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Uniting Electron Crystallography and Powder Diffraction

  • Ute Kolb
  • Kenneth Shankland
  • Louisa Meshi
  • Anatoly Avilov
  • William I.F David


  • It is the only book of its kind that is dedicated to covering these two structural characterization techniques in depth

  • These two complementary techniques have developed rapidly over the past decade and the book covers much of the state-of-the-art in both

  • Materials scientists wishing to understand the basics and range of applicability of the techniques will gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of these closely related areas of research

Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Powder Diffraction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William I. F. David
      Pages 3-14
    3. Peter W. Stephens
      Pages 15-26
    4. Lynne B. McCusker, Christian Baerlocher
      Pages 27-33
    5. Radovan Černý
      Pages 35-44
    6. Kenneth Shankland
      Pages 45-52
    7. Pamela Whitfield
      Pages 53-63
    8. Fabia Gozzo
      Pages 65-82
    9. Andy Fitch, Caroline Curfs
      Pages 83-93
    10. David I. A. Millar, Colin R. Pulham
      Pages 95-103
    11. Lukáš Palatinus
      Pages 105-116
    12. Kenneth Shankland
      Pages 117-124
    13. Jonathan P. Wright
      Pages 125-135
    14. Irene Margiolaki
      Pages 137-147
    15. William I. F. David, John S. O. Evans
      Pages 149-163
    16. L’ubomír Smrčok
      Pages 165-172
    17. Matteo Leoni
      Pages 173-182
    18. Yuri G. Andreev
      Pages 195-205

About these proceedings


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ute Kolb
    • 1
  • Kenneth Shankland
    • 2
  • Louisa Meshi
    • 3
  • Anatoly Avilov
    • 4
  • William I.F David
    • 5
  1. 1., Institute of Physical ChemistryJohannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  2. 2., School of PharmacyUniversity of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Department of Materials EngineeringBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Inst. CrystallographyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  5. 5., Isis FacilitySTFC Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryDidcotUnited Kingdom

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