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Liquid Crystals
Gordon Research Conference

Rational Design of Multi-Scale Materials and Their Emerging Applications

Dates

June 18-23, 2017

Location

University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Organizers

Chairs:
Linda S. Hirst & Torsten Hegmann

Vice Chairs:
Ivan I. Smalyukh & Dirk J. Broer

Meeting Description

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Crystals will highlight outstanding research in liquid crystal physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering with a particular focus on the design and application of new liquid-crystal-based materials. This 24th GRC on Liquid Crystals (held continually since 1972) will provide a venue for scientists to present and discuss both fundamental and applied research on all aspects of liquid crystals, while identifying and emphasizing mutually beneficial connections to other research disciplines such as biology, medicine, mesoscale and metamaterials, photovoltaics, and nanotechnology. The scope of this conference will include traditional topics as well as cross-disciplinary and related emerging topics with an even balance of experimental, theoretical and computational work.

Sessions will include presentations on synthesis and characterization of new liquid crystal molecules, novel liquid crystal phases, polymeric and elastomeric liquid crystals, electro-optic phenomena, defect structures and self-assembly. Cross-disciplinary and related emerging topics will introduce and discuss the current and potential role of liquid crystals in nanoscience and technology, drug delivery, photovoltaics, chiral recognition, biologically and medically relevant materials, metamaterials, photonics, materials based on mesoscale assembly, and other liquid crystal-matter/human interactions.

Participants will enjoy invited presentations from prominent and well established scientific leaders as well as emerging junior scientists from both academia and industry with a particularly wide range of expertise and research foci. The program will additionally include a young investigator session featuring presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and a Monday afternoon Power Hour designed to address the issues women face working in science. Free time and evening poster sessions will provide excellent opportunities for additional networking between students as well as junior and senior researchers. The conference will maintain the GRC tradition of creating an inclusive atmosphere that fosters collaboration and new connections between scientists of different levels and between scientific fields.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Liquid Crystals" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Self Assembly and Supramolecular Liquid Crystals
Discussion Leader: Verena Gortz (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmKatsuhiko Ariga (WPI International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), NIMS, Japan)
"Manual Handling of Molecular Machines, DNAs and Cells at Dynamic Interfaces"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmHelen Gleeson (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
"Novel Self Assembly in Bent Core Liquid Crystals"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiological and Medical Applications of Liquid Crystals
Discussion Leader: Francesca Serra (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amCyrus Safinya (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Assembly in Neuronal Systems by Intrinsically Disordered Protein Tau"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amMichel Mitov (CEMES, CNRS, France)
"Cholesteric Micro-Mirrors in the Carapace of Beetle Chrysina gloriosa"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amCecilia Leal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Cellular Delivery of Liquid Crystal Nanoparticles"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmRobijn Bruinsma (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Orientational Phase Transitions: From Nematics to Capsid Assembly"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Helen Gleeson (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLiquid Crystals and Nanomaterials
Discussion Leader: Jan Lagerwall (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmYann Molard (University of Rennes 1, France)
"Functional Hybrid Nano Materials"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmOrlando Guzman (Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico)
"Self-Assembled Structures in Liquid Crystal Microdroplets and Fibers"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmIngo Dierking (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Thermotropic and Lyotropic Liquid Crystals with Graphene Oxide"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNew Phases and Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Antal Jakli (Kent State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amCharles Rosenblatt (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
"Washing Away Oily Streak Defects in the Sm-A Phase with Soapy Streaks in the Sm-C Phase"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amChenhui Zhu (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Probing Liquid Crystal Helices with Resonant Soft X-Ray Scattering: From B4, NTB to Blue Phase and Beyond"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amRobert Lemieux (University of Waterloo, Canada)
"Understanding 'de Vries-Like' Liquid Crystals — Recent Developments"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmSabine Laschat (Institut fuer Organische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, Germany)
"Liquid Crystalline Boron Compounds: How Serendipity Turned Cross Coupling Reagents into New Mesogens"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLiquid Crystal Materials at the Mesoscale
Discussion Leader: David Walba (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmTimothy Atherton (Tufts University, USA)
"Shape Evolution in Liquid Crystals"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmShu Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Dynamic and Reversible Tuning of Nanoparticle Assemblies in the Topological Defects of Liquid Crystals"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmNicholas Abbott (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Molecular Self-Assembly in Topological Defects"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmOptics and Photonics
Discussion Leader: Oleg Lavrentovich (Kent State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amMichael Escuti (North Carolina State University, USA)
"Taming Reactive Mesogens for Nanoscale-Period Bragg Polarization Gratings, and the Exciting Opportunities Thereof"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amTimothy Wilkinson (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Liquid Crystal Nanophotonics"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amPhilip Bos (Kent State University, USA)
"Large Aperture Liquid Crystal Based Lenses"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmJonathan Whitmer (University of Notre Dame, USA)
"Toward Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystal Elasticity"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmYoung Investigator Presentations
Discussion Leader: Lisa Tran (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmKunyun He (ESPCI Paris, France)
"Metastability in Nematic Liquid Crystal Shells"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmChristopher Burke (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Modeling Intra-Domain Textures and Chirality Transfer in Block Copolymer Melts with Polar and Nematic Segment Ordering"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmAyhan Duzgun (Kent State University, USA)
"Skyrmions in Liquid Crystals: Phase Diagrams and Dynamics"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmJungHyun Noh (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
"Self-Assembly Strikes Back: The Multifaceted Response to Photopolymerization in Liquid Crystal Shells"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmMarianne Prevot (Kent State University, USA)
"Use of Biocompatible, Biodegradable and Responsive 3D LCE Foams for the Design of Human Brain 3D Model Tissue"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmDanqing Liu (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Dynamic Surface Topographies Driven by Electric Field"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSensors and Actuators
Discussion Leader: Randy Kamien (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amVerena Gortz (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
"Synthesis and Properties of Responsive Liquid Crystalline Polymer Particles"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amChristian Santangelo (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Packing, Curvature and Optimal Maps: Lifting 2D Sheets into 3D Structures"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amRafael Verduzco (Rice University, USA)
"Patterning and Processing Liquid Crystal Elastomers for Active Materials"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmLate-Breaking Topic
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: LC Nano Composites
Discussion Leader: Timothy Atherton (Tufts University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmLinda Reven (McGill University, Canada)
"LC Nanocomposites: Tuning the LC-NP Surface Interactions"
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 9:10 pmEugenia Kumacheva (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Colloidal Liquid Crystal in Spherical Confinement"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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