Uniting Electron Crystallography and Powder Diffraction

Ute Kolb, Kenneth Shankland, Louisa Meshi, Anatoly Avilov, William David

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The polycrystalline and nanocrystalline states play an increasingly important role in exploiting the properties of materials, encompassing applications as diverse as pharmaceuticals, catalysts, solar cells and energy storage. A knowledge of the three-dimensional atomic and molecular structure of materials is essential for understanding and controlling their properties, yet traditional single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods lose their power when only polycrystalline and nanocrystalline samples are available. It is here that powder diffraction and single-crystal electron diffraction techniques take over, substantially extending the range of applicability of the crystallographic principles of structure determination.  This volume, a collection of teaching contributions presented at the Crystallographic Course in Erice in 2011, clearly describes the fundamentals and the state-of-the-art of powder diffraction and electron diffraction methods in materials characterisation, encompassing a diverse range of disciplines and materials stretching from archeometry to zeolites.   As such, it is a comprehensive and valuable resource for those wishing to gain an understanding of the broad applicability of these two rapidly developing fields.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands; Imprint: Springer
Number of pages434
Edition1st ed. 2012
ISBN (Electronic)9400755805
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics
PublisherSpringer Netherlands; Imprint: Springer
ISSN (Electronic)1874-6500


  • Physics
  • electron diffraction
  • materials characterization
  • powder diffraction
  • structure analysis


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