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



Runa Koizumi receives the first place for her poster presentation entitled "Active Nematics Formed by Bacteria in Patterned Chromonics" at the 62nd Annual SAS / MSNO / ACS / AVS May Conference at the John Carroll University.



Dr. Chenhui PengĀ is one of the top ten recipients of “The 2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad”, the award ceremony was at the Chinese Consulate in NYC, Saturday, April 28, 2018.


President Warren of Kent State University with Greta Babakhanova who received the 2017 Graduate Research Award for her research on "Programmable stimuli responsive dynamic 'skin' that controls particle transport".



Group photo after Chenhui Peng's Ph.D. defense at the Liquid Crystal Institute. Click here to watch the video of his Ph.D. defense on "Active colloids in isotropic and anisotropic elektrolytes."