Inside Cover, Volume 50, Issue 3


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The 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded for “the discovery of quasicrystals”—crystals that are ordered but not periodic, and possess “forbidden” symmetries. Such crystals in soft matter have potential photonic applications since they can be engineered with remarkable optical properties and photonic bandgaps. On page 155, Tomonari Dotera provides a quick introduction of quasicrytals, rational design, and realization of ‘soft’—including block copolymer, colloid, and liquid crystalline—quasicrystals. Approaches to finding new quasicrystals is a particular focus. The cover depicts a rendering of a potion of the (3.3.4.3.4) Archimedean tiling phase from ABC star terpolymers, closely related to the first discovery of polymeric quasicrystals.

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