Quasicrystals or – for What The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Was Awarded in 2011

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A. Michalcová

Department of Chemical Technology of Monuments Conservation, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague


Quasicrystals are aperiodic objects in three dimensional space which exhibit 5-, 8-, 10 a 12- fold rotational symmetry forbidden in classical crystallography. They were discovered by Daniel Shechtman in rapidly solidified AlMn14 alloy in 1982. He managed to get over initial dislike of scientists community and for his significant work he was awarded The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011.


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