Acta Crystallographica Section B

Structural Science

Volume 60, Part 6 (December 2004)



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[Cover illustration] Cover illustration: Crystal packing diagram of 1,4-benzoquinone with Hirshfeld surfaces. The translucent gray surfaces illustrate the nature of these novel surfaces and how they envelop each molecule and reflect the presence of neighbouring molecules. Colours mapped on the central surface represent the distance from the surface to the nearest nucleus in an adjacent molecule: red (shortest), through green, to blue (longest). Courtesy of McKinnon, Spackman & Mitchell [Acta Cryst. (2004), B60, 627-668].

topical reviews


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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 627-668  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104020300 ]

Novel tools for visualizing and exploring intermolecular interactions in molecular crystals

J. J. McKinnon, M. A. Spackman and A. S. Mitchell

Synopsis: Hirshfeld surfaces reflect intermolecular interactions in a novel visual manner, and features characteristic of different interactions can be revealed and highlighted by colour mapping of a variety of functions. A complementary two-dimensional mapping provides a quantitative summary of the intermolecular contacts experienced by molecules in the bulk. These tools provide a new approach to exploring packing modes and intermolecular interactions in molecular crystals, and are used to compile a comprehensive pictorial glossary of intermolecular interactions.

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research papers


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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 669-673  [ doi:10.1107/S010876810402316X ]

The compression mechanism of CrF3

J.-E. Jørgensen, W. G. Marshall and R. I. Smith

Synopsis: The structure of CrF3 has been studied in the pressure range from ambient to 9.12 GPa. It was found that volume reduction is achieved through rotation of the CrF6 octahedra, and a small octahedral strain was found to develop during compression. The zero-pressure bulk modulus Bo and its pressure derivative B_o^{\prime} were determined to be Bo = 29.2 (4) GPa and B^{\prime}_o = 10.1 (3).

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 674-684  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104019901 ]

Octahedral tilting in cation-ordered perovskites - a group-theoretical analysis

C. J. Howard and H. T. Stokes

Synopsis: Group-theoretical methods have been used to enumerate structures that arise when B-site cation ordering, as may occur in the 1:2 and 1:3 ordered perovskites A3BB_2^{\prime}X9 and A4BB_3^{\prime}X12, is combined with simple octahedral tilting. The numbers of possible structures are 10 and 11 for the 1:2 and 1:3 ordering patterns, respectively.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 685-691  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104022906 ]

Structures of stable and metastable Ge2Sb2Te5, an intermetallic compound in GeTe-Sb2Te3 pseudobinary systems

T. Matsunaga, N. Yamada and Y. Kubota

Synopsis: Crystal structures of stable and metastable Ge2Sb2Te5, which is a material for phase-change memory, were investigated in detail by powder X-ray diffraction using SPring-8, a synchrotron radiation facility.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 692-697  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104023328 ]

Structure refinements of Na0.8Ti1.2Ga4.8O10: X-ray diffraction analysis for the sodium ion distribution in a one-dimensional tunnel-like space

Y. Michiue and A. Sato

Synopsis: The anions of Na0.8Ti1.2Ga4.8O10 form a network that includes tunnels, within which the Na+ ions are found. The distribution of the Na+ ions, which may have large displacements from their mean position, was determined from X-ray diffraction data measured at 299, 173 and 123 K.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 698-704  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104023456 ]

Transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction study of the short-range ordering structure of [alpha]-LiFeO2

M. Mitome, S. Kohiki, Y. Murakawa, K. Hori, K. Kurashima and Y. Bando

Synopsis: The short-range ordered structure of the cations in [alpha]-LiFeO2 was analysed by transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. The short-range ordering in [alpha]-LiFeO2 is usually characterized by octahedral clusters, but it has been found that a local cation ordering is also characterized by both an alternate-distribution model and by cubic clusters.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 705-715  [ doi:10.1107/S010876810402333X ]

Phase transitions in K2Cr2O7 and structural redeterminations of phase II

T. J. R. Weakley, E. R. Ylvisaker, R. J. Yager, J. E. Stephens, R. D. Wiegel, M. Mengis, M. R. Bauer, P. Wu, P. Photinos and S. C. Abrahams

Synopsis: The first-order transition in K2Cr2O7 between phases I and II is fully described. A comparable transition between phases IIb and I is likely but not between phases II and IIb. An intermediate phase may exist between phases IIb and I.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 716-724  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104022153 ]

Structural chemistry of new lithium bis(oxalato)borate solvates

P. Y. Zavalij, S. Yang and M. S. Whittingham

Synopsis: The crystal structures of lithium bis(oxalato)borate salts solvated with water, acetonitrile, acetone, dimethoxyethane, 1,3-dioxolane and ethylene carbonate are reported.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 725-733  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104022128 ]

Parameterization of the close packing of molecules in the unit cell

E. Pidcock and W. D. S. Motherwell

Synopsis: The analysis of histograms of pattern coefficients (cell length/molecular dimension) for thousands of crystal structures has shown that molecular crystal structures are fundamentally very similar to one another.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 734-738  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104023225 ]

Di-p-bromophenyl ether, a redetermined crystal structure derived from low-quality diffraction data

L. Eriksson, J. Eriksson and J. Hu

Synopsis: An artificial data set, produced by scaling and merging six independent and individually unsatisfactory data sets from different crystals, has permitted the successful redetermination of the structure of the title compound, C12H8Br2O.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 739-747  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104025947 ]

Structural investigations of phosphorus-nitrogen compounds. 6. Relationships between molecular parameters in per-X-substituted bridged spermine derivatives and basicity constants [Sigma][alpha]R of substituents

S. J. Coles, D. B. Davies, M. B. Hursthouse, A. Kiliç, T. A. Mayer, R. A. Shaw and G. Yenilmez Çiftçi

Synopsis: The synthesis and crystal structures of six new per-substituted spermine-bridged cyclotriphosphazenes, [N3P3X4(NHCH2CH2CH2N)CH2CH2]2 (where X = OPh, [spiro-O(CH2)3O]0.5, Ph, NHPh, NC4H8 and NHBut, respectively) are reported and the observed relationship between molecular parameters of the N3P3 ring and substituent basicity constants is discussed.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 748-754  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104023791 ]

Geometry of the 2-aminoheterocyclic-carboxylic acid R22(8) graph set: implications for crystal engineering

D. E. Lynch and G. D. Jones

Synopsis: The geometry of the R^2_2(8) graph set formed between a 2-aminoheterocyclic ring containing an Nsp2 atom (in the 1-position of the ring) and a carboxylic acid has been studied by collating data from known structures from the CSD. Unexpected differences were found to occur between both the non-hydrogen contact distances, and specific bond distances and angles of the heterocycle.

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 755-762  [ doi:10.1107/S0108768104024553 ]

Different forms of antiparallel stacking of hydrogen-bonded antidromic rings in the solid state: polymorphism with virtually the same unit cell and two-dimensional isostructurality with alternating layers

A. Kálmán, L. Fábián, G. Argay, G. Bernáth and Z. Cs. Gyarmati

Synopsis: The polymorphism of trans-2-hydroxycycloheptanecarboxylic acid with virtually the same unit cell is a special case of two-dimensional isostructurality with alternating (parallel versus antiparallel) layers. A similar phenomenon is exhibited by the analogous trans-2-hydroxy cycloheptanecarboxamide and its cyclopentane homolog.

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addenda and errata


 

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Acta Cryst. (2004). B60, 763  [ doi:10.1107/S010876810402186X ]

Structure for perovskites with layered ordering of A-site cations. Erratum

C. J. Howard and Z. Zhang

Synopsis: Erratum to Acta Cryst. B60, 249-251.

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