Science of Crystal Structures

Highlights in Crystallography

  • Istvan Hargittai
  • Balazs Hargittai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Direct Methods

  3. Beyond the Classical System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Alan L. Mackay
      Pages 37-42
    3. John L. Finney
      Pages 53-68
    4. Mauricio Terrones, Guillermo Terrones, Humberto Terrones
      Pages 101-112
    5. V. Ya. Shevchenko, A. E. Madison, A. L. Mackay
      Pages 113-116
    6. V. Ya. Shevchenko, V. A. Blatov, G. D. Ilyushin
      Pages 117-124
    7. Balazs Hargittai, István Hargittai
      Pages 137-142
    8. Marc de Boissieu
      Pages 143-154
    9. Michael O’Keeffe
      Pages 155-163
    10. Walter Steurer, Sofia Deloudi
      Pages 165-170
  4. Structural and Materials Properties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. R. A. Dunlap, R. C. O’Handley, M. E. McHenry, V. Srinivas
      Pages 173-177
    3. Matthew C. T. Fyfe, J. Fraser Stoddart, David J. Williams
      Pages 213-229
    4. Tom L. Blundell, Victor Bolanos-Garcia, Dimitri Y. Chirgadze, Nicholas J. Harmer, Thomas Lo, Luca Pellegrini et al.
      Pages 231-237
    5. Yuri L. Slovokhotov, Andrei S. Batsanov, Judith A. K. Howard
      Pages 239-253
  5. Data Mining and Management

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-335

About this book


A volume which includes entries on quasicrystals, icosahedral packing, other packing considerations, extended structures, data treatment and data mining is presented by luminaries from the crystallography community. Several of the contributions are from the schools of such trend-setting crystallographers as J. Desmond Bernal and Aleksandr I. Kitaigorodskii. Internationally renowned scientists contributed such as Tom L. Blundell, Johann Jacob Burckhardt, John L. Finney, Jenny P. Glusker, Nobel laureate Herbert A. Hauptman, the 2014 Ewald-Prize winner A. Janner, Aminoff-Prize winner Isabella Karle, Nobel laureate Jerome Karle, Buckley-Prize winner Alan L. Mackay, Ewald-Prize winner David Sayre, Vladimir Shevchenko, and J. Fraser Stoddart. A few frontier topics dominate the selected material. Pioneers of the direct methods describe the phase problem and how it was solved, including the mathematical approach and the utilization of experience with gas-phase electron diffraction. The reviews by Herbert Hauptman, Jerome and Isabella Karle, and David Sayre reach to the present day in assessing the possibilities of X-ray crystallography. Another focus topic is the investigation of systems that are outside the so-called classical system of crystals. They include quasicrystals, imperfect and very small crystals, supramolecular species, crystal structures without lattice, clusters, nanomaterials among others. Application of synchrotron and cryoprotection techniques, the free-electron laser flash technique and others are mentioned in addition to X-ray crystallography. The relationship between structural and materials properties are examined and uncovered. The broader topics of the so-called generalized crystallography include polymers, clusters, polydisperse chain assemblies, and giant icosahedral fullerenes. There are some key contributions related to the structural investigation of biological macromolecules.


Nobel prizes crystallography Quasicrystals properties Quasicrytals periodicity crystallography history protein crystallography x-ray crystallography

Editors and affiliations

  • Istvan Hargittai
    • 1
  • Balazs Hargittai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Inorganic and Analytical CBudapest University of TechnologyBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of ChemistrySaint Francis UniversityLorettoUSA

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