Item description for Crystal Structure Determination by Werner Massa & Robert O. Gould...
Highly praised for its practical and insightful approach, this textbook gives a concise introduction to modern crystal structure determination, emphasizing both the crystallographic background and how to actually perform it. The theoretical sections stress comprehension, supported by many illustrations, than to a rigorous derivation of the mathematics. Key measuring techniques, including the use of modern area detectors, and the methods of data reduction, structure solution and refinement are discussed from a practical point of view. Many tips and insights help readers to recognize and avoid possible errors and traps, and to wisely judge the quality of results. The second edition has been completely updated and extended, especially the chapter on structural interpretation.From the reviews of the first edition -"Distinguished by its attention to the practicalities of working with real crystals?a lucid and relatively concise account of modern crystal structure solution ?valuable to anyone who has an interest in crystal structure refinement." The Geological Journal"Details at great length the inherent pitfalls and errors that one may encounter when calculating crystal structures using new software programs. The author does an excellent job of describing these errors and ways to recognize them when they appear in your calculations?" Mineralium Deposita
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2004
ISBN 3540206442 ISBN13 9783540206446
Reviews - What do customers think about Crystal Structure Determination?
still uses Schonflies notation?! Jun 23, 2007
For any physicist or chemist involved in finding the structure of a given crystal, this book gives a useful read. It treats the subject at a level suitable for a 3rd or 4th year undergrad, who has access to the various crystallographic equipment described in the book. Like a 3 circle goniometer, CCD collection system, and a computer for data reduction. The basic ideas often involve finding the reciprocal space of the latter, via the scattering.
There is not much quantum mechanical theory here. Much of the treatment involves classical scattering off the atoms in the crystal. A more sophisticated text would describe the QM. But it turns out that for finding structures, the book's level of analysis is quite adequate.
What could be a little surprising is that in the descriptions of the crystal classes, that Schonflies notation is also used, along with the standard international notation. In the early 80s, Schonflies notation was being phased out. Surprised to see it still in use.
The Book Doctors Recommend Most Aug 14, 2005
This is the ideal book for the beginner and in my opinion a must-read. In the excellent translation by Robert O. Gould, "Crystal Structure Determination" by Werner Massa explains all the basics from symmetry in real and reciprocal space, over generation of X-rays and other practical aspects, all the way to structure solution and refinement. Massa keeps the book simple and understandable and uses mathematical formulae carefully and only when helpful or necessary. I learned the basics of crystallography from the German original of "the Massa". Now that I am a teacher of crystallography myself, this is the book I recommend to my students.
Useful tool for all dealing with structure determination Sep 12, 2001
Single crystal structure determination has become an important and extremely powerful tool not only for inorganic and structural chemists but for all kinds of chemists interested in the structures of their compounds. The major disadvantage of this method was hitherto the lack of useful introductions into it's practical use. This gap has been filled by Massa's book. It focuses - unlike other crystallography books - on the practical applications and enables the reader to attack own structural problems by himself. Additionally, this book will provide the necessary theoretical background to understand how X-ray diffraction works, how crystals are built, all this symmetry stuff and so on. The absolute highlight is, however, the step-by-step explanation of a structure determination, where one can almost see the author sitting in front of his computer and struggling with one of his structures, explaining every step in detail. Crystallography still needs heavy brain work sometimes. But this book won't cause unnecessary headaches as many other crystallography books do. Therefore, I recommend this book warmly to my crystallography students.
Crystal Structure Determination Mar 28, 2000
This review is important for me because I'm working in a Lab.