Volume 92 Issue 10 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 10, 2014

Self-Assembling Ferrocene Complex Spawns Quasicrystals

Organometallic pentamers could serve as building blocks for supramolecular structures useful in materials applications
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: quasicrystal, ferrocene, organometallics, self-assembly, monolayer

Quasicrystals are a class of ordered materials that may have symmetrical structures but lack periodicity, which means their structures don’t repeat at set intervals. Known quasicrystalline materials include metal alloys, polymers, liquid crystals, and inorganic nanoparticles. Self-assembled monolayers of organometallic compounds can also lead to quasicrystalline structures, reports a group led by S. Alex Kandel of the University of Notre Dame (Nature 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nature12993). Kandel . . .

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