Legos are arranged to show the crystal structure of graphite
Understanding crystal structure helps researchers characterize new chemical solids and understand some of the unique properties of materials. Additionally, crystal structure provides insight into the interactions between materials. Polyhedral models, commonly used in inorganic or solid state chemistry, environmental or soil science, and geology, are useful for visualizing how atoms in a crystal bind and where they are located in relation to each other. To access the Polyhedral Model Kit and associated interactive structures developed by the MRSEC, please click here.
To learn more about how molecules fit together and grow into complex and beautiful crystals, play a game we developed in collaboration with Field Day Lab, Crystal Cave!
Links to the right provide more information and activities on this topic.