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Fabrication of Quasicrystals and Designing New Metallic Catalysts in Terms of Metallurgy

update:2018-12-17
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Research topics of the laboratory are focusing on studies of quasicrsytals and designing alloys for catalysis. Quasicrystals are a new form of solid with forbidden symmetry and quasi-periodicity, which are expected to show unusual properties. Fundamental studies include search for new quasicrystalline alloys, and investigation of their structures and surfaces. In terms of metallurgy, a new paradigm for designing catalysts is proposed- (1) control of electronic structure by alloying to alter catalytic function, (2) tailoring microstructure and metallic nano-archtectures for catalysts aiming at understanding the role of microstructure on catalytic function and (3) developing new processes for preparation of alloy catalysts.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry
Applications such as quasicrystal-reinforced high-strength magnesium alloys and quasicrystalline catalysts are being developed. Another subject we are challenging is utilization of low friction and low thermal conductivity of Al-base quasicrystals to practical materials in industry.

Researchers

Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials

TSAI, An-Pang , Professor
Doctor of Engineering

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