Solid state chemistry is becoming increasingly important as its relevance is recognized in subjects as diverse as superconductivity and heterogeneous catalysis. In the two-volume set, of which this work forms the second part, a distinguished group of internationally known experts present an authoritative account of the properties of inorganic solids and the methods for studying them, written at a level suitable for final year undergraduates or for first-year graduate students embarking on research in the field. This second volume deals with the electronic structure and bonding in solids, and then focuses on several important classes of inorganic compounds. These include materials in which the emphasis is on their electronic properties, such as low-dimensional solids, superconductors and metal-cluster compounds, and those that will find utility as heterogeneous catalysts, for example layer compounds and zeolites. Both materials scientists and physicists, as well as physical and inorganic chemists will find this balanced, and authoritative introduction useful.Cheetham, A. K. is the author of 'Solid State Chemistry Compounds' with ISBN 9780198551669 and ISBN 0198551665.