General references

Recommended textbooks

W A Harrison, Electronic structure and the properties of solids (Dover, 1989), 2ed – library, google

N W Ashcroft, N D Mermin, Solid state physics (Cengage Learning, 1976) – library

C Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics (Wiley, 2005), 8ed – library

D G Pettifor, Bonding and structure of molecules and solids (Oxford, 1995) – library

W D Callister Jr, D G Rethwisch, Materials science and engineering (Wiley, 2014), 9ed – library

In Russian

Харрисон У А, Электронная структура и свойства твердых тел (Мир, 1983)

Ашкрофт Н, Мермин Н, Физика твердого тела (Мир, 1979)

Киттель Ч, Введение в физику твердого тела (Наука, 1978)

Other textbooks and handbooks

H R Allcock, Introduction to Materials Chemistry (Wiley, 2011) – google

J W Martin, Concise encyclopedia of the structure of materials (Elsevier, 2007) – google

R E Newnham, Properties of materials: Anisotropy, symmetry, structure (OUP, 2005) – library

E Kaxiras, Atomic and Electronic Structure of Solids (CUP, 2003) – library

Other textbooks and handbooks from here

Other references and resources


Browsable and searchable library (look here for articles and here for books)

Gallery of crystal and molecular structures

Scientific software and related questions

Topical references


Bilbao Crystallographic Server

International Tables for Crystallography. Vol. A. Space Group Symmetry (Kluwer, 2005)

M De Graef, M E McHenry, Structure of Materials: An Introduction to Crystallography, Diffraction and Symmetry (CUP, 2012), 2ed – library, google

Fundamentals of crystallography, ed C Giacovazzo et al (OUP, 2002) – library, google


Эллиот Дж, Добер П, Симметрия в физике (Мир, 1983)

J P Elliott, P G Dawber, Symmetry in physics (MacMillan, 1979, OUP, 1985)

Петрашень М И, Трифонов Е Д, Применение теории групп в квантовой механике (М., УРСС, 2002)

Аминов Л К, Теория симметрии (M., ИКИ, 2002)

F A Cotton, Chemical applications of group theory (Wiley, 1990) 3ed

Structural motifs

B E Douglas, S Ho, Structure and Chemistry of Crystalline Solids (Springer, 2006)

J Donohue, The structures of the elements (John Wiley & Sons, 1974)


D G Pettifor, Bonding and structure of molecules and solids (Oxford, 1995) – library

T A Albright, J K Burdett, M-H Whangbo, Orbital interactions in chemistry (Wiley, 2013), 2ed

R Hoffmann, Solids and Surfaces: A Chemist's View of Bonding in Extended Structures (VCH, 1988)

D A Papaconstantopoulos, Handbook of the band structure of elemental solids (Springer, 2015), 2ed

Computational chemistry

C J Cramer, Essentials of computational chemistry: theories and models (Wiley, 2004), 2ed – library, google

F Jensen, Introduction to computational chemistry (Wiley, 2007), 2ed – library, google

A Szabo, N S Ostlund, Modern quantum chemistry: Introduction to advanced electronic structure theory (Dover Pub, 1996) – library, google

R A Evarestov, Quantum chemistry of solids: LCAO treatment of crystals and nanostructures (Springer, 2012), 2ed – library, google

Inorganic semiconductors

B G Streetman, S K Banerjee, Solid State Electronic Devices (Pearson, 2016), 7ed – library

Comprehensive semiconductor science and technology, ed P Bhattacharya, R Fornari, H Kamimura (Elsevier, 2011)

S M Sze, K K Ng, Physics of Semiconductor Devices (Wiley, 2007), 3ed – library

R S Muller, T I Kamins, M Chan, Device electronics for integrated circuits (Wiley, 2003), 3ed – library

Ансельм А И, Введение в теорию полупроводников (Наука, 1978)

Chalcogenide semiconductors

K Tanaka, K Shimakawa, Amorphous Chalcogenide Semiconductors and Related Materials (Springer, 2011)

Organic semiconductors

A Koehler, H Bassler, Electronic Processes in Organic Semiconductors: An Introduction (Wiley, 2015) – library

Organic Electronics II: More Materials and Applications, ed H Klauk (Wiley, 2012) – library

Handbook of Flexible Organic Electronics: Materials, Manufacturing and Applications, ed S Logothetidis (Elsevier, 2014) – library, google

Solar cells

P Wuerfel, U Wuerfel, Physics of solar cells: from basic principles to advanced concepts (Wiley, 2016), 3ed

Organic photovoltaics: Materials, device physics, and manufacturing technologies, ed C J Brabec, U Scherf, V Dyakonov (Wiley, 2014) – library, google

Solar Cells: Materials, Manufacture and Operation, ed A McEvoy, L Castaner, T Markvart (Elsevier, 2012) – library

Chemical energy storage

Rechargeable Lithium Batteries, ed A Franco (Elsevier, 2015) – library

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Fundamentals and Applications, ed Y Wu (CRC, 2014) – library

Mechanical and thermal properties of materials

M F Ashby, Materials selection in mechanical design (Elsevier, 2011) – library

Photonics and metamaterials

B Saleh, M Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics (Wiley, 2007), 2ed

Quantum metamaterials

A M Zagoskin, Quantum Engineering (CUP, 2011)


Crystal structures

Crystallography Open Database

Inorganic crystal structure database (demo)

Crystallographic and Crystallochemical Database for Mineral and their Structural Analogues

American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database

WebCSD (Cambridge Structural Database online) – commercial


NIST databases

Materials Project (MIT, LBNL) (Duke U)

Molecular Space (Harvard U) – conjugated polymers


NIST Chemistry WebBook


Background textbooks

Quantum mechanics

Ландау Л Д, Лифшиц Е М, Теоретическая физика. Т. 3. Квантовая механика (Наука, 1989)

Statistical physics

Ландау Л Д, Лифшиц Е М, Теоретическая физика. Т. 5. Статистическая физика. Ч. 1 (Наука, 1995)

Quantum chemistry

D G Pettifor, Bonding and structure of molecules and solids (Oxford, 1995) – library