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More than 150,000 fully determined inorganic crystal structures in the ICSD database

FIZ Karlsruhe strengthens innovative power of materials research: ICSD, the world's largest database of fully determined inorganic crystal structures, now offers more than 150,000 evaluated records. These data help materials scientists optimize existing products and current produc-tion processes and provide information for the "in silico" development of new materials.

Karlsruhe, April 2012 - Since mid-April, researchers and scientists have access to more than 150,000 records stored in ICSD. The "Inorganic Crys-tal Structure Database" is the world's largest database of fully determined inorganic crystal structures. It is produced by FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany and NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) in the USA. The ICSD data not only help optimize existing products and current production processes, but also provide information for the "in silico" development of new, technologically relevant, materials like superconductors, ceramics, or nano-particles with specific, tailor-made properties. The evaluated data are a valuable basis for quantitative and qualitative analysis in research and quality management. Thus, FIZ Karlsruhe strengthens the innovative power of materials research and contributes to the development of resource-efficient production processes and sustainable materials.

For more than 30 years, ICSD has been assisting materials scientists, chemists, physicists, crystallographers, mineralogists, and geologists in solving manifold problems in applied and basic research and in visualizing basic topics for teaching purposes. The database is updated every six months with about 7,000 new records, which ensures a high degree of topicality. In addition, about 4,000 - 6,000 records are reviewed and modified each year on the basis of the latest research findings.

FIZ Karlsruhe offers ICSD as an integrated package with search and analysis software for Windows-based systems and as web-based internet and intranet solutions. ICSD offers various search options for crystallographic data and related information along with sophisticated tools allowing for analysis and visualization of the crystal structures. Of particular importance for the analysis of yet unknown compounds is the classification of the structures into structure types reflecting the relationships between the structures. The bibliographic data contained in ICSD allow for fast - in some cases direct - access to the original publications, for example, via link resolvers or via the full-text delivery service FIZ AutoDoc. More materials science databases are available through STN International, FIZ Karlsruhe's online service for research and patent information.

ICSD is a valuable addition to FIZ Karlsruhe's wide range of scientific databases from all over the world. It shows once more that FIZ Karlsruhe provides excellent services to science and business, as confirmed recently by an international auditing group. 35 years after its foundation, FIZ Karlsruhe is dedicated to its motto "Advancing Science", against which its products and services are measured.

Additional Information: FIZ Karlsruhe Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany Phone: +49 (0) 7247 808-555 Fax: +49 (0) 7247 808-259 E-mail: helpdesk@fiz-karlsruhe.de

Press Contact: FIZ Karlsruhe Rüdiger Mack Phone: +49 (0) 7247 808-513 E-mail: ruediger.mack@fiz-karlsruhe.de

About FIZ Karlsruhe FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is a not-for-profit organization with the public mission to make sci-tech information from all over the world publicly available and to provide related services in order to support the national and international transfer of knowledge and the promotion of innovation. Our business areas: - STN International - the world's leading online service for research and patent information in science and technology - KnowEsis - innovative e-Science solutions to support the process of research in all its stages, and throughout all scientific disciplines - Databases and Information Services - databases and science portals in mathematics, computer science, crystallography, chemistry, and energy technology

FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL) which consists of 86 German research and infrastructure institutions.

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