The properties of a material depend not only on the specific atoms and molecules it contains, but also on the arrangement of these in space. Many of these three-dimensional arrangements are described as "3D-nets" or "3D-networks". Molecule-Based Materials: The Structural Network Approach is about the synthesis, description, nomenclature and analysis of such nets and the relation of the nets to the physical properties of the materials. It introduces the mathematics, and includes a short guide to programs useful for retrieving, analysing and naming nets. Complete with illustrations and examples of coordination polymer and hydrogen bonded nets, this unique easy-to-read book examines all aspects of 3D nets and will undeniably prove itself valuable to newcomers, well-seasoned students and researchers working in crystallography, inorganic or organic chemistry.

Key Features

* Covers all aspects of molecule-based 3D nets, complete with 3D illustrations * Contains summary tables of all nets * Easy reading eliminates the need for background knowledge in crystallography or mathematics


(Under-)Graduate students and academic or industrial researchers in organic, inorganic or materials chemistry, as well as crystallography, pharmaceutical, "electronic" and "photonic" materials, and nanoscience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and a short dictionary of network terminology
Chapter 2. Why bother with nets?
Chapter 3. What is a net?
Chapter 4. Naming the nets and finding them
Chapter 5. The most common 3D-nets
Chapter 6. Three-connected nets
Chapter 7. Four-connected nets
Chapter 8. Nets with both three- and four-connected nodes
Chapter 9. Nets with higher connectivity than four
Chapter 10. Some mathematics related to 3D-nets
Chapter 11. Interpenetration - strategies and nomenclature
Chapter 12. 3D-nets as specific synthetic targets - Crystal Engineering
Chapter 13. Computational tools


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