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Concepts and Nomenclature in Chemical Crystallography

Supramolecular Materials Chemistry

  1. Leonard J. Barbour1,
  2. Dinabandhu Das1,
  3. Tia Jacobs1,
  4. Gareth O. Lloyd2,
  5. Vincent J. Smith1

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc108

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

How to Cite

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. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  2. 2

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • chemical crystallography;
  • concepts;
  • nomenclature;
  • terminology;
  • language