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Principles of X-ray Crystallography

Li-ling Ooi

Publication Date - May 2010

ISBN: 9780199569045

208 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock


X-ray crystallography has long been a powerful tool in the elucidation of the three-dimensional structures of small molecules and macromolecules. However, despite its power, it is a technically challenging subject that those new to the technique often find daunting.

An ideal primer for students encountering the technique for the first time, Principles of X-ray Crystallography provides a clear, succinct guide to the three-dimensional world of molecules. Featuring a lucid and direct writing style, real-life examples, diagrams, exercises, and activities, this unique text engages students in visualizing three-dimensional structures, rather than overwhelming them with excessive detail.

Author Li-ling Ooi explores both the theoretical principles on which the technique is based and the practice of gathering and analyzing crystallographic data, offering a balanced, well-rounded account of the field. Drawing on valuable teaching experience, Ooi employs a tutorial approach--including self-test exercises and hands-on activities--that leads students through key concepts in a carefully structured and evenly paced manner.

The text encompasses aspects of both small molecule and macromolecular crystallography, highlighting the similarities and differences between the two. A companion website features resources for students--a library of annotated web links and data sets related to topics discussed in the book--and instructors--downloadable figures from the book in electronic format and PowerPoint slide sets for each chapter.

About the Author(s)

Dr Li-ling Ooi is a freelance science writer and a former Lecturer in Structural Chemistry at the University of Bath, UK.

Table of Contents

    1. An Introduction to the Method
    2. The Crystal Construct
    3. Symmetry Elements
    4. Space Groups
    5. Systematic Absences in Crystal Data
    6. Structure Solution
    7. Refining Crystal Data
    8. The Crystallographic Experiment
    9. Publishing Crystal Data

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