The Science and Applications of New Inorganic Solids (DD5)

Venue: University of Birmingham

Location: Birmingham, -

Event Date/Time: Dec 19, 2001
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 14, 2001
Paper Submission Date: Jul 05, 2002
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The fifth Dalton Discussions meeting focussing on Inorganic Solid State Chemistry is scheduled to take place at the University of Birmingham from 1 to 3 September 2002.

From approximately 80 of the elements of the periodic table will emerge all possible new inorganic solids. Remarkably, we are still unable to predict the chemical composition, the crystal structure, and the physical properties of all emerging new inorganic solids. The discovery, characterisation and understanding of such new solids is at the very heart of the scientific program; their study invariably reveals entirely new physical phenomena or requires a re-evaluation of what has previously been thought to have been understood. A textbook example is provided by the recent discovery of superconductivity at 40K in the "simple" binary compounds MgB2 This chance discovery is even more disarming given the fact that the basic electronic and magnetic properties of a vast number of such binary components have been known for many decades!

The core theme of the discussion, then, will focus on the possibilities - some known, some only dreamt of - to synthesise deliberately designed new solids from the periodic table of the elements - the cornerstone of Inorganic Chemistry.