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X-Ray Crystallography is a well-balanced, thorough, and clearly written introduction to the most important and widely practiced technique to determine the arrangement of atoms in molecules and solids. Featuring excellent illustrations and homework problems throughout, the book is intended both for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are learning the subject for the first time and for those who have practical experience but seek a text summarizing the theory of diffraction and X-ray crystallography. It is organized into three parts: Part 1 deals with symmetry and space groups, Part 2 explains the physics of X rays and diffraction, and Part 3 examines the methods for solving and refining crystal structures. The discussion proceeds in a logical and clear fashion from the fundamentals through to advanced topics such as disorder, twinning, microfocus sources, low energy electron diffraction, charge flipping, protein crystallography, the maximum likelihood method of refinement, and powder, neutron, and electron diffraction. The authorís clear writing style and distinctive approach is well suited for chemists, biologists, materials scientists, physicists, and scientists from related disciplines.
About the Author
Gregory S. Girolami is Professor of Chemistry and former Chemistry Department Head at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received B.S. degrees both in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley. Thereafter, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College of Sciences and Technology in London, England, with Nobel Laureate Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983.