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Using soundwaves, a team of University of Utah engineers and mathematicians demonstrated how to arrange carbon nanoparticles in water in a never-repeating pattern. The new discovery, according to the team, could lead to a new class of materials called "quasicrystals" - having customizable magnetic and electrical properties.

The University of Utah researchers presented their new study in the article "Wave-Driven Assembly of Quasiperiodic Patterns of Particles," published in the latest Physical Review Letters, April 8. In the report, researchers theoretically show that the superposition of plane waves could create small particles to disperse in a fluid, assembling quasiperiodic 2D or 3D patterns.

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