Solid state chemistry

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The solid-state chemistry is a branch of chemistry that deals with the representation of the structure, properties and applications of materials in the solid aggregate state ( solid-state busy).

The solids are mostly inorganic compounds. Many solids are in crystalline form, which is characterized by the periodic three-dimensional arrangement of smaller building blocks (atoms, ions, molecules). However, amorphous solids, such as glasses , are also the subject of solid-state chemistry. Typical examples of inorganic solids include minerals , salts , metals and alloys .

The elucidation of the microscopic structure and its connection with macroscopic properties is an important task of solid-state chemistry. A sharp distinction between solid-state chemistry and solid-state physics and materials science, as well as mineralogy , metallurgy and crystallography, is not readily possible.


  • Lesley Smart, Elaine Moore: An Introduction to Solid State Chemistry. Springer, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-540-67066-1 .
  • Joachim Maier: Solid State - Failure and Function: Principles of Physical Solid State Chemistry. Teubner Verlag, Stuttgart 2000, ISBN 3-519-03540-5 .

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