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May 2017

ICSD web version 3.6.0 released

May 2017

ICSD now contains 188,631 crystal structures

November 2016

ICSD now contains 184,748 crystal structures

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Analysis of spinel compounds in ICSD

ICSD enables scientists to search for text in titles in combination with chemical compound information, e.g., compound classes which cannot be described through specific compound information such as the molecular formula. An interesting example for such a compound class is provided by the spinel compounds.

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ICSD Desktop

ICSD Desktop is a solution for individual users as well as small research groups that would like to install ICSD locally on their computer/laptop. The advantage of a local installation is that you always have access to the database and you are independent of any network connection.

Currently, ICSD Desktop runs on Windows only, but in the future it will be offered also for other operating systems like Linux/Unix or MacOS.The technical side of ICSD Desktop is basically identical to ICSD Web. ICSD Desktop installs stripped-down servers to run the required services on the local machine. Access from other machines is prohibited.

At present, the ICSD contains more than 188,000 entries, including

  • 2,245 crystal structures of the elements
  • 35,536 records for binary compounds
  • 69,212 records for ternary compounds
  • 68,174 records for quarternary and quintenary compounds
  • About 150,000 entries (80%) have been assigned a structure type.
    There are currently 9,093 structure prototypes.

ICSD Desktop