Comments on quasicrystals and their potential use as catalysts

Ames Laboratory and Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A Chemical (Impact Factor: 3.19). 01/1998; DOI: 10.1016/S1381-1169(97)00272-0

ABSTRACT Recent findings suggest that quasicrystalline materials may make better catalysts than their crystalline counterparts. On the other hand, detailed surface science studies suggest that the surfaces of Al-based quasicrystals behave as if they are chemically similar to pure Al. In this paper, we discuss these results along with the unique thermodynamic and electronic properties of quasicrystals which could affect their catalytic nature.

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