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Study of chemical species that are in solid phase, either in cases of their properties, or about ways of synthesizing them.

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How is the height between two non consecutive layers of Face Centred Cubic not equal to two times the side length?

In my textbook it says that the height between two consecutive layers of face centred cubic is 2*side length * root 0.6666 which also happens to be the height between two non consecutive layers of a ...
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Why water cools from outside to inside?

It is a well-known fact that Water kept in a container, on cooling, results in freezing with initially at the circumference of surface (1D), then on the surface (2D) and then throughout the volume (...
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Can we determine if a compound is stoichiometric or non-stoichiometric from the chemical formula?

I often see alloyed perovskites are written in the format of $\ce{A'_xA''_{(1-x)}B'_xB''_{(1-x)}X_3}$. I am confused, if mole fractions of elements in A-site and B-site add up to 1 separately (E.g. $\...
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“e and a” as combinations of pi bonds

I am trying to get a better intuition on solid-state physics but I am a chemist by degree. I came across this article that attempts to bridge the gap between solid-state physics and molecular ...
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How is the Born-Lande equation modified when the structure is not NaCl?

Often the Born-Lande equation is quoted (alongwith the calculation of the Madelung constant and Born exponent) with reference to rock-salt structure. But what if we take some other crystal, like ...
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Doping of a solid with impurities [closed]

This question is a continuation of the previous question of mine:press me if you wish And my question is how can I dope a solid with impurities and if the process can be understood with basic ...
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How to identify if a material is perovskite or not?

This is more of a materials science question, but I believe many of you have referred NIST Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) database. I am collecting a database of perovskite materials and ...
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Are HCP and Primitive Hexagonal Unit Cell the same thing? [closed]

In HCP, the [2D] Hexagonal packed layers are arranged in ABAB form. The same happens in Primitive Hexagonal Unit Cell. So does that mean they are the same? If not what differentiates one from the ...
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Why rutile structure have primitive unit cell instead of body centered?

In the literature (Wikipedia), I read that $\ce{MgH2}$ have a structure of rutile. Then, I looked at its space group which is $P4_2/mnm$. From this notation, I understood that it possesses a (...
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Do all metals expand on heating? [duplicate]

This question came up when I was reading about substances with negative thermal expansion. The article by Takenaka [1] gives a good list of materials displaying negative thermal expansion. I noticed ...
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How can fluorite structure exist?

From the information from Google the radius of $\ce{Ca^2+}$ cation is $100 \,\pu{pm}$ and of $\ce{F-}$ anion is $132\, \pu{pm}$, so essentially $\ce{F-}$ ion should form the Bravais lattice (FCC/CCP) ...
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Reason behind more prioritising of normal spinels

According to my textbook: In normal spinels $\ce{A^{II}}$ should have occupied octahedral voids, but this factor is outweighed by greater lattice energy or smaller cation $\ce{B^{III}}$. Later, ...
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Change in the number of ions due to exchanging ions [closed]

If the position of Na+ and Cl- are interchanged in NaCl having FCC arrangement of Cl- ions then what change we can observe in the unit cell of NaCl. I am confused as how the contribution will change ...
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Calculate third and fourth nearest neighbours in fcc packing [closed]

My textbook has given data for third and fourth nearest neighbours to be 6 and 8 with distances  a and √(3/2)a. I have been able to calculate for the first and second nearest neighbour but it has ...
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Effect of pressure on transition temperature

I was wondering if someone can explain why the answer to the following question is volume instead of the others. If pressure has no effect on the transition temperature between two crystalline forms ...
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Is the number of tetrahedral voids always equal to double the number of octahedral voids in any crystal?

I came accross the question whether the number of tetrahedal voids is always equal to twice the number of octahedral voids (in the case where both the voids are present). The key was given as the ...
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Is the alloy of Fe, Si substitution alloy or interstitial alloy?

When atoms of the solute in a solid solution occupy positions normally occupied by a solvent atom, we have a substitutional alloy. When the sol- ute atoms occupy interstitial positions in the “holes” ...
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Melting point of crystalline solids

Why crystalline solids have sharp melting points but melting point of amorphous solids vary within a range? Is it because the interaction energy is equal between atoms of crystalline solids so they ...
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Why are crystalline solids anisotropic? [closed]

Why crystalline solids are anisotropic whereas amorphous solids are isotropic? Is it because in crystalline solids, X, Y and Z dimensions vary, but so does in amorphous. Please write as simple as ...
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Are clathrates and interstitial compounds the same thing?

In the book$\ce{^{[1]}}$, it's given that clathrates are compounds in which gases are entrapped within cavities of crystal lattices of certain organic or inorganic compounds. Interstitial compounds ...
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Unit cell in a hexagonal closed pack structure

My textbook says that there are only 14 possible 3D lattices(Bravais Lattices). One of these 14 lattices is a hexagonal lattice in which only a primitive variation is given to be possible. But then I ...
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Cation-anion radius ratio of manganese difluoride

How to determine the cation-anion radius ratio for $\ce{MnF2}?$ I tried to calculate the $r_\mathrm{c}/r_\mathrm{a}$ ratio using the relationships: $$2r_\mathrm{c} = c$$ and $$(2r_\mathrm{c} + 4r_\...
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Sphalerite type structure

There are binary diamond type structures for example S and Zn form sphalerite. I thought the reason this formed was because of the big difference in the radii of the atoms that allows the smaller atom ...
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Is there a crystal structure of ammonia in ionic form?

Like solid $\ce{PCl5}$, does solid $\ce{NH3}$ exist as $\ce{[NH4+][NH2-]}$ (i.e. ammonium amide)?
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Why is liquid germanium denser than solid germanium?

Why are some elements like Ge and Si have liquids denser than their solids? In water it is explainable by H bonding, but no H bonds or such are there in Ge and Si. Well, I want an explanation about ...
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Does a unit cell have to contain a whole number of atoms?

I was given this problem recently to compute the number of ions in a unit cell of ferrous oxide $\ce{FeO}$. The data given was: Side length $a = \pu{5 Å}$ Density $d = \pu{4 g/cc}$ Using the formula ...
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Why does Xenon Hexafluoride exist as [XeF5+][F-] and not [XeF5+][XeF2-] in the solid state [closed]

I already referred to this similar question but it yielded no explanation for the reason. Cations and anions of similar sizes stabilize each other through lattice energy effects in the solid state. ...
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Fractional index in a chemical formula of metal oxide

I have just read an article in which they used $\ce{WO3}$ and $\ce{WO_{2.9}}$ as precursors, whose objective was to form $\ce{WS2}$, in an atmosphere of argon by CVD. In one boat there is the powder ...
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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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The Limitation of Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis In Case of Polyglycine

I was wondering if I could use your experience and all the precautions you would like to recommend for a long peptide synthesis via SPPS. I've already got a low loading resin so this way I'll minimize ...
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How to determine the chemical state of a reactant or product in a chemical equation?

I am asked this question: Write a balanced equation, including state symbols, for this reaction: $\ce{calcium + hydrochloric acid -> calcium chloride + hydrogen}$ I answered this: $\ce{Ca(s) + ...
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Violation of Fajans' rule

According to Fajans' rules, greater charge in an ionic compound results in more covalent character. But why is it that sodium oxide is more covalent than magnesium oxide? Google says boiling point of ...
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Does the Fermi level correspond to the highest occupied energy level?

I know that, in the band structure of a solid, the Fermi level is the energy level at which there is a 50% probability of finding an electron (at thermodynamic equilibrium), and that it doesn't have ...
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Is an amorphous solid a single phase? [closed]

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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Lattice enthalpy and ionic charater

As we move down in sulphates of group 2 their solubility decreases because there is a drastic decrease in hydration enthalpy as compared to decrease in lattice enthalpy. Does the decrease in lattice ...
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Unexpectedly low melting point of Aluminium

According to Wikipedia, the melting point of aluminium is 933.47K (660 oC) while the melting point of magnesium is 923K (650 oC), yet the melting point of sodium is merely 370.87K (98 oC). With huge ...
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Why does aluminum chloride have a higher lattice energy than aluminum fluoride?

From the table below (source: McMurry's Chemistry [1, p. 212]), it is evident that $\ce{AlCl_3}$ has a higher lattice energy than $\ce{AlF3},$ even though $\ce{F}$ is smaller than $\ce{Cl}$. Why is ...
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Why does the colour of the same compound (e.g. magnesium nitride) differ?

When I am searching the colour of $\ce{Mg3N2}$ I came across photos showing different colours: greenish-yellow on Wikimedia, and some other just yellow on some Google Images results. I am eager to ...
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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 ...
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Why cobalt reacts favorably with nitrogen?

I used also iron, nickel, zinc, copper. However, cobalt gives the easiest and straight forward yield of nitrides (XPS and SAED verified). It is so easy to get cobalt nitride that I don't even have to ...
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Is there a “Comprehensive Solid State” book?

We have Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry, Comprehensive Organometallics, Comprehensive Organic Synthesis and probably few other similar works that aim to do a wide review of recent works at the ...
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Software for generating a lattice from a unit cell for molecular crystals?

I am looking for a software package which can take a unit cell (and lattice parameters, etc.) and from that generate a crystal lattice. Ideally it will have functionality for orthorhombic, hexagonal, ...
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Validity of Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution for solids [duplicate]

Suppose there is a solid made of avogadro number of, say, aluminium atoms. This solid is kept at 273 K. According to Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, all the particles or atoms will not have the same ...
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Electrical and thermal conductivity of graphite

I was reading about carbon family where it was mentioned that electrical conductivity of graphite increases with temperature while thermal conductivity decreases. However, I could not find a suitable ...
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Is silicon-oxygen bond length non-uniform in quartz glass?

In many pictures depicting the molecular structure of quartz glass(In fact, almost every picture that represents amorphous state of any solid that I have seen), the bond lengths are non-uniform (I do ...
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Do solids flow? [duplicate]

I am now confused whether solids flow or not. Some people say solidity is only a time scale notion. Some others say solids do not flow at all. While some authors say there is a threshold stress below ...
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Visualization of all hcp voids

There are 12 tetrahedral voids and 6 octahedral voids in hcp unit cell but I can't find any image that can show all tetrahedral voids and all octahedral voids in hcp unit cell (the common picture in ...
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Finding ionic radii from solubility data and density

$\pu{5.35 g}$ of a salt $\ce{ACl}$ is dissolved in $\pu{250 ml}$ of solution. The $\mathrm{pH}$ of the resultant solution was found to be $4.85.$ Find the ionic radius of $\ce{A+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ if ...
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Isotropic nature of Amorphous solid

Check the answer given by Divyansh Jain I am writing this because I am not permitted to comment in that post. Using Divyansh's idea, How can the physical properties be same in amorphous solid if ...

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