X-Ray Crystallography (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198700975

William Clegg
128 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
May 2015
Oxford Chemistry Primers
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  • Focused introductions designed to give students an in-depth understanding of a diverse range of important topics in modern chemistry.
  • Examples and applications presented throughout help students to see the relevance of the subject to current research and industry.
  • Frequent diagrams, margin notes, and glossary definitions support students in their learning.
  • Questions at the end of every chapter and interactive online questions encourage active learning and promote deep understanding.

New to this Edition:

  • Online Resource Centre, with interactive questions for students, and downloadable figures for instructors.
  • Glossary of definitions to help students get to grips with the key terminology.
  • CIF data files are also available to download, allowing students to electronically manipulate three-dimensional structures featured in the book.

The renowned Oxford Chemistry Primers series, which provides focused introductions to a range of important topics in chemistry, has been refreshed and updated to suit the needs of today's students, lecturers, and postgraduate researchers. The rigorous, yet accessible, treatment of each subject area is ideal for those wanting a primer in a given topic to prepare them for more advanced study or research. Moreover, cutting-edge examples and applications throughout the texts show the relevance of the chemistry being described to current research and industry. 

Learning features provided in the primers, including questions at the end of every chapter and interactive online MCQs, encourage active learning and promote understanding. Furthermore, frequent diagrams, margin notes, further reading, and glossary definitions all help to enhance a student's understanding of these essential areas of chemistry.

This primer provides a succinct account of the technique of X-ray crystallography for determining structure in the solid state. Engaging examples of practical applications are described throughout, emphasising the importance of this field to modern research and industry. Furthermore, end of chapter exercises and online multiple choice questions enable students to test their own understanding of the subject.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany X-Ray Crystallography features: 
For students: 
· Downloadable CIF data files
· Multiple-choice questions for self-directed learning 
· Full worked solutions to the end-of-chapter exercises


1: Fundamentals of X-ray crystallography
2: X-ray crystallography in practice
3: X-ray crystallography case studies
4: Related topics

About the author: 

William Clegg, Senior Research Investigator, Newcastle University

The first edition of William (Bill) Cleggs book X-ray Crystallography in the Oxford Primer Series came along at a propitious stage of my teaching career and was a masterpiece of experience in chemical crystallography and clear description. - John R. Helliwell, Acta Cryst. (2017). A73, 8384
The first edition was excellent and great value for money, and so became the mainstay of my recommendations to undergraduates in their core inorganic chemistry courses for many years. Now here is the second edition. It is an honour to be asked to review such a successful teaching book. - John R. Helliwell, Acta Cryst. (2017). A73, 8384
I highly recommend this book to lecturers describing the topic of X-ray crystallography to undergraduate core inorganic chemists as well as to the students themselves taking such a course, who should also rightly consider it a bargain at the price. - John R. Helliwell, Acta Cryst. (2017). A73, 8384

This book is a superb brief overview of X-ray crystallography. - Petra Bombicz, Crystallography Reviews 22:1, 79-81, 2016

The description of the diffraction of X-rays by molecules and crystals, and presentation of the crystal structure solution are explained so clearly that it provides an exquisite basis of in-depth understanding. - Petra Bombicz, Crystallography Reviews 22:1, 79-81, 2016
This book needs to be on your bookshelf if you are not a professor of crystallography, but also if you are a professor of crystallography in order to give it to your students and colleagues. - Petra Bombicz, Crystallography Reviews 22:1, 79-81, 2016

The focus is firmly on the use of x-ray crystallography in chemistry, with the bread-and-butter topic of routine structure determination using in-house equipment being the chief subject. The text is therefore of worldwide appeal, wherever this subject forms part of mainstream chemistry teaching. - Christine Cardin, Chemistry World, September 2015

While there are many accounts of diffraction methods, there are few written so clearly from this perspective and that emphasise the features or issues which arise when analysing typical small molecule crystals. - Christine Cardin, Chemistry World, September 2015

Clegg draws on his own experience to provide illustrative examples - no doubt being useful for students and teachers alike. - Christine Cardin, Chemistry World, September 2015

X-ray crystallography is very focused, as it should be, on the needs of students, and can be confidently recommended to this audience. -Christine Cardin, Chemistry World, September 2015

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