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Structure of Materials

Structure of Materials
An Introduction to Crystallography, Diffraction and Symmetry


  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Replaced by 9781107005877
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521651516


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  • 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
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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521651516
    • length: 876 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 196 x 43 mm
    • weight: 2.014kg
    • contains: 438 b/w illus. 83 tables 400 exercises
    • availability: Replaced by 9781107005877
  • Table of Contents

    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

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    Structure of Materials

    Marc De Graef, Michael E. McHenry

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    Marc De Graef, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    Marc De Graef is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he is also co-director of the J. Earle and Mary Roberts Materials Characterization Laboratory. He received his PhD in Physics in 1989 from the Catholic University of Leuven. An accomplished writer in the field, he is on the board of directors for the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).

    Michael E. McHenry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    Michael E. McHenry is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, with an appointment in Physics, at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, USA. He reveived his PhD in Material Science and Engineering in 1988 from MIT, before which, he spent three years working in industry as a Process Engineer. Also an accomplished writer, he is Publication Chair for the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference.

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