Author: Patricia A Thiel

Institute: Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering and The Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3111, USA

Quasicrystals are a unique class of materials that have an unusual structure that cannot be described classically as a crystal lattice. They differ from ordinary crystals in that their atoms are arranged in complex periodic patterns, but without clear translational symmetry. This makes quasicrystals unique in terms of their physical properties and surface behavior.

One of the interesting aspects associated with quasicrystals is their oxidation at the surface. The surface of quasicrystals has a specific structure, which affects their chemical interaction with the environment. Recent research has shown that quasicrystals may be more resistant to oxidation than regular crystals due to the absence of defects in their structure. This opens up new possibilities for the use of quasicrystals in various fields, including catalysis and electrochemistry.

Research into the structure and oxidation of quasicrystal surfaces may also lead to the development of new methods for the synthesis and modification of these materials. Understanding the oxidation processes on the surface of quasicrystals will allow optimizing their chemical and physical properties for specific applications. For example, the development of specialized coatings based on quasicrystals can improve the protective properties of materials and increase their durability in aggressive environments.                                                            

Another interesting aspect of research in this area is the study of the interaction of quasicrystals with various gases and liquids on their surface. This allows for a deeper understanding of the chemical reactions occurring on the surface of the material and their impact on its structure and properties. Such research can lead to the development of new methods of catalysis and synthesis, as well as the creation of new materials with unique chemical properties.

However, despite their unique properties, quasicrystals are still poorly understood and require further research to understand their surface behavior when interacting with the environment. Further research into the structure and oxidation of quasicrystal surfaces will help expand our understanding of these materials and their potential applications in various fields of science and technology.

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