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Chemical Crystallography before X-ray Diffraction

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  • Dr. Krešimir Molčanov,

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    1. Department of Physical Chemistry, Rudjer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)
    • Krešimir Molčanov, Department of Physical Chemistry, Rudjer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

      Vladimir Stilinović, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

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  • Dr. Vladimir Stilinović

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)
    • Krešimir Molčanov, Department of Physical Chemistry, Rudjer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

      Vladimir Stilinović, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, HR-10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

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  • We thank Dr. Dalibor Milić, Prof. Nenad Judaš (University of Zagreb), and the referees for suggestions and critical reading of the manuscript.

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2012/2013 mark the 100th anniversary of von Laue's diffraction of X-rays from single crystals of copper sulfate, the postulation of Bragg's law, and the solution of the first X-ray structure. However, even before 1912, the study of crystals was an integral part of chemistry and it played a major role in development of modern chemical science, including key concepts such as atoms, molecules, isomerism, and chirality.

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