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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


Lisa Tran

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.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Liquid Crystals" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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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