Crystallography of Modular Materials

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byGiovanni Ferraris, Emil Makovicky, Stefano Merlino

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This is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of theories and applications in the rapidly expanding field of the crystallography of modular materials. Molecules are the natural modules from which molecular crystalline structures are built. Most inorganic structures, however, areinfinite arrays of atoms and some kinds of surrogate modules, e.g. co-ordination polyhedra, are usually used to describe them. In recent years the attention has been focused on complex modules as the basis for a systematic description of polytypes and homologous/polysomatic series (modularstructures). This representation is applied to the modelling of unknown structures and understanding nanoscale defects and intergrowths in materials. The Order/Disorder (OD) theory is fundamental to developing a systematic theory of polytypism, dealing with those structures based on both ordered anddisordered stacking of one or more layers. Twinning at both unit-cell and micro-scale, together with disorder, causes many problems, "demons", for computer-based methods of crystal structure determination. This book develops the theory of twinning with the inclusion of worked examples, convertingthe "demons" into useful indicators for unravelling crystal structure. In spite of the increasing use of the concepts of modular crystallography for characterising, understanding and tailoring technological crystalline materials, this is the first book to offer a unified treatment of the results,which are spread across many different journals and original papers published over the last twenty years.

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This is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of theories and applications in the rapidly expanding field of the crystallography of modular materials. Molecules are the natural modules from which molecular crystalline structures are built. Most inorganic structures, however, areinfinite arrays of atoms and some kinds of s...

Giovanni Ferraris is at Faculty of Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences, University of Turin, Italy. Emil Makovicky is at the Mineralogy Department of the Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Stefano Merlino is at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199545693

ISBN - 13:9780199545698

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Table of Contents

1. Modular series - principles and types2. Ordered derivative structures3. Polytypes and polytype categories4. Application of modularity to structure description and modelling5. Modularity at crystal scale - twinning