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CrystalMaker Crystal Structures Libraries This folder contains the CrystalMaker structural libraries.

These libraries now contain some 600 structures, including nearly 300 minerals (e.g., all the major rock-forming minerals) plus many other important phases. All of the structures files are saved in CrystalMaker binary format: ready for immediate display in CrystalMaker versions 78 for Mac, or versions 1-2 for Windows. You can use CrystalDiffract to simulate powder diffraction patterns for the crystal structures (version 5 for Mac or version 1 for Windows). SingleCrystal (Mac or Windows) can be used to simulate single-crystal diffraction patterns, including transmission electron microscope diffraction patterns, reciprocal lattice sections - and even stereographic projections. For each structure we've taken some time trying to find the most-informative view direction and model type; you should also find that in most cases the Notebook window contains valuable information about each structure - including, wherever possible, details of the original crystal structure refinement. Part I: Type Structures (a) Lattice Types. This folder contains examples of the 14 Bravais Lattices, plus the Rhombohedral Lattice type. This should prove useful for teaching purposes. Basic Structure Types. This folder is designed to give a broad overview of the range of structures adopted by simple inorganic compounds: metals, and AX, AX2, ABX3, etc. compounds.


Part II: Reference Library (c) Minerals Library. The Minerals Library is by far the biggest library here. Whilst its relevance to geoscientists goes without saying, it also contains many phases which may be of interest to other scientists: included under the "Minerals" banner are important natural zeolites, perovskites and oxide phases, plus crystal-chemistry favourites like NaCl (halite), diamond, zinc sulphide (two polymorphs), etc. The Minerals Library is subdivided along chemical grounds - with the silicate minerals further subdivided according to the degree of polymerization of tetrahedral unit Thematic Minerals Guide. As something of an appendix, we've included an alternative classification: a "Thematic Mineral Guide" containing highlyselective entries for different themes (e.g., gem minerals, high-pressure minerals, ore minerals, etc.) (d) "Other Inorganics" Library. The second-biggest library is the "Inorganics" one. Of course, strictly-speaking, minerals come under the "inorganics" banner - but here we've placed the synthetic and other non-mineralogical phases. Please remember to double-check the Minerals Library, so as not to miss important naturally-occurring phases!


Organics Library. The "Organics" library is currently rather small, but includes a number of important phases such as amino acids, proteins and small molecules.