# Display a Ph.D. Thesis title when using biblatex-chem

I'm using biblatex with biblatex-chem and have I can't display the title of a Ph.D. thesis. I've dug around the documentation but have not found a solution. I've noticed biblatex treats a thesis differently to bibtex in the .bib but I don't know if this has an effect.

Here is the entry in the .bib:

    @THESIS{xu_synthesis_2008,
author = {Xu, Shu},
title = {Synthesis of high quality {low-toxic} semiconductor nanocrystals},
institution = {University of East Anglia},
year = {2008},
type = {{Ph.D. Thesis}},
owner = {Paul},
timestamp = {2011.08.25}
}


Here is the document:

    \documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}

\usepackage[british]{babel}

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=chem-angew, articletitle, chaptertitle, language=auto, doi, defernumbers=true]{biblatex}
\usepackage[autostyle]{csquotes}

\begin{document}

\nocite{xu_synthesis_2008}

\printbibliography

\end{document}


The output looks like this.

[1] S. Xu, Ph.D. Thesis, University of East Anglia, 2008.

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Please add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. – N.N. Aug 30 '11 at 14:05
Which style do you mean? That I know of, none of the chemistry journals include thesis title in the output. – Joseph Wright Aug 30 '11 at 14:19
I'm writing in the style of Angewandte Chemie International Edition. It is much more likely it is my missunderstanding of the journals rules. Is there a way to turn it on if you want to bend the rules for a personal document? – Darling Aug 30 '11 at 14:31
The journal guidelines (onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291521-3773/…) give only one example for a thesis, but this does not include the title. – Joseph Wright Aug 30 '11 at 14:43

At the moment you can add the modification of the bibliography driver:

\DeclareBibliographyDriver{thesis}{%
\usebibmacro{bibindex}%
\usebibmacro{begentry}%
\usebibmacro{author}%
\setunit{\labelnamepunct}\newblock
\printlist{language}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{byauthor}%
\newunit\newblock
\printfield{note}%
\newunit\newblock
\printfield{type}%
\newunit
\usebibmacro{institution+location+date}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{chapter+pages}%
\newunit
\printfield{pagetotal}%
\newunit\newblock
\iftoggle{bbx:isbn}
{\printfield{isbn}}
{}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{doi+eprint+url}%
\newunit\newblock
\setunit{\bibpagerefpunct}\newblock
\usebibmacro{pageref}%
\usebibmacro{
finentry}%
}


The whole example:

\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{si.bib}
@PHDTHESIS{xu_synthesis_2008,
author = {Xu, Shu},
title = {Synthesis of high quality {low-toxic} semiconductor nanocrystals},
institution = {University of East Anglia},
year = {2008},
type = {{Ph.D. Thesis}},
owner = {Paul},
timestamp = {2011.08.25}
}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}

\usepackage[british]{babel}

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=chem-angew, articletitle, chaptertitle, language=auto, doi, defernumbers=true]{biblatex}
\DeclareBibliographyDriver{thesis}{%
\usebibmacro{bibindex}%
\usebibmacro{begentry}%
\usebibmacro{author}%
\setunit{\labelnamepunct}\newblock
\printlist{language}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{byauthor}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{title}%
\newunit\newblock
\printfield{note}%
\newunit\newblock
\printfield{type}%
\newunit
\usebibmacro{institution+location+date}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{chapter+pages}%
\newunit
\printfield{pagetotal}%
\newunit\newblock
\iftoggle{bbx:isbn}
{\printfield{isbn}}
{}%
\newunit\newblock
\usebibmacro{doi+eprint+url}%
\newunit\newblock
\setunit{\bibpagerefpunct}\newblock
\usebibmacro{pageref}%
\usebibmacro{finentry}%
}

\usepackage[autostyle]{csquotes}

\begin{document}

\nocite{xu_synthesis_2008}

\printbibliography

\end{document}


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Beat me to it by a couple of minutes :-) – Joseph Wright Aug 30 '11 at 14:42
@Joseph Wright: :D – Marco Daniel Aug 30 '11 at 14:47
Thanks guys. I don't understand how it works but it does the job :) – Darling Aug 30 '11 at 15:07