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Fall 2009

September 2 Prof. Ji-Ping Huang, Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai, "Physics Meets Economics: Econophysics" [View Abstract]
September 16 Prof. Martin Bier, Department of Physics, East Carolina University, NC, "The Biological Significance of the Lipid Bilayer's Melting Transition" [View Abstract]
September 23 Prof. Slobodan Zumer, Department of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana and Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, "Colloidal Superstructures in Achiral and Chiral Nematic Phases" [View Abstract]
September 30 Prof. Scott Milner, Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, PA, "Crystal-Melt Interfaces, Rotator Phases, and Nucleation in Polyethylene" [View Abstract]
October 8
(Thursday, 4:00 PM)
Prof. Stephen Morris, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, "Icicles, Washboard Road and Meandering Syrup" [View Abstract]
Note: This is a joint colloquium with the Department of Physics
October 21 Prof. Thein Kyu, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH, "Photopolymerization Induced Phase Transitions in Holographic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals and Photonic Crystals" [View Abstract]
October 28 Dr. Gareth Alexander, University of Pennsylvania, "Periodic Structures in Chiral Liquid Crystals" [View Abstract]
November 17
(Tuesday, 3:30 PM)
Dr. Kyoungweon Park, Air Force Research Lab, Nanostructured and Biological Materials Branch, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, "Colloidal strategies to synthesize architecturally and functionally complex nanoparticles" [View Abstract]
December 2 Dr. Dan Savin, University of Southern Mississippi, School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, "Interfacial curvature effects in polypeptide-based block copolymer assemblies" [View Abstract]
December 9 Dr. Hartmut Lowen, Institute for Theoretical Physics II - Soft Matter, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf, "Colloidal liquid crystals under external and internal drives" [View Abstract]

Spring 2009

January 26
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Dr. Charles Reichhardt, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, "Using Colloids to Explore Complex Matter with Competing Interactions" [View Abstract]
January 28 Prof. Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Northwestern University, IL, "Nano-Patterns in Gels of Charged Chains" [View Abstract]
February 2
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Dr. Cynthia Reichhardt, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, "Local Probes of Melting, Decoupling, and Jamming Transitions" [View Abstract]
February 4 Prof. Judit E. Puskas, University of Akron, "Novel Carbon Nanocomposite Biomaterials" [View Abstract]
February 11 Prof. Matthew Glaser, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, "Soft Shoulders and Cluster Phases: Novel Colloidal Paths to Liquid Crystallinity"
February 18 Prof. Sergij Shiyanovskii, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, "Theoretical Diversity of Liquid Crystals: Problems, Models and Methods" [View Abstract]
February 23
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Prof. Victor Reshetnyak, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, "Theoretical Modeling of Heterogeneous Liquid Crystal Systems"
February 25 Dr. Matt Lynch, Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio, "Suspending Particles in Complex Fluids" [View Abstract]
March 11 Prof. Ophelia Tsui, Department of Physics, Boston University, "Liquid Crystal Alignment Control by Frustrated Boundary" [View Abstract]
March 30
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Prof. Changhuei Yang, Department of Electric Engineering and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology, "Novel Optical Approaches for Biomedical Applications - From Dime-Size Microscopes to Time-Reversal Based Suppression of Tissue Turbidity" [View Abstract]
April 6
(Monday, 1:00 PM)
Prof. Wim H. de Jeu, Director of X-ray Facility, Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "On the subtleties of smectic layer ordering" [View Abstract]
April 13
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Prof. Rajeswari Kasi, Polymer Program, Institute of Materials Science & Chemistry Department, University of Connecticut, "Self-Assembling Polymers: Ordering on Multiple Length Scales" [View Abstract]
April 15 Prof. Hyuk Yu, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison, "Polymer Surface Functionalization and Endovascular MRI Applications"
April 22 Prof. Michael Hu, Department of Marketing, Kent State University, "Artificial Neural Networks, Strategic Alliances and Consumer Research" [View Abstract]
April 29 Prof. Royce Zia, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, "New Surprises in Driven Systems with Two Species" [View Abstract]

Fall 2008

September 10 Dr. Hiroshi Yokoyama, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), "Nano-Craft of Liquid Crystal Surface Alignment: Theory and Implementation"
September 24 Prof. Igor Sokolov, Department of Physics and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University, "Liquid Crystal Template Self-Assembly of Nanoporous Particles: Shape Control and the Applications" [View Abstract]
September 26
(Friday, 12 noon)
Dr. David Siegel, Givaudan Flavors Corporation, Cincinnati, OH, "Membrane Fusion: just a passing phase"
Note: This is a joint seminar with Department of Biological Sciences.
October 6
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Dr. Ivan Dozov, Vice President for Research and Development, Nemoptic, Magny les Hameaux, France, "Weak anchoring and anchoring breaking in liquid crystals: Basic Physics and Applications"
October 15 Prof. Paul Cremer, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, "Using Supported Bilayers as a Separation Matrix for Proteomics"
October 22 Prof. Cheng Sun, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, "Optical Metamaterials - From concept to the experimental demonstration"
Oct. 27
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Dr. A. Schönle, Department of NanoBiophotonics, Max Planck Institute, Germany, "Fluorescence Nanoscopy Through Optical Switching" [View Abstract]
November 5

Prof. Peixuan Guo, Dane and Mary Louise Miller Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, "Single molecule detection of six pRNAs and direct observation of phi29 DNA-packaging motor with customized single molecule dual-view system" [View Abstract and Bio]

Note:  This
is a joint seminar with the Department of Biological Sciences

November 17
(Monday, 4:00 PM)
Prof. Margaret W. Frey, Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, "Formation and functions of high surface area fabrics" [View Abstract and Bio]
November 19 Prof. Nongjian Tao, Department of Electrical Engineering & School of Materials Research, Arizona State University, "Molecular Electronics and Sensors"
December 3 Prof. Michael Rubinstein, John P. Barker Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Physics of a Lung: A Simplified View of Airway Surface Layer of a Lung" [View Abstract]
December 10 Prof. Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, and Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, "Circuits with Light at the Nanoscale:  Metananocircuits and Metactronics" [View Abstract and Bio]

Summer 2008

June 11
Prof. Yuriy Reznikov,  Institute of Physics, Kiev, Ukraine, "Ferroelectric colloids in nematic liquid crystals"
Monday, July 7 Prof. Sir John Ball, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK, "Remarks on Q-tensor theory"
Note:  This is a joint seminar with Department of Mathematical Sciences
August 4
4:00 PM
Dr. Sharon A. Jewell, School of Physics, University of Exeter, UK, “Metamaterials, microstructures and microscopy  Some recent research topics in liquid crystal optics”

Spring 2008

Jan. 14
Dr. Shanju Zhang, School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Liquid Crystalline Self-Assembly in Bio and Nano Materials" [View Abstract]
Jan. 16
Dr. Chanjoong Kim, Department of Physics and SEAS, Harvard University, "Perturbed Dynamics of Soft Materials: Colloidal glasses and gels under stress" [View Abstract]
To be rescheduled Prof. Michael Shelley, Lilian and George Lyttle Professor of Applied Mathematics, Courant Institute, New York University, "Locomotion"
Note:  This
is a joint LCI- Applied Mathematics seminar

Jan. 30

Dr. Ruben Ramos Garcia, National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Mexico, “Nonlinear phase contrast microscope using dye-doped liquid crystals”

Feb. 4

Prof. B. Zalar, Department of Solid State Physics, J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, "Some current topics in liquid crystal elastomer research: deuteron NMR study of paranematic-nematic transition criticality and piezoresistivity of nanoparticle-reprocessed networks" [View Abstract]

Feb. 6

Prof. Richard J. Spontak, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, “Molecular Design of Nanostructured Block Copolymers as a Route to High-Performance Electroelastomers”

March 5

Prof. Linda Hirst, Department of Physics, Florida State  University, "Controlling liquid crystalline phases in the lipid bilayer"

March 7
12:00 PM
Prof. Kenji Urayama, Department of Material Chemistry, Kyoto University, "Stimulus Response of Swollen Nematic Elastomers"
March 19 Prof. Mark Warner, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK, "Non-linear processes in dyes and nematic photo-elasticity" [View Abstract]
March 26

Prof. Alexander G. Petrov, Director of the Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences,“Liquid Crystal Physics and the Physics of Soft Matter”

April 2

Prof. Vladmir M. Agranovich, The NanoTech Institute, The University of Texas at Dallas, and Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Science, "Negative refraction, polaritons and negative group velocity" [View Abstract]

To be rescheduled Prof. Sasha Govorov, Department of Physics, Ohio University, “Optical properties of coupled semiconductor and metal nanocrystals: Exciton-plasmon interaction and nonlinear effects”
April 16 Prof. Matthew A. Glaser, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, “Nanophase segregation and frustration: chirality, splay, and curvature in bent-core smectics”
April 30 Prof. Paul Goldbart, Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Chemical gels and their structural and elastic heterogeneity: A simple, Landau-type picture"[View Abstract]
May 7 Prof. Robert H. Austin, Department of Physics, Princeton University, "DNA in Tight Places: Connecting Nanochannels with Evolution"

Fall 2007

Sept. 12

Prof. Christopher Gorman, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, "Dendrimers and Patterned Surfaces:  Electron Transfer 'to' and ‘through’ for Molecular Electronics"

Oct. 10

Prof. Lorenzo Marrucci, The National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Naples, ""Spinning" and "twisting" a light beam and other wavefront-shaping tricks performed by suitably patterned liquid crystals"

Oct. 31

Prof. Ting Zhu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Modeling Hyperelastic Crystals"

Nov. 7

Prof. Randall D. Kamien, Vicki and William Abrams Professor in Natural Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, "On the Stability of Large Angle Grain Boundaries"

Nov. 19 

NOTICE: Monday (4:00)

Prof. Sahraoui Chaieb, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "Wrinkling Instabilities in Monolayers and Bilayers Made of Chiral Lipids"

Nov. 26

NOTICE: Monday (4:00)

Dr. Bharat Acharya, Platypus Technologies, Madison, Wisconsin, "Unconventional Applications of Nematic Liquid Crystals: Polarization Management & Virus Detection"

Dec. 5 Dr. Rafael Verduzco, Oak Ridge National Lab, "Self-assembled Liquid Crystal Gels"

Dec. 12

Prof. L. Jay Guo, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, "Nanoimprint technology and its application in polymer based photonic devices"

Spring 2007

January 17.

Prof. Coleen Pugh, Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, OH.

Title: Architectural Effects in Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers

January 24.

Dr. Eric Sirota, Corporate Strategic Research, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ

Title: The Physics of Asphaltenes

January 31.

Prof. Royce Zia, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Title: American Football, Barber Poles, and Clouds: Pattern Formation in Biased Diffusion of Two Species

February 21.

Prof. Noel Clark, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Title: Living Polymerization and Liquid Crystal Condensation of Nanoscale DNA

February 28.

Dr. Ronald Pindak, National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Title: Using Synchrotron X-Ray Techniques to Determine the Complex Structures Exhibited by Liquid Crystal Molecules and Explore their Rich Phase Behavior

April 4.

Joint Seminar with Department of Philosophy

Prof. Caroline Whitbeck, Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, Department of Philosophy, and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Title: Research Conduct and Misconduct: Stories from the Online Ethics Center

April 11.

Prof. Evgenii Narimanov, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Title: Recent Progress in Negative Index Materials and Subwavelength Imaging

April 25.

Prof. Greg Huber, Department of Cell Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT

Title: The Soft Geometry of Phospholipid Membranes: From Tethers to the Endoplasmic Reticulum

May 2.

Prof. Timothy Sluckin, Faculty of Mathematical Studies, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Title: Theories of Biaxial Liquid Crystals


Fall 2006

September 27.

Dr. Zvonimir Dogic, Rowland Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Title: Self-Assembly of Biopolymers with a Twist

October 4,

at 3:15.

Prof. Xiaoyu Zheng, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Title: Effective Property Characterization of Nano-Composites from Homogenization and Percolation Theory

October 11.

Dr. Alberto Fernandez-Nieves, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Title: Defect Structures in Nematic Liquid Crystal Shells

October 18.

Prof. Roger Quinn, Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Title: Running, Jumping, Climbing and Flying Robots Inspired by Animals

October 25.

Prof. Mark Robbins, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Title: Deformation of Glassy Materials: Yield, Strain Hardening, Crazing and Fracture

November 1.

Prof. Alex Levine, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Title: The Mechanics of Semiflexible Networks: Implications for the Cytoskeleton

November 8.

Prof. Alex Travesset, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Title: The Hydrophobic Effect and the Phase Diagram of Non-ionic Multiblock Polymers in Water

November 15.

Joint Seminar with College of Arts & Sciences and Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematical Sciences, and Computer Science

Prof. Jearl Walker, Department of Physics, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Title: The Flying Circus of Physics

Friday, December 1.

Prof. Dirk Broer, Philips Research Laboratories and Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Title: Polymers in Motion: From Painted Displays to Artificial Muscles

December 6.

Dr. Jawad Naciri and Dr. Christopher Spillmann, Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Title: To be announced


Spring 2006

January 18.

Dr. Congjun Wang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Title: Chemical Means towards Controlling the Electronic Properties of Nanoscale Materials

January 25.

Prof. Jiyu Fang, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Title: 1D Soft Nanomaterials Based on Molecular Self-Assembly: From Lipid Tubules to Peptide Tapes

February 1.

Dr. Qi-Huo Wei, Applied NanoBioscience Center and Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Title: Soft Matter Confined in Low Dimensions

February 8.

Prof. Michael Escuti, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Title: Reactive and Switchable Liquid Crystal Polarization Gratings for Ultra-Efficient Displays and Diffractive Optics

February 15.

Dr. Leiming Li, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, TX

Title: Nanomaterials and Biomaterials: Preparation, Manipulation, and Characterization

Thursday, February 16,
at 4:15,
in MSB 228.

Joint Seminar with Departments of Physics and Mathematical Sciences

Prof. Gerhard Dangelmayr, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Title: Globally Coupled Ginzburg Landau Equations for Electroconvention in Nematic Liquid Crystals

Monday, February 27,
at 4:30.

Dr. Pavel Kossyrev, Division of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI

Title: Intriguing Plasmonic Nanostructures Integrated with Soft Matter Materials

Monday, March 6,
at 4:30.

Dr. Viatcheslav Berejnov, Physics Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Title: A Soft Condensed Matter View on Protein Crystallization

April 19.

Dr. Michi Nakata, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Title: Liquid Crystal Phases of Nanoscale Duplex DNA

May 3.

Prof. Morton Denn, Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics, City College of New York/CUNY, New York, NY

Title: Interfacial Coupling in Suspensions of Liquid Crystalline Droplets in a Flexible Polymer Matrix


Fall 2005

September 7.

Prof. Stephen Cheng, Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, OH.

Title: The Origin of Self-Assembled Helical Supra-Molecular Structures in Achiral Biphenyl Carboxylic Acid Liquid Crystalline Compounds

September 21.

Dr. Sergey Lopatnikov, Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Title: Liquid Crystals as "Smart Solvents" for Nanotechnology: Theoretical Background

September 28.

Prof. David Stroud, Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Title: Optical Properties of Nanoscale Materials

October 12.

Prof. Vladimir A. Belyakov, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow, Russia

Title: Structure Transformation of Confined Chiral Liquid Crystals Influenced by Surface Anchoring and Thermal Fluctuations

October 19.

Joint Seminar with College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. John Rumble, Information International Associates, Gaithersburg, MD
Title: Science Informatics and Information Management

November 2.

Prof. David Statman, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Title: Photo-Induced Reorientation of Dyed Liquid Crystals: Bulk and Surface Effects

November 16.

Prof. Kenneth Singer, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Title: Carrier Transport in Columnar Liquid Crystals

November 30.

Seminar of the KSU Student Chapter of the Materials Research Society

Hugh Wonderly, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Title: Inkjet Printing

December 14.

Double Seminar

Dr. David Kessler, Engineering Physics Laboratory, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY

Title: LCOS Applications in Printing, Digital Cinema and Autostereoscopic Displays

Dr. Jehuda Greener, Engineering Physics Laboratory, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY

Title: The Optical Properties of Polarizer Films for LCD Display: A Viscoelastic Modeling Framework


Spring 2005

January 19.

Prof. Lech Longa, Department of Statistical Physics, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.

Title: Correlations in chiral liquid crystals

January 26.

Prof. Kaushik Bhattacharya, Department of Mechanics and Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Title: Electromechanical properties of ferroelectric ceramics

February 2.

Dr. Alexei Boulbitch, Department for Biophysics E22, Technical University Munich, Germany
Title: Osmotic force in Microrheology of Entangled Semiflexible Networks

February 9.

Prof. John Lowengrub, Department of Mathematics, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA

Joint Seminar with Department of Mathematics

Title: Theory and simulation of crystal growth

February 23.

Prof. Antonio Figueiredo Neto, Complex Fluids Group, Institute of Physics, Universtity of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Title: Characterization of native and oxidized human low-density lipoproteins by the Z-Scan technique

March 2.

Prof. Shu Yang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Title: Controlling light in three dimensions: from creation of 3D photonic structures to dynamic tuning of soft MEMS

March 30.

Prof. Jian-Min (Jim) Zuo, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Title: Atomic Structure and Growth of Carbon Nanotubes

April 13.

Dr. Katalin Fodor-Csorba, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungary Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Title: New ester type monomeric banana-shaped liquid crystals and their polymers

May 4.

Prof. Liming Dai, Department of Materials Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Title: Optoelectronic polymers and aligned carbon nanotubes

May 16.*

Dr. Konstantine Kaznatcheev, Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, Canada

Title: Pattern formation in simple liquid interfaces

June 3.*

Dr. T. Narayanan, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France

Joint Seminar with Department of Physics

Title: Micellar self-assembly in the millisecond time scale

2005 Liquid Crystal Day

April 22, 2005


Tom Lubensky, University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan Selinger, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Shunsuke Kobayashi, Science University of Tokyo

To find out more, register or submit an abstract visit:


Fall 2004

September 8.

Dr. Veena Prasad, Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, Bangalore, India

A new dimension in bent-core liquid crystals: Photoresponsive and electrically switchable mesophases

September 22.

Prof. Norbert Fruehauf, Chair of Display Technology, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Display Research at the Chair of Display Technology

October 6.

Prof. Michael Widom, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

The search for spontaneously magnetized fluids

October 20.

Prof. Robin Selinger, Department of Physics, Catholic University, Washington, DC

Patterning of topological defects in soft and hard condensed matter

November 3.

Prof. Tigran Galstian, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Photoinduced birefringence: The contribution of discotic defects

November 10.

Dr. Augustine Urbas, Air Force Research Laboratory/MLPJ, Dayton, OH

Photo-optic Holographic Polymer/ Liquid Crystal Structures

November 23.*

Prof. Slobodan Zumer, Department of Physics, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Title: Phase Transitions in Constrained Liquid Crystalline Systems: Porous Media, Elastomers and Emulsions

December 1.

Prof. Gerald R. Van Hecke, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California

Title: Intermolecular Interaction or Why Love a Phase Diagram

* The special seminar is sponsored by outreach program


Spring 2004

January 21.

Prof. Liu Jun, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Multiscale self-assembly approaches for functional nanomaterials

January 28.

Professor Maria Helena Figueiredo Godinho, Materials Science, University of New Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Shear-Induced Order Effects in Urethane/Urea Elastomers

February 4.

Dr. Zohar Nussinov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Glassy behavior in geometrically frustrated liquids and the  inverse glass problem

February 18.

Dr. Jonathan V. Selinger, Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC;

Chirality and Molecular Order in Polymers, Liquid Crystals and Lipid Microstructures

February 20.

Professor Michael Shelley, Courant Institute of Mathematical Scieneces, New York University

Bending and Moving: Bodies interacting with fluids

February 25.

Professor Dr. Antonio Martins Figueiredo Neto,  Complex Fluids Group, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Săo Paulo, Săo Paulo, SP, Brazil

Determination of the Soret coefficient in magnetic fluids: thermophobic and thermophilic materials

March 3.

Professor Efim I. Kats, Institute of Laeu-Langevin,  France

Excitations in DNA like molecules

March 10.

Ingrid A. Rousseau, Institute of Materials Science University of Connecticut

Shape Memory of New Siloxane-based Liquid Crystalline Elastomers

March 31.

Professor Myong-Hoon Lee, Department of Polymer Science and Technology, Chonbuk National University, Dukjin, KOREA

A New Photoalignable Polyimide with High Photosensitivity

April 7.

Professor Istvan Janossy, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest, Hungary

Reorientation of liquid crystals on soft polymer layers

April 14.

Prof. Roland Netz, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

Current Topics in Soft Matter Theory

April 21.

Dr. Jürgen Schmidtke, Physikalisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Freiburg, Germany

Photonic properties of cholesteric liquid crystals

May 5.

Dr. Nándor Éber,  Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest, Hungary

Electro-convection in homeotropic nematics


Dr. Channabasaveshwar Yelamaggad, Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, Bangalore, India

A “Peelable Banana-shaped” Mesogen: A First Low Molar Mass Monodispersive    Bent-Rod Dimer Exhibiting the Biaxial Nematic and Smectic A Phase

June 3.

Prof. Dirk J. Broer, Philips Research Laboratories, Research Group 'Polymers and Organic Chemistry

Polymer morphologies controlled by light – light controlled by polymer morphologies

2004 Liquid Crystal Day

April 23, 2004


Noel A. Clark, University of Colorado

Peter J. Collings, Swarthmore College

John H. Erdmann, Hana Microdisplays, Inc.

To find out more, register or submit an abstract visit:

 LCI Home Page

Previous Seminars

Fall 2003

September 11.*

Dr. Hirotsugu Kikuchi, Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan

Phase Behavior and Optical Properties of Polymer-stabilized Cholesteric Blue Phase

October 8.

Dr. Paul F. McManamon,  Infrared Sensors , Wright- Patterson AFB, OH

Optical Phased arrays moving towardphased arrays of phased arrays

Some pictures about his visit:

October 22.

Dr. Mohammad Islam, Department of Physics, University of Pennsylvania,

Nematic nanotubes gels

October 29.

Dr. Malgorzata Kujawinska, Institute of Micromechanics and Photonics, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Novel 3D objects. Measurements and imaging methods: Why we need SLM?

November 5.

Dr. Sarah Keller, Dept. Of Chemistry  University Of Washington, Seattle, Wa 

Spheres that break out in spots: Immiscible phases in membranes of lipids and cholesterol

November 12.

Prof. Anselm C. GRIFFIN, The University of Southern Mississippi

postponed to next Spring

November 19.

Dr. Yashodhan Hatwalne,  Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India

The cone phase of liquid crystals :triangular lattice of double-tilt cylinders

December 3.

Prof. Carme Calderer, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Joint Seminar with Math department

Mathematical modeling of ferroelectric phase transitions

December 10.

Prof. Peter Halevi, Instituto Nacional De Astrofisica, Optica Y Electronica, Mexico

Theory on Liquid crystals and Photonic band-gap (tentative title)

December 17.

S.T. Wu,  University of Central Florida

Tunable liquid crystal photonic devices

Spring 2003

January 15.

Prof. Phil Castellano, Department of Chemistry, Center for Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University
Photochemical Modulation of Luminescence in Metal-Organic Chromophores

January 29.

Dr. Brian DiDonna, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Smectic phases with cubic symmetry: the splay analog of the blue phase

February 5.

Prof. Alex Seed, Dept. of Chemistry, Kent State University
Recent Advances in the Chemistry of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Materials

February 12.

Prof. Maurizio Nobili, Universite Montpelier II/CNRS, France
Disclination dynamics in nematic liquid crystals

February 26.

Prof. R.K.P. Zia, Physics Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

Blacksburg, VA

Non-equilibrium statistical Mechanics:a growing frontier of “pure and applied” theoretical physics

March 12.

Prof. Jun Zhang, Department of Physics, Courant Institute, NYU

Joint Seminar with Department of Physics

Playful flexible structures in moving fluid

April 2.

Prof. Hui Cao, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University

Lasing in Disordered Media

April 11.*

Prof. Sajeev John,  Department of Physics, University of Toronto

Photonic Band Gap Materials:  Semiconductors of Light

April 30.

Prof. Carme Calderer, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Joint Seminar with Math department

Mathematical modeling of ferroelectric phase transitions

May 7.

Prof. Daniel Phillips, Department of Mathematics, Purdue University

Some Analytic Aspects  of Transitions in Liquid Crystals

May 16.

Prof. Shunsuke Kobayashi, Liquid Crystal Institute, Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi, Japan
Fabrication and Charactristics of  Defect-Free PS-V-mode FLCD and Intrinsic FLCD: Their Applications to Color Sequential Fullcolor LCDs

May 29.*

Prof. Lachezar Komitov, Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden

Dynamic anchoring of Liquid Crystals: Path to new applications

Fall 2002

August 28

Sebastian Rauch, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
Banana Shaped Liquid Crystal Compounds with Molecular Chirality and Glass Transitions

Sept. 3

Professor C.L. Khetrapal, Postgraduate Medical Research Institute
A Transition from Liquid Crystal NMR to Biochemical and Biomedical NMR
Interdisciplinary Seminar sponsored by the departments of Chemistry and Physics, Liquid Crystal Institute and Research and Graduate Studies

Sept. 18

Dr. Mary E. Neubert, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
What Has the Organic Synthesis Group Accomplished in 30 Years?

Oct. 9

Drs. Laurence Kiernan, Oliver Petitpiere and Markus Hauser, European Patent Office
The European Patent Office

Oct. 16

Dr. R. Pratibha, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India
Experimental Studies on Mixtures of Compounds Made of Rod-like and Bent-core Molecules

Nov. 6

Dr. Ken Werner, President, Nutmeg Consultants
Editor, Information Display and Information Display On-Line
The Path from SID 2002 to the Future

Nov. 13

Greg Wilson, Assoc. VP, Technology Transfer & Economic Development
Bill Fuller, Technology Transfer Manager
Connie Hawke, Assoc. University Counsel
Commercializing Innovation: Tech Transfer and IP 101

Nov. 20

Dr. Warren Herman, Laboratory for Physical Sciences, College Park, MD
Chiral Optical Waveguides: Unique Polarization Properties and materials Issues

Spring 2002

February 6

Professor Isabel Carvalho, Department of Physics, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Optical Fibers: Properties and Applications

February 20

Dr. Antal Jakli, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
Electroactive Liquid Crystals: Reality and Potentials

February 27

Dr. Ranganathen Shashidhar, CBMSE NRL, Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering,
Naval Research Laboratory
Acoustic Properties of Liquid Crystals and Underwater Imaging

March 13

Prof. Kenneth D. Singer, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University
Molecular Semiconductors

March 20

Prof. Alex K-Y. Jen,University of Washington
Nanoscale Tailoring of Polymers and Dendrimers for Optoelectronic and Photonic Applications

April 3

Professor Christopher Woolverton, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
Development of a Liquid Crystal Biosensor for Pathogen Detection

April 10 

Professor Gregory Crawford, Division of Engineering, Brown University
Holographically formed Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals For Telecommunications Applications

 Fall 2001 seminars

September 5

Prof.V.A.Belyakov, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Moscow, Russia
Surface Anchoring and Pitch Hysteresis in Planar Layers of Chiral LC Caused by Temperature and Electric Field Variations

September 12

 Prof. Ru-Pin Chao Pan, Dept. of Electrophysics, national Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Tunable Wavelength Semiconductor Lasers with a Liquid Crystal Pixel Mirror

October 31

Leo Holmberg, Senior LAN Administrator, Kent State University
Coping with Computer Hackers

November 7

Prof. Rolfe G. Petschek, Dept. of Physics, Case Western Reserve University
Hydrogen Bonded Polymeric Liquid Crystals: Potential New Phases and Microemulsions

November 14

Prof. Paul Keyes, Department of Physics & AstronomyWayne State UniversityDetroit, MI
A New Model for the Nematic - Smectic A Transition

November 28

Dr. Michael Wand, VP, Materials Research, Displaytech, Inc., Longmont, CO
Commercial FLC Devices and Applications: An Overview

December 5

Dr. Paul Keyes, Department of Physics & Astronomy,Wayne State University,Detroit, MI
A New Model for the Nematic - Smectic A Transition

December 12

Drs. Deborah Barnbaum and Michael Byron, Asst. Professors of Philosophy,Kent State University
Research Ethics

Spring 2001

January 24

Dr. Mary Neubert, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
Better Mesogens by Structure Modification of Substituted Diphenyl-diacetylenes

February 2

Dr. Andrea J. Liu, University of California, Los Angeles
Self-assembly of Charged Biopolymers in Solution 

February 28

Dr. Primoz Ziherl, University of Pennsylvania
Pseudo Casimir Effect in Nematic Liquid Crystals

March 14

Dr. John L. West, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
Liquid Crystals and Polymers

April 4

Joint LCI/Math Seminar
Professor George Korniss
, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Parallel Dynamic Monte Carlo for Large Asynchronous Systems: From Non-equilibrium Surface Growth to Algorithmic Scalability

April 11

Dr. Edward F. Kelley, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Conquering Electronic Display Reflection Measurement Irreproducibility
Powerpoint Presentation

April 25

Dr. Barbara Frisken, Harvard University
Vesicle Formation by Extrusion through Micropores

May 2

Dr. Nicholas L. Abbott, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Using Liquid Crystals and Nanostructured Surfaces to Image Biomolecular Interactions

May 9

Dr. Robert Pelcovits, Brown University
Disclination Loops and the Nematic-Isotropic Transition

May 30

Dr. Tigran Galstian, Laval University, Quebec
Recent Studies on Dye-Doped Polymers

June 21 (Thurs.)*

Dr. Hideo Takezoe, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo
Polarity and Chirality in Banana Mesogens

Fall 2000

September 8 (Friday)

Dr. Deven Parghi, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Recent Results on Antiferroelectrics at TU Berlin

September 27

Dr. Michael Fisch, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
The Solution Behavior of Involucrin: The Lyotropic Liquid Crystal
That Got Away

October 11
Joint Math/LCI

Professor Greg Forest, Univ. of North Carolina
Pattern Formation in Flow of Nematic Polymers

October 20 (Friday)*
Joint LCI/Chemistry

Dr. Jun-ichi Hanna, Imaging Science and Engineering Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Carrier Transport in Smectic Liquid Crystals - A New Aspect as the
Opto-electronic Materials

October 25
Joint Math/LCI

Professor Michael Shelley, The Courant Institute, NYU
1-D Flags in 2-D Winds

November 3 (Friday)*

Dr. Joe Maclennan, University of Colorado, Boulder
Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Studies in Boulder

November 8

Prof. Pierre Toledano, European Synchrotron Facility, Grenoble, France and Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Picardis, Amiens, France
Analogy Between Unconventional Superconductivity and Unconventional States of Liquid Crystals

November 15

Dr. Takeji Hashimoto, Department of Polymer Chemistry,
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Self-Assembly in Block Copolymer Systems

November 28 (Tues.)*

Prof. Randall D. Kamien, University of Pennsylvania
The Microscopic Origin of Macroscopic Chirality

November 29

Dr. Mark Warner, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, England
Mechanico-optical Properties of Cholesteric Elastomers

Spring 2000 Seminars

February 9
Joint seminar with Physics Dept.

Dr. Suhaila Maluf Shibli, Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de São Paulo
São Paulo (SP), Brazil
Investigation of the Thermal Anisotropy of Ferronematics using Collinear
Mirage Effect

February 23
Joint seminar with Math Dept.

Prof. Michael J. Shelley, Courant Institute, New York University
Pattern Formation in Complex Liquids

March 1

Dr. Akihiro Mochizuki, Displaytech, Inc., Longmont, CO
Electro-optic and Polarization Switching Properties of Bookshelf Layer Structure FLCs

March 8

Dr. Helen Gleeson, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Schuster Laboratory, The University of Manchester, UK
X-ray Investigations of Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals 

March 15


March 23*

Prof. Werner Mormann, Siegen University, Germany
Liquid Crystal Thermosets from Cyanates and Epoxides- Interdependence of Phase Behaviour, Kinetics and Network Properties 

March 30*

Prof. Timothy.M. Swager, Department of Chemistry, M I T, Cambridge, MA
New Molecular Architectures for Liquid Crystal Design 

April 5 

Dr. M. Copic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 
Second Harmonic Generation in SmC* with Helical Structure

April 12

Dr. David A. Weitz, Harvard University
Colloidal Inclusions in Liquid Crystals 

April 19

Prof. Jack Kelly, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
Geometrical Optics of Liquid Crystals

April 26

Tomohiro Ishikawa, Chemical Physics Program, Kent State University
Defects and Instabilities in Layered Liquid Crystals 

May 3

Dr. M.P. Valignat, College de France, Paris
Wetting and Dewetting of Thin Liquid Crystal Films

May 11*

Prof. Y.R.Shen, University of California at Berkeley
Probing Polymer Surfaces and Chiral Liquids by Nonlinear Optics

May 12*

Dr. M. Schadt, Rolich, Basel, Switzerland
Recent Developments on Photo-alignment

May 31 

Dr. Daniel Kruerke, Iwan-N.-Stranski Institut, Technische Universitat, Berlin, Germany 
Polar Switching of Lyomesophases of Disc-Shaped Molecules

Fall 1999 Seminars

September 8

Dr. Istvan Janossy, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest, Hungary
Optical Alignments of Liquid Crystals

September 15

Dr. Bostjan Zalar, Jozef Stefan Institute, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Deuteron NMR of Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals

September 22

2:00 - 3:00p.m.
Prof. Stephen Morris,
University of Toronto
Sand Waves: The Curious Dynamics of Segregation Patterns
(Informal joint seminar with Dept. of Physics)

Prof. Andy Y.G. Fuh
, Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan,Taiwan
Holographic PDLCs

September 29

 Prof. Epifanio G. Virga, University of Pavia
Dilution of Surface Nematic Potential

October 13

Professor Antonio Martins Figueiredo Neto, University of Sao Paulo
Dynamics of Lyotropic Nematic Liquid Crystals Doped with Ferrofluids

October 26

Professor Steven Forrest, Princeton University
Organic Light Emitting Devices: Is this the end of the line for liquid
crystal displays?

November 3

 Dr. Nelson V. Tabiryan, BEAM Corporation
Photorefractivity and Photorefractive-like Processes in NLC

November 17

Dr. Geetha G. Nair, Centre for Liquid Crystal Research
Photo-Induced Phase Transitions in Nematic and Re-Entrant Nematic Liquid Crystals Doped with a Photo-Active Azo Mesogen

November 18

 Dr. Doina Manaila, University Politehnica, Bucuresti, Romania
Bistability and Multistability on Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Films
Joint LCI/Physics Seminar

November 23

Professor Gregory S. Crawford, Brown University
Lasing Pixels