The 13th International Conference on Quasicrystals (ICQ13)

  • 09
  • Mar
  • 2016


The 13th International Conference on Quasicrystals (ICQ13) was held on 18-23 September 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is one of the series following the 1st workshop in Les Houches, France, the 2nd in Beijing, China, the 3rd Meeting in Vista-Hermosa, Mexico, the 4th Conference in St. Louis, USA, the 5th in Avignon, France, the 6th in Tokyo, Japan, the 7th in Stuttgart, Germany, the 8th in Bangalore, India, the 9th in Ames, USA, the 10th in Zürich, Switzerland, the 11th in Sapporo, Japan, the 12th in Cracow, Poland.

The ICQ13 offered an opportunity for researchers working on quasicrystals and related topics to exchange ideas and encouraged collaborations with other research groups, hence promoting material science and engineering. It brought all the best scientists in the world to talk about the recent developments in the field.  Abstracts were invited in all areas of research including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Formation, growth and phase stability
  • Structure and modeling
  • Mathematics of quasiperiodic and aperiodic structures
  • Physical properties : transport, magnetic, dynamical, mechanical etc.
  • Surfaces and overlayers
  • Applications and New Frontiers
  • Metamaterials: polymer, macro molecules, photonic/phononic crystals, oxide etc.
  • Related topics: incommensurate/modulated structures, metallic glass, complex metallic alloys, clathrate compound, clusters etc.

Kathmadu is the capital city of the beautiful Himalayan country Nepal. Nepal is a popular tourist destination for a wide range of interests, including trekking, mountaineering, river rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, jungle safari etc.  Eight of ten highest mountains in the world are located in Nepal, which include the world’s highest, Mt Everest (SAGARMATHA). Nepal is also famous for cultural heritages. It houses ten UNESCO world heritage sites, including the birth place of the Lord Buddha, Lumbini. Seven of the sites are located in Kathmandu valley itself. The participants had the opportunity to explore this small but diverse country. Visit the website of the Nepal Tourism Board for further information about Kathmandu Valley and Nepal.

Dr. Hem Raj Sharma and Prof. An Pang Tsai