Pictures from the FLC 2011 conference can be found here FLC
2011 Pictures. Also, an updated version of the Scientific
Program (Final) can be found here or in the Scientific Program
section. Finally, pictures of the recipients of the Poster Awards
can be seen here FLC
2011 Poster Awards.
You are cordially invited to attend the 13th International Conference
on Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals to be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario
(Canada), from August 29 to September 2, 2011.
first ICFLC in Arcachon (France) in 1987, this conference series provides
forum for scientific exchanges in the area of chiral
and polar soft matter. Topics to be covered range from the design and
synthesis of new materials, their physical characterization and modeling,
to their applications in new technologies. Pre-conference tutorials
also are planned, and attendees will have opportunities to discover
Niagara Peninsula region, the world famous Niagara Falls, the first
power station designed by Tesla, the wineries, casinos and many other
easily accessible from the conference venue.
is organized under the auspices of the Liquid
Crystal Institute at
Kent State University.
liquid crystals (FLC) are an important branch of liquid crystals science.
The numerous ferroelectric phases are
composed of chiral rod or disc-shape molecules or of non- chiral
bent molecules through a connection between chirality-tilt and
polarity. Polarity also can be induced by symmetry breaking at
surfaces. In this light FLCs are closely related several other
phenomena, including surface properties, chirality and polarity.
These connections will be emphasized in FLC 2011, which has been
subtitled “FLC 2011- Advances in Chiral and Polar Soft Matter”.
The conference will build on the success and the large participation
of previous ferroelectric liquid crystal conferences. Additionally,
the scope will be extended to include scientists, some of them
are familiar to those working on conventional ferroelectric liquid
crystals, who now are involved in a wider range of soft materials
studies, including colloids, polymer systems and surfaces.
Although this will be already the 13th conference in this series,
to date only two conferences have been held in North America: In
1991 in Boulder, Colorado and in 2001 in Washington, DC. The return
of the conference to North America, along with its spectacular
venue of Niagara Falls at the border between Canada and the United
States, is expected to draw a large and diverse audience, especially
young scientists who are embarking on a journey in this exciting
and growing field of orientationally ordered soft materials.
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44240