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In mineralogy and crystallography, a crystal structure is a unique arrangement of atoms or molecules in a crystalline liquid or solid.

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PdPS interlayer distance [closed]

PdPS is being considered as a layered material but when I look at its crystal structure it does not look like that. Fo example I could not figure out its interlayer distance. Does anyone familiar with ...
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HCP unit cell c-axis

Today I was asked to show that the perpendicular height, $H,$ of a regular tetrahedron is related to the length of a side, $L,$ of the tetrahedron, by $H = \sqrt{(2/3)} \cdot L$. I did this no problem....
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Is an amorphous solid a single phase?

Amorphous solid possess short-range order but no long-range order (e.g. amorphous silica, the short-range order is originated from the tetrahedral bonding between Si and O). Is it possible to have ...
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Importance of zinc blende and wurzite crystal structures for semiconductors?

I am currently studying the textbook Physics of Photonics Devices, Second Edition, by Shun Lien Chuang. In a section discussing the basic concepts of semiconductor band and bonding diagrams, the ...
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Rietveld (FullProf) general background function

I was reading through Eric Mittemeijer's book 'Modern Diffraction Methods' when I found the following statement in the Rietveld chapter by Robert Dinnebier. It is common practice to use orthogonal ...
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Data-processing pipeline for protein x-ray crystallography: uncertain of terminology and order of procedures [closed]

Background: I am trying to get an overview of the data-processing pipeline for solving protein structures by x-ray crystallography, and in a very simple way understand what mathematical procedures are ...
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Can a sulfur atom form six single bonds with six other sulfur atoms?

I found out that diamonds consist entirely of carbons singly bonded to other carbons, and it made me curious as to what other elements could form the same structure. Silicon came to mind, being in the ...
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Spacing between adjacent planes of a given set in a simple cubic crystal

Today I learned about Miller indices in a cubic crystal, and I learned that adjacent planes $(hkl)$ in a simple cubic crystal are spaced a distance $d_{hkl}$ from each other, with $d_{hkl}$ given by: ...
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How to make sense of the crystal systems names

I cannot fix the names and structures of the seven crystal systems in my head. There's a thousand books explaining their geometry and it's totally fine and understandable, no problem. But what do the ...
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Interstitial defects in crystals: “high energy configurations”?

In the Wikipedia article on crystallographic defects, a type of point defect known as an interstitial defect is described as follows: Interstitial defects are atoms that occupy a site in the ...
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How sure can we be about the structure of purine?

While answering the question Basicities of nitrogen atoms in purine, I noticed, that there might be a rapid interchange of the hydrogen bonded to the nitrogen atoms. I have found a crystal structure ...
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How to formally calculate the surface density of layered materials such as graphene?

Typically density is defined in units of mass per volume. In the case of graphene it is mass per area, i.e. surface density. What would be the correct way to calculate the surface density (mass per ...
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Some substances appear white when crushed while others do not. Why?

Calcite crystals are semi-transparent but turn white when crushed. I used to think that it has something to do with the scattering of all wavelengths of light from small particles. But that cannot be ...
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Coordination number of carbon in methyllithium tetramer

According to J. D. Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry, the coordination number of carbon in $\ce{Li4(CH3)4}$ is $7$. But the structure of the tetramer is Doesn't carbon have coordination number $6$ ...
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Structure of crystalline boron trioxide

I recently came across the statement The structure of crystalline $\ce{B2O3}$ consists of $\ce{BO4}$ tetrahedra, two sets of which form two types of interconnected spiral chains, three $\ce{B-O}$ ...
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Why Frenkel defect does not impact the density of the solid?

The following text is from Chemistry Part I - Textbook for Class XII (NCERT), chapter "The Solid State", page 23, topic "1.9 Imperfections in Solids", sub topic "1.9.1 Types of Point Defects - (iii) ...
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How are the number of tetrahedral voids twice the number of octahedral voids in a CCP structure?

How are the number of tetrahedral voids twice the number of octahedral voids in a CCP structure? Is there some kind of mathematical proof for it? Is there some way I can understand this intuitively? ...
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Total number of octahedral void(s) per atom in a cubic closed pack structure

The total number of octahedral void(s) per atom present in a cubic closed pack structure is (a) 1 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 4 I answered with (d), but the key on internet says it is (a). Please ...
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Software to assist drawing of complex, three-dimensional skeletal formula from scratch or from existing crystal structure

Is there a tool that would help in creating rather intricate line drawings (not pre-rendered balls-and-sticks/wireframe/sticks/ORTEP diagrams) for a skeletal formula in 3D space? To illustrate the ...
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Why upon melting of PEO between crossed polars colours appear?

Crystalline PEO when under crossed polars shows distinct Maltese cross pattern. Being birefringent, when polymer crystal align with the polarizer or analyser it shows extinction regions (effect known ...
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What do X-ray diffraction and NMR tell about the Proteins? [closed]

I have gone through a simple idea that proteins have different conformations; it is a dynamic system. Moreover, whenever we do ensemble experiments, so we get an average picture. There are some ...
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When H2NCH2CH2PH2 acts a monodentate ligand, it is the phosphine end that chelates. Why is that?

In some occasions, if the ligand acts on Pd it do so as a monodentate ligand. I am attempting to explain this phenomenon but came into a block.
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Why the atomic (metallic) radius of gallium is less than that of aluminium?

It is a well known fact that on moving down the group of p-block elements, the atomic radius is expected to increase. However, gallium is an exception. The atomic radius i.e., the metallic radius of ...
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What is a material more easily cut than shattered? [closed]

I'm currently developing a sci-fi concept for animation which partially involves a typical "the earth has been overrun by XYZ" scenario. One of the ideas for XYZ we're thinking of is a species of ...
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Crystal structures of heaviest nuclides' compounds

What is the heaviest element of the periodic table for which there is a compound whose crystal structure has been completely resolved by X-ray diffraction?
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Unexpected result (sodium hypochlorite & steel wool)

So I got myself a large Erlenmeyer flask, some steel wool and the bleach from the bathroom, mixing them under safe conditions in small quantities to see the sparky reaction I'd heard about. Trouble is,...
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Does crystalline glass exist?

As far as I know, glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid. Does glass exist in crystalline forms? Or is it the definition of glass that it's non-crystalline, in which case my question is based off ...
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If the appearance of a crystal is octahedral crystals, can I deduce that the crystal structure is octahedral?

I have a physics problem in which I'm calculating the magnetic properties of "a paramagnetic salt like iron ammonium alum". I am half inclined to believe that I am supposed to treat the substance ...
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How to control nucleation of NaCl crystals?

In addition to a previous question I posted, I have a second question. The previous question I shall link here: How to counter crust formation when crystallizing NaCl on the liquid-air interface? ...
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How to counter crust formation when crystallizing NaCl on the liquid-air interface?

Saturated sodium chloride solutions are evaporated at elevated temperature. The aim of evaporation is to produce hollow pyramid salt crystals. Temperatures used range from 65°C to 85°C. With 80°C ...
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What is the Difference between Menthol Crystal and Menthol Powder?

I want to buy menthol powder from a chemical supplier but he is selling menthol crystal at half price of menthol powder (he says manufacturing process is the difference) so I am really confused what ...
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How does VB theory explain the bond angles in SiO2?

Silicon dioxide has a huge variety of structures. Most of them have a tetrahedral $\ce{SiO2}$ unit cell — the $\ce{O–Si–O}$ angle is $109.5°$, accordingly. The VB/hybridization approach to this ...
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How to make pyramid-shaped NaCl salt crystals

I'm attempting to make sea salt pyramids like the one below. I understand this needs to be evaporated at a reasonable speed to stop the crystals forming a cube, as the when formed quickly, the edges ...
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How to calculate the height of an hcp lattice?

A hexagonal closed packing (hcp) unit cell has an ABAB type of packing. For calculating the packing fraction we require the volume of the unit cell. Volume of hcp lattice = (Base area) $\cdot$ (...
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Crystal structure of solid (frozen) hydrogen fluoride?

Wikipedia says the HF molecules form zig-zags, but doesn't mention any larger-scale organization. Is it amorphous, similar to glass? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_fluoride)
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Does bicarbonation require water?

In an aqueous solution of $\ce{NaOH}$ exposed to the atmosphere one can probably expect some degree of $$\ce{NaOH(aq) + CO2(g) -> NaHCO3 (aq)}$$ But, what would happen if just a solid block of $\...
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Growing crystals that are in a magnetic field or subjected to an electric field

I know different crystals resonant at different frequencies but is it possible to grow crystal at a certain frequency. An example would be growing crystals using Epsom salt or Alum in a magnetic ...
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Why are there only 7 types of unit cells and 14 types of Bravais lattices?

Why are there only 7 types of unit cells and 14 types of Bravais lattices? I was reading about solid-state chemistry for the first time and this limitation made no sense to me. I tried to do the ...
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Symmetry Space Group Diagram

I am doing an introductory course to Crystallography and I have found in the following web page: http://pd.chem.ucl.ac.uk/pdnn/symm3/sgmonoc.htm a guide for the elaboration of the diagrams of the ...
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Ce₂(SO₄)₃ solubility in water [duplicate]

I have mostly come across examples of solids whose solubility increases in liquids with an increase in temperature. However, there seem to be exceptions to generalized rule this such as the solubility ...
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Why does dielectric constant of crystal fluctuates in case of Frenkel defect in a crystal?

So I was studying Frenkel defect in crystal and came across this line that said The closeness of like charges tends to increase the dielectric constant of the crystal. I'm not able to understand ...
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Is diamond an allotrope or polymorph of carbon?

Is diamond an allotrope or polymorph of carbon? When is something considered an allotrope vs a polymorph?
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Crystallographic terminology associated with the honeycomb structure

I'm trying to quickly learn basic crystallographic principles in 2D under pressure (it's me whose under pressure, not the lattice) so I'm checking many sources to find those that "speak to me" the ...
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Are there examples of crystals with random but static mixtures of two unit cell configurations?

The image in this question turned out to probably be wrong, but it still makes me wonder. Are there examples of crystals where the atoms within a unit cell can have two (or more) different ...
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Determining structure factors for crystals from lattice and motif

I understand that the structure factor for a crystal is given by: $$F_{hkl} = \sum_r f_{r} e^{2{\pi}i(hx_{r}+ky_{r}+lz_{r})} $$ My textbook (''Structures of crystals'', Glazier) suggests that you ...
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Calculating distance between adjacent planes (hkl) in a simple cubic crystal

My textbook says the following in a section on Miller indices: Adjacent planes $(hkl)$ in a simple cubic crystal are spaced a distance $d_{hkl}$ from each other, with $d_{hkl}$ given by: $$d_{...
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Question about Elemental Sulfur

I am trying to understand the structure of elemental, crystalline sulfur. I read that it is face-centered orthorhombic. My question is whether each point on the unit lattice contains a single atom of ...
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Which theta should be taken from x-ray diffraction pattern for calculating Scherrer's equation?

We use Scherrer's equation to calculate crystalline size of a particle: $$d = \frac{Bλ}{β\cos{θ}}$$ But which theta should we take from the XRD pattern for this calculation? For example, the ...
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Miller indices: How does one translates the orientation to the origin of the unit cell?

In a section discussing Miller indices, my textbook says the following: The rules for determining the Miller indices of a direction or an orientation in a crystal are as follows: translate the ...
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What would superionic water ice look like?

Phys.org's Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice links to Nature Physics: Experimental evidence for superionic water ice using shock ...

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