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Indian Institute of Science Bangalore

Symmetry and Structure in the Solid State

Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and NPTEL via Swayam


Symmetry, point groups and space groups, crystal lattices. Scattering, diffraction, reciprocal lattice. powder diffraction. Single crystal methods. Data collection and processing synchrotron radiation, phase problem in crystallography. Patterson and direct methods, Rietveld refinement, intermolecular interactions electron density analysis. Basics of neutron diffraction, electron diffraction.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Research students, Scientists from Pharmaceutical and materials industry and teachers(faculty) at Universities

PREREQUISITES: Basic mathematics


Week 1  :  Basics of symmetry ,2 Point groups
Week 2  :  Space groups, Equivale3nt points, Wycoff notation.
Week 3  :  Basics of diffraction, Laue’s conditions and Bragg’s Law
Week 4  :  Translational symmetry elements, glide plane, screw axis, relevance of symmetries.
Week 5  :  Phase problem
Week 6  :  Patterson Synthesis
Week 7  :  Direct methods 
Week 8  :  Single crystal and powder XRD
Week 9  :  Refinement protocols
Week 10  :  Bond lengths, angles and conformation
Week 11  :  Intermolecular interactions
Week 12  :  Applications in Pharmaceutical and materials industry

Taught by

Prof. T. N. Guru Row


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