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Key-points; why to buy this book?

This book was written by 76 authors, among best specialists of the field, at the intention of academics, researchers, engineers, graduated and undergraduated students wishing to update their knowledge and understanding of the covered class of materials. It contains 26 chapters on different subjects (original research articles, review articles on fundamental aspects and applications).

It presents new trends and perspectives on perovskites but also on other Framework Structure crystalline materials.

About the book

"In this book, we wanted a high scientific content, but presented in an understandable way, with pedagogy. This to make that book primarily intended for scholars and academics, also accessible by undergraduate students. In addition, we did not want to dwell on the classic characteristics of perovskites, but rather present new aspects, actual trends, and some hot subjects, focusing on understanding common features among Framework Structure materials, and differences between them. This book has also given the opportunity to shed light on several crystalline systems less known or investigated than perovskites, but that fully deserve to be taken into consideration for many reasons.

As a result, this volume can be approached at several levels (each chapter initially assumes that the reader is not a specialist in the subject) : it is accessible to master or doctoral students, as well as to researchers who want to have informations on recent developments, who will find excellent detailed introductions up to hot subjects. It may also be used by undergraduate students who should approach given subjects. The volume contains 800 pages written by 76 authors from different countries, it has an index, and is completed by numerous figures to illustrate the text."


Pierre Saint-Grégoire, born 1954. Graduated from Montpellier University in 1981 (PhD), habilitation in 1985 (solid state physics). Till 1998 he worked as researcher in the french national centre CNRS, and thereafter as university full professor. He worked as experimentalist on ferroelectrics, ferroelastics, phase transitions, incommensurate phases, using various experimental techniques as X-ray and gamma-ray diffraction, electron and neutron diffraction and scattering, microscopies, and investigated the behaviour of relevant quantities in the considered systems, such as birefringence, specific heat, dielectric constant, polarization, etc. During this period he also developed an activity on theoretical aspects, particularly in the field of phenomenological theory of phase transitions, symmetry breaking problems, and crystal dynamics. More recently he studied specific materials and nanomaterials for energy. Main achievements were on incommensurate phases, ferroelectric systems, and semiconductors for photovoltaic applications, which included thin films and mesoporous materials. He organized several scientific meetings, edited volumes (special issues) in the journals Ferroelectrics and ISJAEE, and authored several chapters of books; he belongs to committees of several journals and series of meetings. Nowadays he is actively involved in the NGO Collaborating Academics. 

Mikhail Smirnov, born 1950. Graduated from Saint-Petersbourg State University in 1974. Till 2000 he worked in the Laboratory of Vibrational Spectroscopy in the Institute of Silicate Chemistry of Academy of Sciences of USSR. Since then and till now he works in the Department of Solid State Physics in the Saint-Petersburg State University. During all his carrier, his main interests focused on computer simulations of phonon spectra of complex inorganic crystals. He developed the program package LADY (LAttice DYnamics) which allowed him to obtain numerous important results in interpreting the vibrational spectra and phase transitions related phenomena. His main achievements were in collaboration with experimentalists in searching new materials for optoelectronics, non-linear optics, electrochemistry and high-temperature applications. LADY is now a widely spread tool used by many research groups.



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