The "CRYSTAL tutorial project" started in 2000, when the first "Ab initio modeling in solid state chemistry - MSSC2000" school was organized. MSSC2001, MSSC2002, MSSC2003 (Torino), EACAS (Pau, France), MSSC2004 (London, UK), MASP2004 (Barcelona, Spain), MSSC2006 (Torino), ASCS2006 (Spokane, USA), MSSC2007 (Torino) and MSSC2008 (London, UK), MSSC2009 Torino Edition, MSSC2009 London Edition, MSSC2010 (London), MSSC2011 Torino Edition, MSSC2011 London Edition, MSSC2012 (London), followed.

A review article is devoted to a basic introduction to CRYSTAL as a tool for quantum simulation in solid state chemistry :

Roberto Dovesi, Bartolomeo Civalleri, Roberto Orlando, Carla Roetti, and Victor R. Saunders
Ab Initio Quantum Simulation in Solid State Chemistry
Reviews in Computational Chemistry, Chapter 1, Volume 21
Kenny B. Lipkowitz (Editor), Raima Larter (Editor), Thomas R. Cundari (Editor)
John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York, 2005

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"Basic tutorials"  give general information about the main features of the code, "advanced tutorials" show how to use CRYSTAL capabilities  in a specific research field (see references). 


Refer to "CRYSTAL09 User's Manual" for detailed information.

Background requirements:

For most of the topics above refer to :

C. Pisani, editor:  Quantum-Mechanical Ab-initio calculation of the Properties of Crystalline Materials,
Lecture Notes in Chemistry, Vol. 67, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 1996

Install the CRYSTAL package (free evaluation copy) and related scripts following the instructions, and then start a "CRYSTAL tour".

Refer to "How to run CRYSTAL" for information on the scripts provided to help execution and visualization of results.