Concepts and Nomenclature in Chemical Crystallography
Supramolecular Materials Chemistry
Published Online: 15 MAR 2012
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Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials
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Barbour, L. J., Das, D., Jacobs, T., Lloyd, G. O. and Smith, V. J. 2012. Concepts and Nomenclature in Chemical Crystallography. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .
- Published Online: 15 MAR 2012
The concepts relating to the structures and properties of crystals involve numerous terms that might be especially bewildering to the nonspecialist. Many of these terms have been borrowed and/or adapted from mineralogy, a much older branch of crystallography and involving a different community of researchers, while others have been coined at will to describe either new concepts or concepts for which suitable terms did not exist before. As a result, crystallographic nomenclature is far from systematic and the lexicon of modern crystallography has evolved as a haphazard collection of terms. This contribution presents a survey of the concepts that arise during the crystallographic studies of crystals, with the rather ambitious goal of achieving disambiguation regarding nomenclature. The authors specifically discuss terms that they have identified as being highly relevant to modern chemical crystallography.
- chemical crystallography;