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Inorganic Structural Chemistry, 2nd Edition


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Inorganic Structural Chemistry, 2nd Edition

Ulrich Müller

ISBN: 978-0-470-01864-4 October 2006 280 Pages

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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.

1 Introduction.

2 Description of Chemical Structures.

3 Symmetry.

4 Polymorphism and Phase Transitions.

5 Chemical Bonding and Lattice Energy.

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 Element Structures of the Nonmetals.

12 Diamond-like Structures.

13 Polyanionic and Polycationic Compounds. Zintl Phases.

14 Packings 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.


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.
"I found this book useful and I would use it in courses of chemistry or physics of the solid state, advanced inorganic chemistry for undergraduate and postgraduate students." (The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre, June 2008)

"…quite useful for…advanced undergraduate and graduate chemistry students." (CHOICE, July 2007)

" … very useful reading for graduate student coursework … recommend the work … with its compact yet broad coverage review of the subject." (Applied Organometallic Chemistry, December 2006)

  • 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