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New Study on 5CB-Ethanol Phase Separation in Soft Matter + Cover!

Congratulations to Catherine and Jan on the new publication RSC's Soft Matter:

Isotropic-Isotropic phase separation and spinodal decomposition in liquid crystal-solvent mixtures" experimentally & theoretically reveals evidence of coexisting isotropic phases in simple mixtures of ethanol, 5CB, and water. Even though the nematic LC 5CB is arguably the most studied commercial liquid crystal worldwide, for the first time this study highlights experimental evidence of spinodal decomposition and nucleation and growth occuring between two isotropic phases and a single nematic phase between this common compound and equally common solvents.

(Click the image below to visit the article:
All supplementary info is
open access!)

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Anjali gets featured on FNR's Spotlight on Young Researchers!

Our Ph.D student Anjali Sharma was featured on FNR's Spotlight on Young Researchers blog! Laugh

Anjali works on forming liquid crystal shells and she works on trying to stabilize them using different surfactants and polymers.

Anjali and the team (Jampani, Nikolay and Jan from our group) + others from Prof. Ralf Stannarius's group in Magdeburg, Germany, observed LC shell behavior in a micro gravity environment made possible through several parabolic flights initiated in a plane provided by the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Read about & see her experience here on the FNR's site: Spotlight on Young Researchers: Anjali Sharma

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Anjali’s PhD is funded by the FNR’s PRIDE programme in the framework of the Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) MASSENA, which has the goal to improve the understanding and the performance of materials used in sensing and energy harvesting


Catherine presents our group @ PHYMS workshop

Our post doc Catherine represented our group in the first PHYMS (Physics & Materials Science) research unit workshop for PhD students and postdocs on the 13th of June.

She gave
a brief presentation on what the group's research currently focuses on as a whole (see screenshots below). The research section of our site will soon be updated to reflect all of these projects.

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Welcome (again!) to Yong!

Yong, our previous postdoc, has returned to conduct further research on applying the LC shells we make in lab to solving practical issues with security authentication.

His project is in collaboration with Prof. Gabriele Lenzini from the SNT (Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust) & is funded by the FNR (the Luxembourg National Research Fund).

The project is called "SSH: Security in the Shell", more details can be found here


Congrats to Camila for defending her Ph.D!!

Congratulations to Dr. Camila Honorato, who successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on characterization and fractionation of cellulose nanocrystals today!



LCE shell actuators with negative order parameter.

The video introducing our recently published Science Advances paper is now on our YouTube channel. Click here to watch the full video on youtube.

Congratulations to Rao and Jan on the new publication in science advances!

Congratulations to Rao and Jan on the new publication in science advances: "Liquid crystal elastomer shell actuators with negative order parameter" Paper reveals the first ever liquid crystals with a negative order parameter ground state. Here's the article (open access, no subscription required)
here for the link.



Free access to recently published article!

Happy new year! Starting this year with free access to our recently published article “Influence of head group and chain length of surfactants used for stabilising liquid crystal shells”. It's free for first 50 readers. Enjoy reading.
Here is the link:

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Welcome Andy and Ursa!

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Welcome to our new interns Andy (left) and Ursa (right) who have joined our team.Andy will focus on
Microfluidics for Measuring the Interfacial Tensions of Liquid Crystals. While Ursa will work on the Study of topological defect transformations in LC shells using a dual confocal microscope for controlled polymerization.

New article in Liquid crystals!

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to Anjali & Jan on the new publication in Liquid Crystals: "Influence of head group and chain length of surfactants used for stabilising liquid crystal shells"
This is the systematic study of the effect of different surfactants on Nematic LC shell, in terms of stability and alignment.