*In the soil science community, "quasicrystal" refers to a class of alumino-silicate mineral, the smectites. The term has been used in that community since 1971. The smectites are NOT the type of quasicrystal we are talking about here. Click here to see references to smectite quasicrystals.
More background on quasicrystals is available on the Web, and in the literature:
I. Hargittai, Editor, Fivefold Symmetry, World Scientific, Singapore (1992).
C. Janot, Quasicrystals: A Primer, 2nd edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford (1994).
Z.M. Stadnik, Editor, Physical Properties of Quasicrystals, Springer: Berlin, 1999.
I.R. Fisher, M.J. Kramer and A.I. Goldman, "Recent Advanaces in the Study of Quasicrystals," Micron., Vol. 31 (2000), pages 469-473.
D. Shechtman, I. Blech, D. Gratias and J. W. Cahn, Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 53 (1984) page 1951. (This is the seminal article in the field. It reported the discovery of quasicrystals.)
D. J. Sordelet and J. M. Dubois, Editors, MRS Bulletin Vol. 22, No. 11, 1997. (This entire issue is devoted to the topic of quasicrystals, containing 8 excellent review articles.)
A. I. Goldman, J. W. Anderegg, M. F. Besser, S.-L. Chang, D. W. Delaney, C. J. Jenks, M. J. Kramer, T. A. Lograsso, D. W. Lynch, R. W. McCallum, J. E. Shield, D. J. Sordelet and P. A. Thiel, "Quasicrystalline Materials," American Scientist, Vol. 84, (1996) pages 230-241.
A. I. Goldman and K. F. Kelton, "Quasicrystals and Crystalline Approximants," Reviews of Modern Physics Vol. 65 (1993) pages 213-230.
A. I. Goldman and M. Widom, "Quasicrystal Structure and Properties," Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. Vol. 42 (1991) pages 685-729.
P. W. Stephens and A. I. Goldman, "The Structure of Quasicrystals," Scientific American (April 1991) pages 24-31.
J. M. Dubois and P. Weinland, CNRS, Nancy, France, "Coating materials for metal alloys and metals and method," European Patent EP 0356287 A1 and US Patent 5204191, (April 20 1993).
J. Shield, A. Goldman, I. Anderson, T. Ellis, R. McCallum, D. Sordelet, "Method of making quasicrystalline powders, protective coatings, and articles," U.S. Patent No. 5,433,978 (1995).
S.B. Biner, D.J. Sordelet, and B.K. Lograsso, "Quasicrystal Reinforcd Aluminum and Aluminum Composites," U.S. Patent 5,851,317.
V. Sheares and P. Bloom, "Quasicrystal/Polymer Composite Materials and Methods," Intellectual Disclosure and record Filed with Office of Intellectural Property and Technology Transfer, U.S. Patent filed Sept. 7, 1999.
References to smectite quasicrystals.
Aylmore, L.A.G., and J.P. Quirk. 1971. "Domains and quasicrystalline regions in clay systems." Soil Sci. Soc. Am. Proc. 35:652-654.
Sposito, G. 1984. The Surface Chemistry of Soils. Oxford University Press, New York.
Ben Rhaiem, H., C.H. Pons, and D. Tessier. 1987. "Factors affecting the microstructure of smectites: Role of cation and history of applied stresses." p. 292-297. In L.G. Schultz, H. van Olphen, and F.A. Mumpton (eds.) Proc. Int. Clay Conf. Denver, 1985. The Clay Minerals Society, Bloomington, Indiana.