Crystal Structure DatabasesThe following online resources contain files which can be downloaded for interactive viewing either from a stand-alone visualization software or viewed from the website as a Java applet.
- American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database. This site is an interface to a crystal structure database that includes every structure published in the American Mineralogist, the Canadian Mineralogist, and the European Journal of Mineralogy. The database is maintained under the care of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and financed by the National Science Foundation. The site is searchable by mineral, author, chemistry, or cell parameters and symmetry. (more info)
- Crystal Lattice Structures. This page, maintained by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, offers a concise index of common crystal lattice structures, including those from minerals and non-minerals. Several different graphical representations, an interactive Java applet of the structure, and useful information about the lattices can be obtained by clicking on images of crystal structures. ( This site is likely no longer available. )
- Crystal Structures. This website features interactive Java applets of a variety of crystal structures of minerals and non-minerals. The Java applet allows the user to rotate and change the size of the crystal. The site also includes links to other webpages about crystal structures. (more info)
- Crystallographic Database for Minerals and Their Structural Analogues. This searchable database, maintained by the Russian Foundation of Basic Research, includes 4785 entries (2365 unique mineral names). Each mineral can be searched by name, specification, crystal chemical formula, or crystal structure characteristics. The crystal structure information includes mineral name, specification, crystal chemical formula, space group, unit cell parameters, coordinates, thermal factors and occupancy of atomic positions as well as literature references on crystal structure determination. (more info)
- Crystallography Open Database. This database is a sister to the American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database (AMCSD) and contains all the data that is in the AMCSD as well as data that has been deposited by individuals and laboratories. The database is searchable by text, words, elements, volume, or number of elements. Crystal structure data are downloadable in CIF format, and users may upload crystal data as CIF or REF files. (more info)
- ICSD Web: the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database. This site contains a free demonstration version of the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database. This database contains a 3325 structure subset of the 76,480 inorganic structures as of 2004. The demo version can be queried and accessed by a web-interface which allows multiple methods of searching, and the resulting crystal structures can then be viewed online (with the CHIME plug-in) or downloaded for viewing with other visualization software. Also included on the site are updates of bug fixes, conditions of use and prices, tips for displaying the structures, a gallery of images, a flash movie, and instructions for installing a ICSD server. (more info)