Phys.org: Crystalline structures database provides recipes for non-expert ‘chefs’ cooking up new materials

Phys.org: Crystalline structures database provides recipes for non-expert ‘chefs’ cooking up new materials. “In response to popular demand, materials scientists at Duke University have resurrected an online cookbook of crystalline structures that started when the World Wide Web was Netscape Navigator and HTML 1.0. In 1995, Michael Mehl, then a scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, began collecting, cataloguing and sharing information about crystalline structures on a basic website for colleagues. Researchers needed a reference catalogue to guide their efforts because crystals form hundreds of different structures in nature. Chemists use crystals as handy building blocks for new materials because of their rigid, ordered molecular shapes, which help determine a material’s properties.”

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