Lci-Research

Transport of fluids and particles at the micro scale is an important theme both in fundamental and applied science. The project explores how this transport can be controlled by anisotropic fluids, namely, by a liquid crustal with pre-designed spatially-variable orientation of molecules. The main focus is dynamic  artificial colloidal particles...

Exploration of liquid crystals often brings beautiful images of birefringent textures with topological defects and structures that underscore the intimate connections between condensed matter, optics and mathematics. Oleg Levrentovich's two images of liquid crystals have been selected for outdoor exhibition and put on display between July 15 - July...

There is a tremendous progress in both the scientific understanding and applications of self-assumblies of small particles. Forming superstructures in which particles of different nature occupy presdeisnged sites represents a major challenge of the current state-of-the art. We proposed a versatile approach to direct placement of mocroparticles...

Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute

A group of researchers in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University have published a breakthrough article on new properties of liquid crystals in the May 27 issue of Physical Review Letters. The article, which describes some recent surprising results involving nematic liquid crystals induced by a high magnetic field, is currently...

The ability of geckos to climb on surfaces is mainly pegged on their adhesive toe pads. The pads are designed with hair-like structures. These hierarchical structures enhance compliance, intimate contact and promote van der Waals interactions with the surfaces. It has been confirmed that a unique configuration of the gecko toes is key in their...

Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), essentially rubbers with liquid crystal properties, can do a number of fascinating things, especially in the fields of optics, photonics, telecommunications and medicine. They can curl up, bend, twist, wrinkle and stretch when exposed to light, heat, gases and other stimuli. Because they are so responsive, they are...

Professors Robin Selinger and Jonathan Selinger have been awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Materials Research. The project is entitled, "Topological Defects, Curved Geometries, and Shape Evolution in Soft Matter." This award is funded by the Division of Materials Research and supports theoretical and...