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Liquid Crystals (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Soft Matter in Liquid Crystals and Liquid Crystals in Soft Matter


June 20-21, 2015


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Zoey S. Davidson

Associate Chair:
Xiaoguang Wang

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.

This seminar will focus on the exciting and growing interplay of soft matter and liquid crystal science. Topics will include how colloidal media behaves in liquid crystals, how liquid crystals are made of colloidal and biological materials, as well as newly discovered phases and materials of liquid crystals.

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.


Final 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 pmLiquid Crystals Up Close
Discussion Leader: Lisa Tran (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmShuang Zhou (Kent State University, USA)
"Director Distortion Reduces Molecular Order of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystal on Large Scales"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmYu Xia (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Direct Mapping of Local Director Field of Nematic Liquid Crystals at the Nano-Scale"
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 Talk / Kinetic Liquid Crystals
Discussion Leader: Xiaoguang Wang (University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmOleg Lavrentovich (Kent State University, USA)
"Liquid Crystal Enabled Electrokinetics"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:35 pmKatherine Macri (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
"Studying Receptor-Mediated Liposome Fusion Kinetics at Aqueous/Liquid Crystal Interfaces"
8:35 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:00 pmYogesh Kumar Murugesan (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
"Fast Q-Tensor Algorithm for Modeling Flow of Nematic Liquid Crystals"
9:00 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmKoen Nickmans (Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
"Light-Responsive Liquid Crystals for Nanolithography"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amColloids and Liquid Crystals
Discussion Leader: Daniel Beller (Harvard University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amHenriëtte Bakker (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
"Quantitative Real-Space Analysis of a Binary Smectic Liquid Crystal Phase Composed of Colloidal Silica Rods and Spheres"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:55 amLouis Kang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"Roles of Entropy and Chirality in Depletion-Induced Colloidal Membranes"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amHeberth Diestra-Cruz (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico)
"Colloid-in-Liquid Crystal Composites with Tunable Hierarchical Microstructures"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amMahdi Roohnikan (McGill University, Canada)
"Hydrogen Bond Stabilized Nanoparticle-Liquid Crystal Composites"
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: Francesca Serra (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers and Research Prospectives in Liquid Crystals"
  • Robin Selinger (Kent State University, USA)
  • Nelson Tabiryan (Beam Engineering for Advanced Measurements Corp., USA)
  • David Weitz (Harvard University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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