Monthly Archives: August 2016

Chapter 6 available on YouTube

Dear friends,

in chapter 6 of our course “The Fascination of Crystals and Symmetry”¬†we will introduce a very special class of crystalline materials, which are called Metal-Organic Frameworks or short MOFs.

Research interest in this kind of materials has intensified immensely over the last decade. As MOFs are also the field of study of our research group, telling you something about these very special crystals is a matter of heart for us.

MOFs are comprised of inorganic and organic secondary building units. We will take a look at different variations of how these secondary building units can be assembled together and we will introduce the principles of classification of these network-like assemblies.

We provide also several crystal structures of MOFs as VESTA files, in order for you to be able to get familiar with the structural features of MOFs at the atomic level. (You can find a tutorial on how to obtain and install VESTA in Unit 2.7)

Please find the playlist of chapter 6 on YouTube here.

Enjoy the beauty of porous crystals!

Michael & Frank

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Chapter 5 now on YouTube

Chapter 5 released!

Dear all,

today Chapter 5 of our course has been released on YouTube!

In this chapter we will practise the handling with the International Tables a little further. But in contrast to staring only at circles and commas we will additionally look at real world crystals and some of their symmetry and physical properties.

And you can be curious about the story of one of the most thrilling scientific discoveries of the last century: the discovery of quasicrystals by Dan Shechtman.

Enjoy!

Frank and Michael

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