Is simulation of novel photonic bandgap materials possible? New findings by researchers at the University of Michigan, published in a study entitled “Computational self-assembly of a one-component icosahedral quasicrystal” show that it is. The material predicted by the group is the most complicated crystal structure ever produced during a computer simulation. Quasicrystals, as their names hint are ordered structures but without the periodicity of regular crystals.
The study shows that predicted and elucidated the 3D structure of an icosahedral quasicrystal self-assembled theoretically from a one-component system of particles, suggesting new routes for designing soft matter and nanoscale systems. More details can be found here.