March 03, 2020 — FIZ Karlsruhe provides the scientific and the industrial community with the world's largest database for completely identified inorganic crystal structures, ICSD. It currently comprises more than 215,000 crystal structures. The ICSD data are of excellent quality and its first records date back to 1913. Only data which have passed thorough quality checks are included. All important crystal structure data are available, including experimental inorganic and metal-organic structures, as well as theoretical structures. Additional keywords are describing material properties, analysis methods and technical applications. Around 6,000 new structures are added every year.
Materials research is carried out worldwide. Educators and scientists should be able to train the next generation of scientists and meet new challenges in inorganic materials research. However, not all researchers are able to acquire all the helpful tools. Therefore in Spetmeber 2019, the FIZ Karlsruhe Advancing Crystallography Education Programme (FACE) was established to support research and education in structural chemistry in eligible developing countries through access to the ICSD. The FACE programme provides access to ICSD Web at campus level for three years. The program was coordinated with the comparable programme FAIRE of CCDC - Cambridge Crystal Data Centre. Interested parties of the eligible countries should have the possibility to use ICSD for their work in the field of materials research. In order to participate in the program they can, it is necessary to fill out an application form. The application form and more information can be found on the ICSD website.
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