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Liquid Crystals
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The field of Liquid Crystals is truly interdisciplinary; combining basic aspects of physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, biology, and engineering. Often thought of as exotic materials, liquid crystals are omnipresent in daily life, with examples including lecithin, DNA, cellulose, soaps, cholesteryl esters, gangliosides, paraffins, and graphite. Liquid crystal materials represent an intermediate state of matter existing between solids and fluids. Composed of anisotropic organic molecules, liquid crystals interact with external fields and surfaces to influence strongly their structure and properties. Because of their useful electro-optical properties, they are ideal for many applications; the most ubiquitous of these being the flat panel display, widely found on desktop and laptop computers. Due to their success in display technologies, researchers and technologists are pushing the frontiers of fundamental research and technology to find other uses of liquid crystals in chemical sensors, bedside diagnostic devices, drug delivery methods, actuators, spectrometers, and many others. From a basic perspective, fundamental theories and models of liquid crystals have gained great acceptance in many scientific communities; the concept of orientational order and collective molecular behavior penetrates the contemporary knowledge base of the bio-sciences community, contributing to the fundamental understanding of cell membranes, functioning muscles, cell division, and morphogenesis.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Liquid Crystals" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Liquid Crystals
Rational Design of Multi-Scale Materials and Their Emerging Applications
Jun 18-23 University of New England Linda S. Hirst
Torsten Hegmann
2015 Liquid Crystals
Liquid Crystallinity in Soft Matter at and Beyond Equilibrium
Jun 21-26 University of New England Nicholas L. Abbott
2013 Liquid Crystals Jun 16-21 University of New England Randall D. Kamien
2011 Liquid Crystals Jun 19-24 Mount Holyoke College Liang-Chy Chien
2009 Liquid Crystals Jun 14-19 Colby-Sawyer College Peter J. Collings
2007 Liquid Crystals Jun 10-15 Colby-Sawyer College Gregory P. Crawford
2005 Liquid Crystals Jun 19-24 Colby-Sawyer College Oleg D. Lavrentovich
2003 Liquid Crystals Jun 15-20 Colby-Sawyer College Robert P. Lemieux
2001 Liquid Crystals Jun 24-29 Colby-Sawyer College Tom C. Lubensky
1999 Liquid Crystals Jun 6-11 Tilton School David M. Walba
1997 Liquid Crystals Jun 8-13 Tilton School Jay S. Patel
1995 Liquid Crystals Jun 18-23 Brewster Academy J David Litster
1993 Liquid Crystals Jun 20-25 Brewster Academy J. William Doane
1991 Liquid Crystals Jun 17-21 Brewster Academy Noel Clark
1989 Liquid Crystals Jun 19-23 Brewster Academy Anselm C. Griffin
1987 Liquid Crystals Jun 22-26 Brewster Academy Ron Pindak
1985 Liquid Crystals Jun 24-28 Brewster Academy A. Saupe
1983 Liquid Crystals Jun 27 - Jul 1 Brewster Academy Robert B. Meyer
1981 Liquid Crystals Jul 6-10 Colby-Sawyer College Dwight W. Berreman
1980 Liquid Crystals Jan 7-11 Miramar Hotel Mortimer M. Labes
1978 Liquid Crystals Jan 2-6 Miramar Hotel Edward Samulski
1976 Chemistry and Physics of Liquid Crystals Jan 5-9 Miramar Hotel Edward M. Barall
1974 Chemistry and Physics of Liquid Crystals Jan 14-18 Miramar Hotel Julian F. Johnson
1972 Chemistry and Physics of Liquid Crystals Jan 17-21 Miramar Hotel Roger S. Porter
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