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Crystallography is a vital part of much modern research into the structure and properties of materials ranging across the scientific fields of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Materials science and Engineering.
Over 100 years ago the Bragg father and son team discovered that you could use X-rays to decipher the structure of crystals, to find out more about the history of the Bragg’s click here. This key discovery won them the Nobel prize in 1915, and it is this discovery that has led to many major scientific revelations owing to more than 25 Nobel prizes being awarded related to crystallography!
In order for this technique to work it relies on the fact that we have crystals, but what are crystals?
One of the key aspects to this technique is due to the way the molecules within a crystal pack, and how this ordering causes diffraction of incoming X-rays. But how does X-ray diffraction work?
There are a number of courses, resources and links available for anyone interested in learning more. Whether you just want some more information about crystallography or whether you are studying at University, you should be able to find some useful links in these pages.
The following video from the Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse gives a great introduction to crystallography and X-ray diffraction by Professor Stephen Curry. The Royal Institution have also created A Crystallography Collection, where there are a number of videos explaining the theory and history of crystallography.
The Royal Institution have also created this animated adventure about the history of crystallography.