Inorganic Materials series

Professor Duncan Bruce from the Department of Chemistry has co-edited a series of eight books on Inorganic Materials, alongside co-editors Richard Walton and Dermot O'Hare.

The Inorganic Materials series contains eight volumes, based on the physical properties of each material. Each themed volume is a self-contained reference, containing four to five topical review chapters. The chapters cover recent research areas within the contributors' field of knowledge, and provide a clear and useable introduction to that field. Authored by leading international researchers, each volume reflects the diversity of the subject areas, and together they provide an invaluable survey of the field of inorganic materials.

New Releases

Three new volumes have been published recently and constitute a set concerned with methods of characterisation. They are available individually or as a three-volume set. 

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Local Structural Characterisation

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

Inorganic materials are at the heart of many contemporary real-world applications, in electronic devices, drug delivery, bio-inspired materials and energy storage and transport. In order to underpin novel synthesis strategies both to facilitate these applications and to encourage new ones, a thorough review of current and emerging techniques for materials characterisation is needed.

The volume examines important techniques that allow investigation of the structures of inorganic materials on the local atomic scale.

Multi Length-Scale Characterisation

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

This volume examines important experimental techniques needed to characterise inorganic materials in order to elucidate their properties for practical application. Addressing methods that examine the structures and properties of materials over length scales ranging from local atomic order to long-range order on the meso- and macro-scopic scales

Structure from Diffraction Methods

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

Inorganic materials show a diverse range of important properties that are desirable for many contemporary, real-world applications. Good examples include recyclable battery cathode materials for energy storage and transport, porous solids for capture and storage of gases and molecular complexes for use in electronic devices. An understanding of the function of these materials is necessary in order to optimise their behaviour for real applications, hence the importance of 'structure–property relationships'.

The chapters presented in this volume deal with recent advances in the characterisation of crystalline materials. They include some familiar diffraction methods, thoroughly updated with modern advances. Also included are techniques that can now probe details of the three-dimensional arrangements of atoms in nanocrystalline solids, allowing aspects of disorder to be studied. Small-angle scattering, a technique that is often overlooked, can probe both ordered and disordered structures of materials at longer length scales than those probed by powder diffraction methods.

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Molecular Materials

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

With applications in optoelectronics and photonics, quantum information processing, nanotechnology and data storage, molecular materials enrich our daily lives in countless ways. These materials have properties that depend on their exact structure, the degree of order in the way the molecules are aligned and their crystalline nature. Small, delicate changes in molecular structure can totally alter the properties of the material in bulk.

Low-Dimensional Solids

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

With physical properties that often may not be described by the transposition of physical laws from 3D space across to 2D or even 1D space, low-dimensional solids exhibit a high degree of anisotropy in the spatial distribution of their chemical bonds. This means that they can demonstrate new phenomena such as charge-density waves and can display nanoparticulate (0D), fibrous (1D) and lamellar (2D) morphologies.

Porous Materials

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

In the past few decades, the increasingly routine use of advanced structural probes for studying the structure and dynamics of the solid state has led to some dramatic developments in the field of porous solids. These materials are fundamental in a diverse range of applications, such as shape-selective catalysts for energy-efficient organic transformations, new media for pollutant removal, and gas storage materials for energy technologies. Porosity in inorganic materials may range from the nano-scale to the macro-scale, and the drive towards particular properties remains the goal in this fast-developing area of research.

Functional Oxides

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

Functional oxides have a wide variety of applications in the electronic industry. The discovery of new metal oxides with interesting and useful properties continues to drive much research in chemistry, physics, and materials science. In Functional Oxides five topical areas have been selected to illustrate the importance of metal oxides in modern materials chemistry: Noncentrosymmetric Inorganic Oxide Materials; Geometrically Frustrated Magnetic Materials; Lithium Ion Conduction in Oxides; Thermoelectric Oxides; Transition Metal Oxides - Magnetoresistance and Half-Metallicity.

Energy Materials

Duncan W. Bruce (Co-Editor), Dermot O'Hare (Co-Editor), Richard Walton (Co-Editor)

In an age of global industrialisation and population growth, the area of energy is one that is very much in the public consciousness. Fundamental scientific research is recognised as being crucial to delivering solutions to these issues, particularly to yield novel means of providing efficient, ideally recyclable, ways of converting, transporting and delivering energy. This volume deals considers a selection of the state-of-the-art materials that are being designed to meet some of the energy challenges we face today.