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Crystal structure database ICSD now contains more than 100,000 records

09. November 2007

New version supports material scientists in solving problems from basic and applied research

Karlsruhe, October 2007 – For more than 25 years, the crystal structure database ICSD (Inorganic Crystal Structure Database) has been a helpful tool for material scientists, chemists, and physicists when it comes to solving problems from basic and applied research. After the latest release, the database now comprises more than 100,000 records and thus enables its users to secure and improve product quality and production processes. The valuable data are particular useful for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of unknown materials or waste products thereby allowing, for example, to elucidate corrosive processes during production.

ICSD, a reference database for inorganic materials research, is jointly produced by FIZ Karlsruhe and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), USA.  With its more than 100,000 records of completely identified inorganic crystal structures, including atom positions, ICSD offers scientist an insight into technologically relevant materials such as superconductors, fire-proof materials (ceramic oxides) and intermetallic compounds. ICSD is updated twice a year with a total of 6,000 structures. In addition, each year about 4,000 to 6,000 records are modified to meet the current state of science. ICSD not only contains geometrical data but also the complete bibliographical references and therefore enables users to quickly access the original publications, for example, via the full text broker service FIZ AutoDoc.

FIZ Karlsruhe offers ICSD as an integrated package with well-established search and analysis software for Windows™-based computers or as a web-based solution. This software family enables users to search the world of inorganic materials for existing compounds while at the same time identifying and entering unknown regions.

The software offers sophisticated visualisation options for analysing crystal structures. At the same time, users may compare the data contained in ICSD with the data used in their experiments, for example, powder diffractograms.

For 30 years FIZ Karlsruhe has been developing efficient search and retrieval tools for inorganic materials research in collaboration with scientists from Germany and abroad. The latest enhancements to ICSD seamlessly complement FIZ Karlsruhe’s portfolio of materials science databases offered via the online service STN International.

For further information, please contact:
FIZ Karlsruhe, STN Europe
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Phone: +49-7247 808 555, Fax: +49-7247 808 259

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FIZ Karlsruhe
FIZ Karlsruhe is an experienced service partner for information transfer and knowledge management in science and industry. Its activities focus on the development of E-Science services and the provision of a worldwide unique collection of databases through its online service STN International.
STN International - The Scientific & Technical Information Network - is operated jointly by FIZ Karlsruhe, Germany and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Columbus, Ohio (USA) worldwide and is represented in Japan by The Japan Association for International Chemical Information (JAICI).
STN offers a wide range of indispensable databases as well as excellent tools for search, analysis and post-processing of search results. Decision-makers in enterprises and institutions highly appreciate the valuable information provided by STN.

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