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Liquid Crystals (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

New Frontiers in Characterization, Ordering, and Functionality of Liquid Crystals


June 17-18, 2017


University of New England
Biddeford, ME Site Information


Lisa Tran

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 17, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Liquid Crystals is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The seminar will focus on the latest developments in the experimental and theoretical characterizations of liquid crystals, liquid crystal applications, and liquid crystal ordering - from the various phases OF liquid crystals to the self-assembly of materials IN liquid crystal.

A panel discussion at the end of the GRS will include participants from the GRC to discuss both career prospects and scientific future in the field of liquid crystals.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Liquid Crystals" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmProgress in Probing Molecular Ordering
Discussion Leader: Shuang Zhou (Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmGregor Posnjak (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
"Hidden Constellations and Polyvalent Topological Charges in Chiral Nematic Droplets"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmMiroslaw Salamonczyk (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Phases Without a Positional Order: Mysterious Nematics"
4:20 pm - 4:25 pmDiscussion
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Spherical Cholesterics / Innovating Liquid Crystals for New Materials
Discussion Leader: Marianne Prevot (Kent State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmTeresa Lopez-Leon (ESPCI Paris, France)
"Spherical Cholesterics"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmJody Lugger (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Homeotropic-Aligned, Near-1-nm, Nanoporous Polymer Membranes Based on Discotic Liquid Crystals"
8:35 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:00 pmAnshul Sharma (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
"Electrospun Mats of Liquid Crystal Elastomer Core Fibers for Tensile Sensing"
9:00 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmLin Li (Kent State University, USA)
"Homochiral Nanofilament Phases"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAdvances in Liquid Crystal Theory
Discussion Leader: Maxim Lavrentovich (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amChristopher Burke (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"Modeling Intra-Domain Textures and Chirality Transfer in Block Copolymer Melts with Polar and Nematic Segment Ordering"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:55 amSarah Gray (Durham University, United Kingdom)
"Studying Lyotropic Phase Behaviour, from a Molecular Point of View, with Dissipative Particle Dynamics"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amDaniel Beller (Harvard University, USA)
"Stripe Distortions Connect Boojums and Focal Conic Domains Across the Nematic-Smectic A Phase Transition"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amZiga Kos (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
"Modelling of Interacting Active-Passive Nematic Emulsions"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel Discussion
Discussion Leader: Nicholas Tito (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Advice for Careers in Liquid Crystals Research"
  • Timothy Atherton (Tufts University, USA)
  • Verena Gortz (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
  • Timothy Wilkinson (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Shu Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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