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Welcome Xu and Xiang!

ESMP welcomes Xu and Xiang, both are doing their master thesis with us.
Xu will be working on the spontaneous adsorption and self-organization of colloid particles at fluid interfaces induced by surfactants and Xiang will focus on Preparation of liquid crystal shells by controlled phase separation in droplets.

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Recently published article in PRR

Many congratulations to JungHyun, Jan and the team for the recent paper "Dynamic tuning of the director field in liquid crystal shells using block copolymers" published in Physical Review Research.

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Congratulations to Manos!

Many congratulations to Manos and the team for recent article "Responsive Photonic Liquid Marbles" published in Angewandte Chemie.

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New article on electrospinning!

Many congratulations to Catherine and Jan for the new article "Disruption of electrospinning due to water condensation into the Taylor cone", published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. This paper has open access.

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Recently published review article on cellulose nanocrystals

Congratulations to Christina, Johanna, Camila, Zornitza, Manos and Jan on the new publication in Crystals "From Equilibrium Liquid Crystal Formation and Kinetic Arrest to Photonic Bandgap Films Using Suspensions of Cellulose Nanocrystals".

Article has open access. Please click
here for the link.



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Prof. Francesco Basoli visits us!

We are very glad to have Assistant Professor Francesco Basoli from the Università Campus Bio-Medico in Rome, Italy, visiting us as invited researcher in March. He will support the INTERACT project with his expertise on electrospinning of functional polymer fibers.

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New article in Advanced Functional Materials!

Congratulations to Rijeesh and the team for the new article "Facile Anisotropic Deswelling Method for Realizing Large‐Area Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Elastomers with Uniform Structural Color and Broad‐Range Mechanochromic Response" published in Advanced Functional Materials.



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Congratulations to Larry!

Congratulations to Larry! Who recently defended his Ph.D thesis on "Liquid Metals and Liquid Crystals Subject to Flow: From Fundamental Fluid Physics to Functional Fibers"


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Welcome Andy and Mitch.

Welcome our masters student Andy and visitor Mitch to the ESMP. Andy will be working on a project " Tailor-Made defects for tuning the actuation response in the liquid crystal elastomer shells" mainly with our post-doc Jampani.
Mitch is here for three month and will be focusing on the polymerization of the liquid crystal shells.


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Congratulations to Larry!

Congratulations to Larry, Shameek, Manos, and Jan on their recent publication, "Elastic Sheath–Liquid Crystal Core Fibres Achieved by Microfluidic Wet Spinning" published recently in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C!

In this article, they present the wet spinning of core–sheath liquid crystal-filled elastomer fibers using a microfluidic spinneret adapted from the normal techniques they use to produce shells and droplets. In particular, when we spin fibers containing a cholesteric liquid crystal, the result showing brilliant reflected colors as a result of the liquid crystal alignment within the fiber core. These fibers can be highly stretchable and show color changes upon heating and cooling.

You can access the article
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