Crystallography and Solid State Chemistry at High Pressure

  • P. F. McMillan
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Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 140)


The field of solid state chemistry is concerned with studies of the properties, structures and reactions of elements and their compounds, that occur as crystals as well as amorphous solids [1]. The subject includes reactions and equilibria established among solids, liquid and fluid phases. It is key to the development and understanding of industrial materials and their processing [2], and it underpins the study of minerals and rock behaviour in geology and planetary sciences [3–5]. Organic solid state chemistry is crucial to determining structure and function in biologically important molecules, and studies of crystalline polymorphism are critically important for development of materials including pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, explosives and fertilisers [6].


Porous Silicon Solid State Chemistry Amorphous Solid Methane Hydrate Icosahedral Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. McMillan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Christopher Ingold LaboratoriesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Davy-Faraday Research LaboratoryRoyal Institution of Great BritainLondonUK

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