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Materials science is one of the central sciences and also affects many aspects of everyday life, as newly developed or further developed materials with specific properties result in new products or in significant improvements on existing products. For example, light weight, high mechanical stability and good weather resistance are current research goals in materials science, where the focus lies on the interdependence between the structure of materials and their macroscopic properties.

The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) is the world’s biggest database of fully evaluated and published crystal structure data. Science and industry are offered high-quality records that will provide a basis for studies in materials science, e.g. for identifying unknown substances. ICSD contains about 177,000 crystal structures of inorganic substances published since 1913. About 1,300 journals are scanned each year for database production. In order to ensure completeness as far as possible, also retroactive updates are made at regular intervals. Metals were included in ICSD several years ago when the former distinction between inorganic compounds and metals was found to be inconvenient. The metal structures were recorded retroactively in cooperation with FIZ Karlsruhe’s partner, NIST (National Institute for Science and Technology, Washington, DC, USA).

For more than 25 years FIZ Karlsruhe has been offering the crystal structure depot as a free service to the scientific community.