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Synthesis, Properties and Mineralogy of Important Inorganic Materials



Synthesis, Properties and Mineralogy of Important Inorganic Materials

Terence E. Warner

ISBN: 978-0-470-74611-0 January 2011 288 Pages


Intended as a textbook for courses involving preparative solid-state chemistry, this book offers clear and detailed descriptions on how to prepare a selection of inorganic materials that exhibit important optical, magnetic and electrical properties, on a laboratory scale. The text covers a wide range of preparative methods and can be read as separate, independent chapters or as a unified coherent body of work. Discussions of various chemical systems reveal how the properties of a material can often be influenced by modifications to the preparative procedure, and vice versa. References to mineralogy are made throughout the book since knowledge of naturally occurring inorganic substances is helpful in devising many of the syntheses and in characterizing the product materials.

A set of questions at the end of each chapter helps to connect theory with practice, and an accompanying solutions manual is available to instructors. This book is also of appeal to postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and those working in industry requiring knowledge of solid-state synthesis.

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Inside Front Cover: Periodic Table of the Elements.

Inside Back Cover: Divisions of Geological Time.

Foreword (Derek J. Fray).



1 Introduction.

2 Practical Equipment.

2.1 Containers.

2.2 Milling.

2.3 Fabrication of Ceramic Monoliths.

2.4 Furnaces.

2.5 Powder X-ray Diffractometry.

3 Artificial Cuprorivaite CaCuSi4O10 (Egyptian Blue) by a Salt-Flux Method.

4 Artificial Covellite CuS by a Solid–Vapour Reaction.

5 Turbostratic Boron Nitride t-BN by a Solid–Gas Reaction Using Ammonia as the Nitriding Reagent.

6 Rubidium Copper Iodide Chloride Rb4Cu16I7Cl13 by a Solid-State Reaction.

7 Copper Titanium Zirconium Phosphate CuTiZr(PO4)3 by a Solid-State Reaction Using Ammonium Dihydrogenphosphate as the Phosphating Reagent.

8 Cobalt Ferrite CoFe2O4 by a Coprecipitation Method.

9 Lead Zirconate Titanate PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 by a Coprecipitation Method Followed by Calcination.

10 Yttrium Barium Cuprate YBa2Cu3O7–δ (δ ~ 0) by a Solid-State Reaction Followed by Oxygen Intercalation.

11 Single Crystals of Ordered Zinc–Tin Phosphide ZnSnP2 by a Solution-Growth Technique Using Molten Tin as the Solvent.

12 Artificial Kieftite CoSb3 by an Antimony Self-Flux Method.

13 Artificial Violarite FeNi2S4 by a Hydrothermal Method Using DL-Penicillamine as the Sulfiding Reagent.

14 Artificial Willemite Zn1.96Mn0.04SiO4 by a Hybrid Coprecipitation and Sol-Gel Method.

15 Artificial Scheelite CaWO4 by a Microwave-Assisted Solid-State Metathetic Reaction.

16 Artificial Hackmanite Na8[Al6Si6O24]Cl1.8S0.1 by a Structure-Conversion Method with Annealing Under a Reducing Atmosphere.

17 Gold-Ruby Glass from a Potassium-Antimony-Borosilicate Melt with a Controlled Annealing.


"The volume is designed as a textbook for a graduate or senior undergraduate laboratory course in chemistry, ceramics, materials science, and solid state physics." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)


  • Offers students clear and detailed instructions on how to prepare inorganic materials.
  • Emphasis on high-temperature preparative techniques.
  • A classic collection of inorganic materials with a focus on electroceramics.
  • Emphasizes the interplay between the synthesis of a material and its properties.
  • Contains a set of questions at the end of each chapter to help connect theory with practice. An accompanying solutions manual is available to instructors.