Table of Interactive 3D Ionic Solid State Structures


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Basic Solid State Structures

Cubic close-packed / Face-centred cubic (ccp/fcc)
Hexagonal close packed (hcp)
Simple cubic, Body-centred cubic (bcc) and related Primitive Caesium Chloride (CsCl) structure

Structures derived from close packing by filling holes

Close-packing TypeHole-fillingStructure Type
Cubic (ccp)All octahedralRock salt NaCl
All tetrahedralFluorite CaF2 Anti-Fluorite Na2O
Half octahedralCadmium Chloride CdCl2 Anatase TiO2
Half tetrahedralZinc Blende/Sphalerite ZnS
All octahedral and tetrahedralLithium Bismuthide Li3Bi
1/3 octahedralYttrium trichloride YCl3
Hexagonal (hcp)All octahedralNickel Arsenide
Half octahedralCadmium Iodide CdI2 Rutile TiO2
All tetrahedralNo structure exists
Half tetrahedralWurtzite ZnS
1/3 octahedralBismuth triiodide BiI3

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