Crystal Structure Determination

Authors: Massa, Werner

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To solve a crystal structure means to determine the precise spatial arrangements of all of the atoms in a chemical compound in the crystalline state. This knowledge gives a chemist access to a large range of information, including connectivity, conformation, and accurate bond lengths and angles. In addition, it implies the stoichiometry, the density, the symmetry and the three dimensional packing of the atoms in the solid. Since interatomic distances are in the region of100-300 pm or 1-3 A, 1 microscopy using visible light (wavelength Ä ca. 300-700 nm) is not applicable (Fig. l. l). In 1912, Max von Laue showed that crystals are based on a three dimensionallattice which scatters radiation with a wavelength in the vicinity of interatomic distances, i. e. X -rays with Ä = 50-300 pm. The process bywhich this radiation, without changing its wave­ length, is converted through interference by the lattice to a vast number of observable "reflections" with characteristic directions in space is called X-ray diffraction. The method by which the directions and the intensities of these reflections are measured, and the ordering of the atoms in the crystal deduced from them, is called X-ray struc­ ture analysis. The following chapter deals with the lattice properties of crystals, the starting point for the explanation of these interference phenomena. Interatomic distances Crystals . . . . . . . . . .

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From the reviews:

"Distinguished by its attention to the practicalities of working with real crystals…a lucid and relatively concise account of modern crystal structure solution …valuable to anyone who has an interest in crystal structure refinement." The Geological Journal

"The book provides a nice balance between describing the mathematical fundamentals and offering practical advice on how to solve a crystal structure… appropriate for an undergraduate audience (particularly in chemistry) and for graduate students or researchers who find they need a better grasp of the subject… a very helpful addition to the collection of introductory texts in X-ray crystallography. Especially for its treatment of common errors in the collection of intensity data and in the interpretation of results."

Acta Crystallographica

"Details at great length the inherent pitfalls and errors that one may encounter when calculating crystal structures using new software programs. The author does an excellent job of describing these errors and ways to recognize them when they appear in your calculations." Mineralium Deposita

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This textbook gives a concise introduction to modern crystal structure determination … . The theoretical sections are supported by many illustrations, and lay emphasis on a good understanding … . The most important data collection techniques … are discussed from a practical point of view. Many tips and insights help readers to recognise and avoid possible errors and traps, and to judge the quality of results." (Chimie Nouvelle Societe Royale de Chimie, Vol. 23 (89), juin, 2005)

“‘Crystal Structure Determination’ gives a concise introduction to the subject, with particular emphasis placed on the manner in which contemporary analysis actually occurs. … The strengths of this book are numerous. The presentation is excellent: the diagrams are plentiful and often impressive, and the formatting of the text is very pleasing to the eye. … the research chemist with a desire to appreciate more fully a technique that they are likely to use with increasing frequency – the book should be a helpful companion.” (Andrew Bond, Crystallography News, June, 2004)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crystal Structure Determination
Authors
Translated by
Gould, R.O.
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-06431-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-06431-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-20644-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-05841-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XI, 212
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