Twisted, a focused conference on the physics, chemistry and applications of cholesteric lyotropic liquid crystals developing in colloidal suspensions of chiral nanorods. The conference is motivated by the rapidly growing interest in liquid crystals formed by nanocrystals of cellulose or chitin, filamentous viruses, carbon nanotubes and similar rod-like nanoparticles. We are proud to announce that we are bringing some of the world's leading researchers in the field to Luxembourg for this two-day meeting, which will give an excellent view of the state of the art of research in the field. You can read more about the conference on its website. Click here to download the conference flyer.
In connection to the German Liquid Crystal Conference in Stuttgart we took the opportunity to organize a reunion of the Halle group, with Giusy and JungHyun as "honorary guests". From left to right: Eva (now in Stuttgart), Giusy, Jan, Martin (now in Würzburg), Stefan (now in Leipzig), Sarah (now in Magdeburg) and JungHyun. Hsin-Ling should have been there as well but a train accident in London prevented her from catching her flight, so in the end she could only join us via Skype.
For the first time in several years, the Bandol Summer School on Liquid Crystals took place again in the end of September - beginning of October. Jan was one of the teachers and JungHyun and Zory took part as students. We had a great time with a curious and imaginative group of students (and teachers), making the school as nice an experience as it was during previous years.
The videos of the talks at TEDxSNUSuwon (organized by a team comprising Jan and YooMee from the SNM group) are now on-line. You can for instance watch the talk on wearable technology by our collaborator Prof. Younghui Kim of Hongik University (the picture is from this talk).
Check out the web site for more information, and become a fan of the TEDxSNUSuwon Facebook page!