Crystal Structures

Lattices and Solids in Stereoview


  • M Ladd, University of Surrey, UK

This survey of the important types of inorganic and organic crystal structures treats its subject thoroughly and in sufficient depth for undergraduate modules in chemistry courses. Features of this book are the instructions for 3D stereoviewing which is central to a full appreciation of the presentation. Clear directions for making your own stereo have been provided in the book, which enables readers to examine the plentiful stereo of lattices and crystal structures which are illustrated.

The introductory chapter explains point-group and space-group symmetry insofar as required to understand lattices and crystal structures. Crystal structures are sub-divided according to the atomic force mainly responsible for cohesion in the solid state, The descriptions of the structures are gi in crystallographic terms, including data on the space group, molecular symmetry and molecular geometry. Discussions of bonding theory for each sub-division of the structures enhance and strengthen the author’s presentation.

The book stems from the author’s successful lecture courses, tested and refined in class teaching. It draws as necessary on equilibrium thermodynamics and other chemical topics, with avoidance of advanced mathematics, A level being the prerequisite.
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Undergraduate students taking chemistry or any subject where chemistry forms a significant component


Book information

  • Published: June 1999
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-898563-63-1


This unique book approaches traditional crystallography, descriptive solid state chemistry and physical chemistry and is suited for upper level solid state chemistry courses., Journal of Chemical Education
Packed with information, this thorough discussion of the arrangement of atoms in crystals is recommended for upper division under-graduates through faculty., Choice
Copiously illustrated with stereoviews. A useful book, not only for undergraduates, but also for all chemists and physicists interested in the solid state., Chemistry and Industry

Table of Contents

Lattices and their properties; Ionic structures; Covalent structures; Metallic structures; Molecular structures; Problem solving: Programs on the internet; Appendices on point-group recognition, Madelung constants, and reciprocal space; References; Tutorial solutions.