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 Type Hole-filling Structure Type
Cubic (ccp) All octahedral Rock salt NaCl
All tetrahedral Fluorite CaF2 Anti-Fluorite Na2O
Half octahedral Cadmium Chloride CdCl2 Anatase TiO2
Half tetrahedral Zinc Blende/Sphalerite ZnS
All octahedral and tetrahedral Lithium Bismuthide Li3Bi
1/3 octahedral Yttrium trichloride YCl3
Hexagonal (hcp) All octahedral Nickel Arsenide
Half octahedral Cadmium Iodide CdI2 Rutile TiO2
All tetrahedral No structure exists
Half tetrahedral Wurtzite ZnS
1/3 octahedral Bismuth triiodide BiI3

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