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The challenge to understand, control and predict the structures and properties of solid-state chemistry of inorganic materials has driven this field for over 50 years. However, its scope and importance continues to increase, not only with the discovery of new classes of materials, but also through a deeper understanding of the diverse properties of solids made possible by modern techniques. Contributions to solid-state chemistry are now made by researchers who are active in many fields of study, including materials science and engineering, ceramics, chemistry, chemical engineering, mineralogy/geology, and condensed-matter physics. This book brings these areas together to provide an interdisciplinary presentation and discussion of recent advances in solid-state chemistry of inorganic materials, as well as a review of the impact of their development and applications. Topics include oxides, fluorides, chalcogenides, intermetallics and composites, including colossal magnetic resistance, super-conductivity, ion conductivity, magnetism, ferroelectricity, negative thermal expansion and electronic conductivity in transparent materials.
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