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Inorganic Structural Chemistry, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-05726-1
280 pages
September 2007
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The essential introduction to the understanding of the structure of inorganic solids and materials. This revised and updated 2nd Edition looks at new developments and research results within Structural Inorganic Chemistry in a number of ways, special attention is paid to crystalline solids, elucidation and description of the spatial order of atoms within a chemical compound.  Structural principles of inorganic molecules and solids are described through traditional concepts, modern bond-theoretical theories, as well as taking symmetry as a leading principle.
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction.

2. Description of Chemical Structures.

3. Symmetry.

4. Polymorphism and Phase Transition.

5. Structure, Energy and Chemical Bonding.

6. The Effective Size of Atoms.

7. Ionic Compounds.

8. Molecular Structures I: Compounds of Main Group Elements.

9. Molecular Structures II: Compounds of Transition Metals.

10. Molecular Orbital Theory and Chemical Bonding in Solids.

11. The Elements Structures of the Nonmetals.

12. Diamonds-like Structures.

13. Polyaniotic and Polycationic Compounds, Zintl Phases.

14. Packing of Spheres, Metal Structures.

15. The Sphere-packing Principle for Compounds.

16. Linked Polyhedra.

17. Packings of Spheres with Occupied Interstices.

18. Symmetry as the Organizing Principle for Crystal Structures.

19. Physical Properties of Solids.

20. Nanostructures.

21. Pitfalls and Linguistic Aberrations.


Answers to the Problems.


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Author Information

Ulrich Müller. Born in 1940 in Bogotá, Colombia. School attendance in Bogotá, then in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and finally in Fellbach, Germany. Studied chemistry at the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, obtaining the degree of Diplom-Chemiker in 1963. Work on the doctoral thesis in inorganic chemistry was performed in Stuttgart and at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the research groups of K. Dehnicke and K. S. Vorres, respectively. The doctor's degree in natural sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) was awarded by the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart in 1966. Subsequent post-doctoral work in crystallography and crystal structure determinations was performed in the research group of H. Bärnighausen at the Universität Karlsruhe, Germany. Appointed in 1972 as professor of inorganic chemistry at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, then from 1992 to 1999 at the Universität Kassel, Germany, and since 1999 again in Marburg. Helped installing a graduate school of chemistry as visiting professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica from 1975 to 1977. Courses in spectroscopic methods were repeatedly given at different universities in Costa Rica, Brazil and Chile. Main areas of scientific interest: synthetic inorganic chemistry, crystallography and crystal structure systematics, crystallographic group theory. Co-author of Chemie, a textbook for beginners, Schwingungsspektroskopie, a textbook about the application of vibrational spectroscopy, and of Schwingungsfrequenzen I and II (tables of characteristic molecular vibrational frequencies); co-author and co-editor of International Tables for Crystallography, Vol. A1.
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New to This Edition

In this second edition of this popular textbook, the text has been revised and new scientific findings have been taken into consideration. For example, many recently discovered modifications of the elements have been included, most of which occur at high pressures. Particular attention is given to the treatment of symmetry throughout the book. New sections deal with quasicrystals and other not strictly crystalline solids, with phase transitions and with the electron localization function. There is a new chapter on nanostructures.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • The 2nd Edition of a highly successful textbook
  • The textbook is based on many years of teaching this subject to a wide range of students
  • There's no competing English language book on the market
  • The section on `Symmetry Relations Between Crystal Structures` is unique: no textbook has yet looked at this method to bring order to the large amount of different solid state structures
  • This is essential reading for every student intending to move into the area of solid state chemistry and inorganic materials
  • This is the introductory text to the forthcoming books in this Series, focusing on inorganic materials
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This book is a good teaching resource. (Reviews, June 2008)
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