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Crystallography of Modular Materials

Giovanni Ferraris, Emil Makovicky, and Stefano Merlino


This book provides a treatment of theories and applications in the rapidly expanding field of the crystallography of modular materials. Molecules are the natural modules from which molecular crystalline structures are built. In recent years, the attention has been focused on complex modules as the basis for a systematic description of polytypes and homologous/polysomatic series (modular structures). This representation is applied to the modelling of unknown structures and understanding nanoscale defects and intergrowths in materials. The Order/Disorder (OD) theory is fundamental to developing ... More

Keywords: polytypes, homologous series, polysomatic series, OD theory, twinning, modelling of crystal structures, modular crystallography, tailoring crystalline materials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giovanni Ferraris, author
Faculty of Mathematical Physical and Natural Sciences, University of Turin, Italy

Emil Makovicky, author
Mineralogy Department of the Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Stefano Merlino, author
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy