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Quasicrystals from nanocrystals

Quasicrystals have a host of unusual physical properties. These intermediates between amorphous solids and regular crystalline materials can now be made to self-assemble from nanoparticles.

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Figure 1: Binary colloidal quasicrystal.
Figure 2: Icosahedral quasicrystals.

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van Blaaderen, A. Quasicrystals from nanocrystals. Nature 461, 892–893 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/461892a

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