(34), pp. 14520-14524. Wiley 10.1002/ange.202006728

Olaru, Marian; Duvinage, Daniel; Naß, Yannik; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Mebs, Stefan; Beckmann, Jens (2020). Intramolecular Reaction of Transient Phosphenium and Arsenium Ions Giving Rise to Isolable 9‐Phospha‐ and 9‐Arsena‐Fluorenium Ions. Angewandte Chemie (International ed.), 59(34), pp. 14414-14417. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/anie.202006728

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Wieduwilt, Erna K.; Bergmann, Justin; Kleemiss, Florian; Meyer, Benjamin; Ruiz-López, Manuel F.; Pal, Rumpa; Hupf, Emanuel; Beckmann, Jens; Piltz, Ross O.; Edwards, Alison J.; Grabowsky, Simon; Genoni, Alessandro (2019). Fast and Accurate Quantum Crystallography: From Small to Large, from Light to Heavy. The journal of physical chemistry letters, 10(22), pp. 6973-6982. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02646

Fugel, Malte; Ponomarenko, Maksym V.; Hesse, Maxie F.; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Kleemiss, Florian; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Genoni, Alessandro; Röschenthaler, Gerd-Volker; Grabowsky, Simon (2019). Complementary bonding analysis of the N–Si interaction in pentacoordinated silicon compounds using quantum crystallography. Dalton transactions, 48(43), pp. 16330-16339. Royal Society of Chemistry 10.1039/C9DT02772F

Yanai, Hikaru; Suzuki, Takumi; Kleemiss, Florian; Fukaya, Haruhiko; Dobashi, Yasuo; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Grabowsky, Simon; Matsumoto, Takashi (2019). Chemical Bonding in Polarised Push-Pull Ethylenes. Angewandte Chemie (International ed.), 58(26), pp. 8839-8844. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/anie.201904176

Fugel, Malte; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Pal, Rumpa; Thomas, Sajesh P.; Shi, Ming W.; Spackman, Mark A.; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Grabowsky, Simon (2019). Revisiting a Historical Concept by Using Quantum Crystallography: Are Phosphate, Sulfate and Perchlorate Anions Hypervalent? Chemistry - a European journal, 25(26), pp. 6523-6532. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.201806247

Hupf, Emanuel; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Holsten, Sebastian; Kleemiss, Florian; Edwards, Alison J.; Price, Jason R.; Kozich, Valeri; Heyne, Karsten; Mebs, Stefan; Grabowsky, Simon; Beckmann, Jens (2019). Proximity Enforced Agostic Interactions Involving Closed-Shell Coinage Metal Ions. Inorganic chemistry, 58(24), pp. 16372-16378. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01845

Pal, Rumpa; Mebs, Stefan; Shi, Ming W.; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Krzeszczakowska, Joanna M.; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Wiecko, Michal; Luger, Peter; Hesse, Malte; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Beckmann, Jens; Grabowsky, Simon (2018). Linear MgCp*2 vs Bent CaCp*2 : London Dispersion, Ligand-Induced Charge Localizations, and Pseudo-Pregostic C–H···Ca Interactions. Inorganic chemistry, 57(9), pp. 4906-4920. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b03079

Fugel, Malte; Kleemiss, Florian; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Pal, Rumpa; Spackman, Peter R.; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Grabowsky, Simon (2018). Investigating the Resonance in Nitric Acid and the Nitrate Anion Based on a Modern Bonding Analysis. Australian journal of chemistry, 71(4), pp. 227-237. CSIRO Publishing 10.1071/CH17583

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; White, Allan H.; Wege, Dieter; Tolmie, Michael B.; Skelton, Brian W.; Grabowsky, Simon (2017). Tautomerism in acyl-pyrazolones and in a novel photolysis product—importance and impact of the accurate localization of hydrogen atoms in crystal structures. Structural chemistry, 28(5), pp. 1343-1357. Springer 10.1007/s11224-017-1005-0

Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Edwards, Alison J.; Woińska, Magdalena; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Turner, Michael J.; Price, Jason R.; Herbst-Irmer, Regine; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Nishibori, Eiji; Grabowsky, Simon (2017). Predicting the Position of the Hydrogen Atom in the Short Intramolecular Hydrogen Bond of the Hydrogen Maleate Anion from Geometric Correlations. Crystal growth & design, 17(7), pp. 3812-3825. American Chemical Society 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b00390

Chulanova, Elena A.; Pritchina, Elena A.; Malaspina, Lorraine A.; Grabowsky, Simon; Mostaghimi, Farzin; Beckmann, Jens; Bagryanskaya, Irina Yu.; Shakhova, Margarita V.; Konstantinova, Lidia S.; Rakitin, Oleg A.; Gritsan, Nina P.; Zibarev, Andrey V. (2017). New Charge-Transfer Complexes with 1,2,5-Thiadiazoles as Both Electron Acceptors and Donors Featuring an Unprecedented Addition Reaction. Chemistry - a European journal, 23(4), pp. 852-864. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.201604121

Oliveira, S. S.; Santin, L. G.; Almeida, L. R.; Malaspina, L. A.; Lariucci, C.; Silva, J. F.; Fernandes, W. B.; Aquino, G. L. B.; Gargano, R.; Camargo, A. J.; Napolitano, H. B. (2017). Synthesis, characterization, and computational study of the supramolecular arrangement of a novel cinnamic acid derivative. Journal of molecular modeling, 23(2) Springer 10.1007/s00894-016-3203-x

Fernandes, W. B.; Malaspina, L. A.; Martins, F. T.; Lião, L. M.; Camargo, A. J.; Lariucci, C.; Noda-Perez, C.; Napolitano, H. B. (2013). Conformational variability in a new terpenoid-like bischalcone: Structure and theoretical studies. Journal of Structural Chemistry, 54(6), pp. 1112-1121. Springer 10.1134/S0022476613060164