Experimental Soft Matter Physics


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Matthias did his M.Sc. thesis (defended 20 May 2016) in the group, working mainly with Martin Urbanski as his advisor, focusing on dielectric spectroscopic investigation of the relaxation processes of nematics doped with nanoparticles.
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Mathias Bourg

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Johanna worked as a post-doc in the group from August 2015 to March 2016. Her topic was liquid crystalline suspensions of cellulose nanocrystals, focusing on the importance of the solvent properties. From May 2016 she is working at Bosch in Stuttgart, Germany.
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Johanna Bruckner

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Sarah's diploma work at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (defended 16 September 2009) was on carbon nanoparticle dispersion in surfactant solutions and lyotropic liquid crystals. Currently she is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Ralf Stannarius' group in Magdeburg.
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Sarah Dölle

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Eva's Ph.D. thesis (download it from the "Research" section) is entitled “Electrospun Polymer - Liquid Crystal Composite Fibres”. She defended it on the 16th of April 2013 at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
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Eva Enz

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Benjamin did his B.Sc. thesis (defended 22 May 2015) in the ESMP group, using microfluidics to make liquid crystal shells and to study them under varying conditions.
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Benjamin Henx

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Minsik made gas sensors based on liquid crystal-functionalized electrospun fibers while in the SNM lab at GSCST, Seoul National University. He transferred to the NMEC lab of Prof. Yuanzhe Piao when Jan moved to Luxembourg in 2014.
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Minsik Hwang

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Dae Kyom worked with electrospinning and polymerization of liquid crystals while in the SNM lab at GSCST, Seoul National University. He transferred to the NMEC lab of Prof. Yuanzhe Piao when Jan moved to Luxembourg in 2014.
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Dae Kyom Kim

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Duckhee worked part time in the ESMP group as a student researcher, dealing with microfluidics and colloids.
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Duckhee Kim

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Martin was a Ph.D. student at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, synthesizing tailormade stabilizers for dispersing carbon nanotubes in thermotropic liquid crystals (collaboration with Prof. Carsten Tschierske). After some successful years as academic researcher he changed to a job in industry.
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Martin Kühnast

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YooMee did her M.Sc. thesis (defended on 12th of June 2015) in the group, electrospinning fibers with multiple cores. After Jan's move to Luxembourg she was co-supervised by him and Prof. Changsoon Kim at GSCST, Seoul National University.
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YooMee Kye

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Jong Hwan's Master thesis (defended 18 December 2014) at Seoul National University thesis dealt with the preparation and characterization of carbon nanotube-polyvinylalcohol composite films.
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Jong Hwan Lee

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Hsin-Ling defended her Ph.D. thesis “Microfluidic Produced Liquid Crystalline Shells: Self-assembled structures in nematic and smectic shells” (download it from the "Research" section) on 25th of September 2013. Her project was a collaboration with the group of Rudolf Zentel at University of Mainz.
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Hsin-Ling Liang

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Ji Hyun did a brief post-doc in the group within the scope of the INTERACT project, working with liquid crystals containing carbon nanoparticles. She now works as a post-doc in the group of Dr. Giusy Scalia. Click here to send her an e-mail.
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Ji Hyun Park

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Nina helped the ESMP group during her bachelor student in physics at University of Luxembourg, 2015-2016. She worked as a part-time student researcher, supporting other group members with various tasks, primarily dealing with cellulose nanocrystals.
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Nina Schwarz

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Stefan defended his Ph.D. thesis “Liquid Crystalline Carbon Nanotube Suspensions: From Unique Challenges to Unique Properties” (download it from the "Research" section) at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg on 4th of July 2013. His project was a collaboration with the group of Prof. Giusy Scalia.
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Stefan Schymura

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After doing his B.Sc. thesis (defended 19th of December 2014) in our group, working together with JungHyun on microfluidic production of liquid crystal shells, Kevin came back to do his M.Sc. thesis. He worked with Rao on making liquid crystal elastomer shells with well-defined director fields, and investigated their mechanical actuation properties. He defended his M.Sc. thesis on May 22, 2017.

Click here to send him an e-mail.
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Kevin Reguengo de Sousa

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Martin uses dielectric spectroscopy to characterize dispersions of gold nanoparticles in thermotropic liquid crystals. He is working on the FNR-funded project DISGONA. Click here or on his photo for his personal web site.

Tel: 6732. Click here to send him an e-mail.
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Martin Urbanski

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Sammy did his M.Sc. thesis (defended 22 January 2016) in the group, dealing with liquid crystalline self-assembly and kinetic arrest in cellulose nanocrystal suspensions, as well as the production of solid photonic crystal films by drying the suspensions.
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Sammy Wagner

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Yong produces cholesteric liquid crystal shells using a microfluidic set-up, and studies the optical properties of densely packed systems of such shells. He is working on the UL-funded project UNIQUE.

Tel: 6893. Click here to send him an e-mail.
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Yong Geng