Formation and properties of quasicrystals

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This article summarizes the general structural features and important properties of quasicrystals, a relatively new class of materials belonging to solidstate substances. Quasicrystals, which have a long-range quasiperiodic order but no three-dimensional translational periodicity, are structurally different from both conventional crystals and glassy solids. Although applications are still highly limited, quasicrystals are attracting significant attention as a structual constituent of mixed-phase materials exhibiting high strength together with certain ductility and can be applied as structural materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Materials Research
EditorsDavid Clarke, Manfred Ruehle, Antoni Tomsia
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Materials Research
ISSN (Print)1531-7331


  • High strength
  • Icosahedral phase
  • Structure


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