Thorn, Robert J. Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Spatial geometries
- Local and extended structures
- Electronic structures
- Chemical Bonding
- Ionic bonding
- Covalent bonding
- Metallic bonding
- Combination bonding
- Chemical Composition
- Chemical Reactions
- Internal processes
- Interphase reactions
- Electrochemical reactions
- Photochemical reactions
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The science of the elementary, atomic compositions of solids and the transformations that occur in and between solids and between solids and other phases to produce solids. Solid-state chemistry deals primarily with those microscopic features which are uniquely characteristic of solids and which are the causes for the macroscopic chemical properties and the chemical reactions of solids. As with other branches of the physical sciences, solid-state chemistry also includes related areas that furnish concepts and explanations of those phenomena which are more characteristic of the subject itself.
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