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Jakli receives 2010 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize

Posted Apr. 11, 2011

The article Electro-mechanical effects in liquid crystals written by the LCI member Prof. Antal (Tony) Jakli has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize. This is a Prize awarded annually to the best paper published that year in Liquid Crystals as selected by the Editorial Board. The article appeared as an invited contribution in a commemorative issue dedicated to Alfred Saupe, one of the founding fathers of the modern liquid crystal physics, who worked at the LCI in 1968-1992. Tony joined the LCI as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Alfred Saupe in 1989 and together they produced a number of outstanding research results. The award-winning article reviews linear and quadratic electromechanical effects in liquid crystals, the subject that was not classified in details before. It is focused on an interesting set of physical effects but at the very same time it is broad in scope, not only technical but also historical. The article provides an insight into one of the potentially rich non-display areas of liquid crystal applications in energy conversion and energy generating devices, and should inspire many researchers in the field of condensed matter.

The formal announcement of the winner of the Prize was made last week in Maribor, Slovenia, during the European Conference on Liquid Crystals that Prof. Jakli attended. In addition to the cutting-edge research and educating the graduate students at the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Prof. Jakli contributes greatly to the field of liquid crystals as an Editor of the Liquid Crystals section of Physical Review E. Together with Profs. R. Lemieux, C. Rosenblatt and T. Hegmann, Tony is currently organizing the 2011 International Conference on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals, to be held on August 29-September 2, 2011 in Niagara Falls, Canada.