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Mesoporous silica

Holey quasicrystals

The self-assembly of surfactant micelles in the formation of templated mesoporous silicas can be tuned to produce mesoporous materials with quasicrystalline ordering, proving that quasicrystals are indeed a general form of ordered but non-periodic matter.

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Figure 1: The formation mechanism of the templated nanoporous silicas.
Figure 2: Mesoporous quasicrystals6.


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Tolbert, S. Holey quasicrystals. Nature Mater 11, 749–751 (2012).

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