Correcting a widespread confusion between different concepts in chemistry and materials science
What is it about?
In the literature about chemistry and materials science terms like "lattice", sublattice", "superlattice" are often incorrectly used instead of "structure", "superstructure" and "substructure". These terms are explained and their correct use is explained. Moreover, structural modules which show periodicity in a subspace are often incorrectly called "two-dimensional", "one-dimensional" or "zero-dimensional", instead of "diperiodic", "monoperiodic" and "non-periodic". Also in this case, the terms are explained and their correct use is explained.
Why is it important?
The incorrect use of terms outside of their meaning and definition is a serious obstacle in scientific communication in structural science.
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