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Features an elegant exploration of the many facets of high pressure chemistry, for both graduates and postgraduates
Presents a study that includes applications to inorganic solid state chemistry, organic chemistry, biomolecules as well as basic principles of HPC
A monograph spanning solid state and materials chemistry. Aimed to prime those who have just entered the research field (must have a thorough grounding in theory); also beneficial to researchers with a focus on new directions in HPC.
Outline contents: 1. Introduction • High pressures in context: from interstellar space to the interiors of stars • A historical overview • Pressure as a variable for chemistry studies 2. Basic principles of high pressure • Hydrothermal bombs and gas vessels • "Large volume" high pressure devices • Diamond anvil cells • Shock waves and explosions • Studying chemistry, structure and properties at high pressure 3. Solid state chemistry, geochemistry and mineralogy • Forming dense mineral structures: understanding the interior of the earth • Project superhard: diamond and other dense materials • New magnetic materials and superconductors • Tuning the properties of solid state materials 4. Molecular chemistry: electronic structure and reaction pathways • Organic reactions at high pressure • Electronic structure in inorganic and organometallic complexes • Supercritical fluids • Condensed gases at very high pressure: new dense solids 5. Biological molecules under pressure • Why is important? From food preservation to the origin of life • Proteins: denaturation, configurational energy landscapes and fibril formation • Lipid packing at high pressure • Nucleic acids • Cells, organisms and biological processes 6. New directions • Using high pressure to design complex new materials • Clathrate structures and energy production • Nanoparticles and high pressure chemistry 7. Epilogue 8. Index