Professor Jakli has been a faculty member in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program since 2004 and a member of the Liquid Crystal Institute staff since 1999. His research centers on electro-optical, electro-mechanical and rheological properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals. He was one of the pioneers in the sub-area of liquid crystals focused on compounds having a bent-core shape, and is well-known as one of the worldâ€™s pre-eminent experts in this important class of materials.
He has 159 refereed articles in the top journals of the world with 2000 citations and 14 patents. He is the sole author of a summary paper selected for the Luckhurst-Samulski Prize as the best paper written in Liquid Crystals in 2010. He has organized or helped organize several international conferences on ferroelectric liquid crystals. He is also currently an associate editor of Physics Review E, a top physics journal in liquid crystal and soft condensed matter. With a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, he uses his international visibility to place undergraduate and graduate students into laboratories outside of the U.S., which is an increasingly important part of educating students in a globally integrated world.