Daniel Shechtman from Technion, the Israel Institue of Tech, Haifia Israel, won the 2011 Nobel Prize for the discovery of quasicrystals!
Department of materials.
from the website: "The Icosahedral phase, as the first structure in the field of quasi-periodic crystals, was discovered in aluminum transition metal alloys. It has long range orientational order but no translational symmetry. Its crystallography is unique, since it has the icosahedral point group symmetry, and its atomic order is quasiperiodic in contrast to periodic order found in previously known crystals."
Congratulations Prof. Shechtman