Experimental Soft Matter Physics

Advanced composites

One of the longer-term aims of our research is to create composite materials with advanced functionality, e.g. high-strength light-weight composites or materials with unique optical properties, based on liquid crystalline self-assembly. To turn the liquid crystal into a solid composite we can either polymerize a precursor within the liquid crystal, or we evaporate the solvent of a lyotropic liquid crystal. Or both processes can be used in concert. The motivation is the enhanced physical properties that may be expected if we can capture the long-range ordered structure of liquid crystal throughout the volume of the composite.

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Three most recent publications

Elucidating the fine details of cholesteric liquid crystal shell reflection patterns
Yong Geng, JungHyun Noh, Irena Drevensek-Olenik, Romano Rupp, and Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Liquid Crystals, DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2017.1363916 (2017)

Why organically functionalized nanoparticles increase the electrical conductivity of nematic liquid crystal dispersions
Martin Urbanski, and Jan P. F. Lagerwall Journal of Materials Chemistry C, DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02856C (2017)

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Liquid crystals in micron-scale droplets, shells, and fibers
Martin Urbanski, Catherine G. Reyes, JungHyun Noh, Anshul Sharma, Yong Gang, Venkata Subba Rao Jampani, Jan P.F. Lagerwall
J. Phys,: Condens. Matter, DOI: 10.1088/1361-648X/aa5706 (2017)

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