Recent years have seen a considerable growth of interest in chemical aspects of the electronic structure of solids. Most books on solids are addressed to physicists, and present a more mathematical and fundamental account of the subject than is appropriate for students of chemistry. The present book takes a different view, and shows how the electronic structures and properties of solids can be described in terms familiar to chemists. The
first three chapters give a fairly elementary account, suitable for undergraduate students with a reasonable grounding in inorganic and physical chemistry. The later chapters present slightly more advanced aspects, including many topics of current research interest, such as metal-insulator transitions,
low-dimensional solids and 'molecular metals', and the properties of surfaces. The discussion is illustrated by a wide variety of examples.
'In conclusion, this book presents a useful overview of the electronic structure and related properties of solids. It gives a well balanced account of the theory, and numerous examples of applications which will be of interest to chemists.' Chemistry in Britain
'P. A. Cox has brought considerable skill to the task of familiarizing chemists with the electronic structure of solids. Angewandte Chemie
'This very useful book removes the mystique from those areas of solid-state physics that seem impenetrable to chemists ... It is sound and reliable.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'This covers an interesting range of subjects. The book is well written, illustrated and produced.' Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Wetenskap
Introduction; spectroscopic methods; electronic energy; levels and chemical bonding; elementary band theory; the effects of electron repulsion; lattice distortions; defects, impurities, and surfaces; Appendix A: The Fermi-Dirac distribution function; Appendix B: Brillouin zones and the reciprocal lattice