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  • 438 b/w illus. 83 tables 400 exercises
  • Page extent: 876 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 2.014 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521651516)

Blending rigorous presentation with ease of reading, this self-contained textbook covers the fundamentals of crystallography, symmetry and diffraction to several classes of materials. The first half of the book is a systematic treatment of the basics of crystallography, discussing bonding, crystal systems, symmetry, point groups and concepts of diffraction. The latter half is more advanced in scope, applying structural determination methods to the study of a broad range of materials, including metallic, ceramic, covalent, amorphous, molecular solids and nanomaterials. Throughout the text, mathematical theory and abstraction is complemented by a highly visual approach, allowing the reader to fully comprehend crystal structure. With over 430 illustrations, 400 homework problems and crystal structure files, this is suitable for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses on crystallography within materials science and engineering. Additional resources for this title including solutions for instructors, data files for crystal structures, and appendices, are available at

• Highly visual to enhance reader understanding of crystal structure • Contains over 430 illustrations and 400 homework problems, with solutions and data files for more than 100 crystal structures available online • Chapters graded by difficulty, allowing the instructor to select appropriate material with ease


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Materials and material properties; 2. The periodic table and bonds; 3. What is a crystal structure?; 4. Crystallographic computations; 5. Lattice planes; 6. Reciprocal space; 7. Additional crystallographic computations; 8. Symmetry in crystallography; 9. Point groups; 10. Plane groups and space groups; 11. X-ray diffraction - geometry; 12. X-ray diffraction - intensities; 13. Other diffraction techniques; 14. About crystal structures and diffraction patterns; 15. Non-crystallographic point groups; 16. Periodic and aperiodic tilings; 17. Metallic and covalent structures I; 18. Metallic crystal structures II; 19. Metal crystal structures III - RT systems; 20. Metal structures IV - quasicrystals; 21. Metal structures V - amorphous metals; 22. Ceramic structures I; 23. Ceramic structures II - high temperature superconductors; 24. Ceramic crystal structures III - silicates and aluminates; 25. Molecular solids; Bibliography; Index.


'The organisation and content captivates and excites the reader throughout the book … Readers of this book will gain a full appreciation of material structure, including metallic, ceramic, amorphous, molecular solids and nanomaterials. In addition, the learning experience of the comprehensive contents and rigourous presentation is not dull. The book includes clear illustrations for more than 100 crystal structures. Together with the writing style of the authors, the overall reading experience is enjoyable.' Journal of Materials

'… an excellent introductory textbook … may be used with success by all who are interested in the problems of crystallography and new materials.' I. A. Parinov, Zentralblatt MATH

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