Structure from diffraction methods: Inorganic materials series

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DatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Number of pages338
PublisherWiley;
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781119953227
ISBN (Print)9781118695708

Abstract

Inorganic materials show a diverse range of important properties that are desirable for many contemporary, real-world applications. Good examples include recyclable battery cathode materials for energy storage and transport, porous solids for capture and storage of gases and molecular complexes for use in electronic devices. An understanding of the function of these materials is necessary in order to optimise their behaviour for real applications, hence the importance of 'structure-property relationships'. The chapters presented in this volume deal with recent advances in the characterisation of crystalline materials. They include some familiar diffraction methods, thoroughly updated with modern advances. Also included are techniques that can now probe details of the three-dimensional arrangements of atoms in nanocrystalline solids, allowing aspects of disorder to be studied. Small-angle scattering, a technique that is often overlooked, can probe the ordered structure of materials below the length scale of powder diffraction methods.

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