Current projects include:

• lyotropic chromonic lquid crystals • twist-bend nematics • heliconical cholesterics • electrophoresis and electro-osmosis enabled by liquid crystals • nanosecond electro-optics • living liquid crystals • topological defects • chirality and confinement • materials for transformation optic


Recent Highlights



International Liquid Crystal Society is proud to present Glenn H. Brown Prize to Israel Lazo-Martinez for the outstanding Ph.D. dissertation for his finding and detailed analysis of nonpolar and nonlinear electrophoresis in nematic liquid crystals driven by the polar orientation structure and accopanying flow under electric fields. The new phenomenon eliminates the issues of the conventional linear electrophoresis driven by DC fields and will find applications in microfluidics and sensing to sorting of biomolecules. Click here to download the full dissertation.



Oleg D. Lavrentovich presented “Director and Flow Fields in Out-of-Equilibrium Nematics” based on the studies by Shuang Zhou, Chenhui Peng, Taras Turiv, Yubing Guo, Qihuo Wei (all LCI, Kent State) and Igor Aronson and Andrei Sokolov (Argonne National laboratory) of dynamics of bacterial colonies in liquid crystals.


Group photo after Jie Xiang's Ph.D. defense near the Liquid Crystal Institute.



Greta Cukrov receiving the Best Student Talk Award (1st place) amid strong competition at the 60th Annual SAS/ACS/AVS/MSNO May Conference, where she presented her research on Elastic Properties of Dimeric Liquid Crystals with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy.