2019 Advanced Course in Crystal Structure Science

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Chemistry
Uekusa Hidehiro 
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Mon3-4(H112)  Thr3-4(H112)  
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Course description and aims

Research studies by using organic crystal structures are emphasized. Outline of crystal structure analysis, inter-molecular interactions, propitiates and reaction of molecular crystals are explained. There are many kinds of organic crystal around us. Pick-up the concept how to analysis and understand the properties and structure of organic crystals. Other important concept of special properties of organic crystal is also explained. Actual examples of organic crystal are introduced to understand the concepts. Especially, crystalline state reaction which is a dynamic phenomena in crystal is picked-up.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to understand intermolecular interactions and crystalline-state reaction from theory to actual examples.


Crystal structure, molecular structure, X-ray, Structure Analysis, X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

quiz at the end of lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of crystal chemistry Understanding the outline of crystal chemistry
Class 2 Symmetry in crystal Understanding of symmetry in crystal
Class 3 Crystal structure analysis Understanding the outline of crystal structure analysis
Class 4 Ionic bond Understanding the binding energy in ionic crystal
Class 5 van der Waals interaction Understanding the binding energy in van der Waals crystal
Class 6 charge transfer type interaction Understanding the binding energy in charge transfer interaction
Class 7 hydrogen bonding Understanding the binding energy in hydrogen bonding
Class 8 Polymorphism and phase transition Understanding polymorph and phase transition theory
Class 9 Crystal structure prediction Understanding the CSP method
Class 10 Molecular motion in crystal Understanding of molecular motion in crystal
Class 11 Organic solid-state reaction by solid-state grinding Understanding of Organic solid-state reaction by solid-state grinding
Class 12 Organic crystalline state reaction Understanding of crystalline state reaction by light irradiation or heating
Class 13 Reaction mechanism elucidation by neutron diffraction analysis Understanding of proton transfer mechanism by neutron diffraction
Class 14 Analysis of reaction intermediate Understanding how to analysis the intermediate species in crystal
Class 15 Total discussion Total discussion of the lecture series


Y. Ohasi "Crystal chemistry - basic to latest example -" (Shokabo)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Supplemental material may be distributed in the lecture

Assessment criteria and methods

Term end exam and interterm exam.

Related courses

  • CHM.B333 : Crystal Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None. Some knowledge regarding X-ray diffraction method and crystal structure analysis would be a help.

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