Generation of the structures of molecular crystals with two molecules related by the center of inversion in a primitive unit cell

Research paper by A. V. Maleev

Indexed on: 01 Sep '02Published on: 01 Sep '02Published in: Crystallography Reports


An algorithm for the generation of possible crystal structures with two inversion-related molecules of known shape in a primitive unit cell is proposed within the method of discrete packing modeling in molecular crystals. The algorithm is based on the replacement of molecules by polycubes (geometric figures composed of identical cubes) and looking through a finite number of all the possible periodic packings of these polycubes with a given coefficient of packing. A program package for personal computers is developed on the basis of the proposed algorithm and is approved by the example of several crystal structures that were determined earlier by X-ray diffraction.