Chemistry

What is solvatomorphism?

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2011-01-04 14:34:40

Polymorphism

is the term used to denote crystal systems where a substance can

exist in

diVerent crystal packing arrangements, but all of which are

characterized by exactly

the same elemental composition. Other crystal variations are

known where a given

substance exists in diVerent crystal packing arrangements, but

each of which exhibits

a diVerent elemental composition. Since this latter phenomenon

usually

involves the inclusion of one or more solvent molecules in the

crystal, the term

solvatomorphism has been coined to replace the inconsistent

nomenclature used over

the years.


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