This compact handbook describes all the important methods of synthesis employed today for synthesizing inorganic materials. Some features: Focuses on modern inorganic materials with applications in nanotechnology, energy materials, and sustainability Synthesis is a crucial component of materials science and technology; this book provides a simple introduction as well as an updated description of methods Written in a very simple style, providing references to the literature to get details of the methods of preparation when required Provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive approach to synthesizing solid state inorganic materialsRecent years have seen solid state inorganic chemistry emerge as a crucial element in products of commerce and continually fueled by the demands of industry. Given the diversity of solid state materials, an equally diverse array of methodsis used for their preparation. Responding to the increasing importance of materials synthesis, 'Essentials of Inorganic Materials Synthesis' provides an up-to-date account of the varied aspects of chemical synthesis of inorganic materials, especially methods employing mild reaction conditions.Serving to assist students, teachers and practitioners in the broad area of chemistry of solids, 'Essentials of Inorganic Materials Synthesis 'covers: Common reactions employed in synthesis, combustion synthesis, arc and skull methods, reactions at high pressures, use of microwaves and soft chemistry routes Comprehensive treatment of synthesis and discussions of the techniques Modern inorganic materials with applications in nanotechnology and energy materials Key references to obtain greater details of preparative procedures and related aspects In contributing to mainstream chemistry and modern materials science, this book is not intended as a laboratory guide but rather to provide a well-rounded presentation of synthetic methods for inorganic materials. Written with coherence and cogency, this compact handbook should be useful to advanced engineering and materials science undergraduates and graduates, as well as materials scientists, inorganic and solid-state chemists and materials physicists.C.N.R. Rao, D.Sc., Ph.D, is the National Research Professor and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientiﬁc Research and Honorary Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, at Bangalore, India. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, London, a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a member of many other science academies. He is the recipient of the Einstein Gold Medal of UNESCO, the Hughes and Royal Medals of the Royal Society, the August Wilhelm von Hofmann medal of the German Chemical Society, the Dan David Prize and the Illy Trieste Science prize for materials research and the first India Science Prize.Kanishka Biswas, Ph.D, is Ramanujan Fellow in the New Chemistry Unit of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India. He is an Associate of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. He is pursuing research in solid state chemistry of metal chalcogenides and thermoelectric 'waste heat to electrical energy conversion.'