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Liquid Crystals
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

June 14-19, 2009

Location

Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH

Organizers

Chair:
Peter J. Collings

Vice Chair:
Liang-Chy Chien

Meeting Description

The 2009 Gordon Conference on Liquid Crystals will address current issues in liquid crystal science, applications of liquid crystals, and areas of biology and medicine in which liquid crystal concepts are important. The coverage of the Conference will be extremely broad, ranging from the latest fundamental theories and experiments into the nature of liquid crystals to the cutting-edge work on the role liquid crystals play in biological systems. Invited speakers representing both academia and industry will come from a wide range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and physics. This collection of leading investigators will discuss the latest (often unpublished) results within this broad array of disciplines and explore the most pressing questions still to be answered. In addition, the group of participants will include a good number of junior scientists and graduate students, affording them the opportunity both to form relationships with other young investigators and to make connections with many of the leading scientists in a wide variety of fields. All participants will be given the opportunity to present a poster describing their research. The Conference atmosphere will be collegial, with scheduled time for discussion and ample time devoted to poster presentations. Free time in the afternoon and evenings together with common meals will provide a wealth of opportunities for participants to engage in fruitful conversations and begin exciting collaborations.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmNanoparticle and Nanotube Dispersions
Discussion Leader: Oleg Lavrentovich (Kent State University)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pm Jan Lagerwall (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg)
"Carbon Nanotubes in Liquid Crystals"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pm Peter Palffy-Muhoray (Kent State University)
"Mesomorphic Metamaterials"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Welcome Reception
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSelf Assembly and Molecular Aggregation
Discussion Leader: Susanne Klein (Hewlett-Packard Ltd.)
9:00 am - 9:45 am Julia Kornfield (California Institute of Technology)
"Block Copolymer Assembly in and on Liquid Crystals"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:40 am - 11:25 am Gordon Tiddy (University of Manchester)
"Chromonic Liquid Crystals - A Hundred Years of Dyes, Drugs and Ignorance"
11:25 am - 11:35 am Discussion
11:35 am - 12:20 pm Banahalli Ratna (Naval Research Laboratory)
"Functional Liquid Crystalline Nano Colloids"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLiquid Crystal Ordering and Biological Function
Discussion Leader: Mohan Srinivasarao (Georgia Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm Noel Clark (University of Colorado)
"Liquid Crystals of NanoDNA"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Cyrus Safinya (University of California, Santa Barbara)
"Nanoscale Assembly of Neuron-Derived Cytoskeletal Proteins"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session I (continued)
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiaxial Nematics
Discussion Leader: David Allender (Kent State University)
9:00 am - 9:45 am Helen Gleeson (University of Manchester)
"Biaxial Order in Thermotropic Nematics and its Measurement"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am Antal Jakli (Kent State University)
"New Methods to Study the Biaxiality of Nematic Liquid Crystals: The Case of Bent-Core Materials"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Short Talks by Participants
TBA
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLasers, Photonics, Electro-optics
Discussion Leader: Robert Meyer (Brandeis University)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm Scott Davis (Vescent Photonics, Inc.)
"Liquid Crystal Waveguides: Using the Most Electro-Optic Stuff on Earth to Build Previously Unthinkable Photonic Devices"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Byoungho Lee (Seoul National University)
"The Use of Liquid Crystals for Spatial Light Modulators, 3D Displays, and Optical Switching"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session II (continued)
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTheory, Modeling, and Computation
Discussion Leader: Tom Lubensky (University of Pennsylvania)
9:00 am - 9:45 am Julia Yeomans (Oxford University)
"Active Nematics"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am Randall Kamien (University of Pennsylvania)
"Smectics!"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Robin Selinger (Kent State University)
"Modeling Liquid Crystal Elastomers"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting (Part I)
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSynthesis and Characterization of New Liquid Crystals
Discussion Leader: Anselm Griffin (Georgia Institute of Technology)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm Robert Lemieux (Queen's University)
"Organosiloxane Liquid Crystals with de Vries-like Properties"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Georg Mehl (University of Hull)
"Correlations Between Chemical Structure and Self Assembly Behavior in LC Oligomers and Mesogen Covered Gold Nanoparticles"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session III (continued)
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBio-inspired Science
Discussion Leader: Linda Hirst (University of California, Merced)
9:00 am - 9:45 am Tomiki Ikeda (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
"Photomobile Polymer Materials: Various Three-Dimensional Movements"
9:45 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am Daniel Needleman (Harvard University)
"Cell Biology and Active Liquid Crystals: Reevaluating the Tactoid Hypothesis of Spindle Structure"
11:15 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Zvonimir Dogic (Brandeis University)
"Chiral Self-Assembly of Rodlike Viruses"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV
6:00 pmDinner
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting (Part II)
(Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLiquid Crystal Sensors
Discussion Leader: Suk-Wah Tam-Chang (University of Nevada, Reno)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm Daniel Schwartz (University of Colorado)
"Detecting DNA Hybridization Using Changes in Liquid Crystal Anchoring"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm Bharat Acharya (Platypus Technologies)
"Unconventional Applications of Nematic Liquid Crystals: Gas Phase Detection"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session IV (continued)
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart
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