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Porous materials, minerals and bees

Thoughtful and very well written. Nice analogy with the bees!

Molecular Dreams

Overwhelmed with the increasing flow of new scientific discoveries and related literature? You’re not alone. We live in the information overload era: too much to read, too little time, and life is short. Probably we’d need more readable, shorter papers too. Why writing a long one? Perhaps, it might connect disciplines which speak different languages but have much in common. Like material science and mineral science.

Let’s start from the first one.

You can make materials for solar cells, optical devices or medical sensors by trapping molecules or nanoparticles inside a “host”. Once there, molecules are no longer free to move, like in a gas or a liquid.  This process, called “confinement”, brings to life new properties, which were not present in the individual molecules and are very useful in technology.  Energy transfer or information storage, for instance, are made possible by the organization of the confined molecules

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230@CrystalWorks – The space group list project (update)

We are happy to announce that the space group list project is now completely accessible and incorporated into CrystalWorks.

CrystalWorks is part of the National Chemical Database Service (CDS) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and comprises crystallographic data of organic (CSD), inorganic (ICSD), and metallic (CrystMet) compounds.

The CrystalWorks link on this page provide full display functionality for all 230 structures. In particular full interactive structure display is available via JSmol (see screenshot below). This provides useful features which are complementary to those of VESTA.


Chapter 5 activated!

Dear Students,

today Chapter 5 of our course has been activated!

We hope, you are all doing well!

In this week 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.

Looking forward to meet you at class and in the forum!

Frank and Michael