Special Issue "Liquid Crystal Films"


A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshida
Division of Electrical, Electronic and Informational Engineering, Osaka University Yamada-oka, Suita-shi, Osaka-fu, 565-0871 Japan
Phone: +81-6-6879-7759

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The liquid crystal state of matter is one in which molecules possess orientational order while no positional order is present. Films made from liquid crystals form a family of functional materials with great potential in various technological fields, from optics to mechanics to electronics to biological sciences. Electro-tunable birefringence in nematic liquid crystals caused by voltages as low as few volts forms the basis of flat panel displays; today, new liquid crystal phases and materials, such as blue phases and polymer or nanoparticle composites and are being actively pursued for better electro-optic performance. Following the recent advances in nanofabrication techniques, liquid crystals have been combined with photonic crystals and metamaterials to provide tunability in these devices. On the other hand, using the ability of liquid crystal molecules to self-organize into complex three-dimensional structures, polymer and elastomeric films with properties not easily attainable by man-made structures, such as tunable, circular Bragg reflection and lasing have been realized. Semiconducting liquid crystals forming smectic or columnar phases have proven their potential for high-performance photovoltaics (OPVs) and transistors (OFETs).

Liquid crystal science is an interdisciplinary area of science which calls for collaboration of physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers.

This special issue welcomes research articles on the fabrication, characterization and application of functional liquid crystalline films.

Dr. Hiroyuki Yoshida
Guest Editor


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  • liquid crystals
  • liquid crystal-polymer nanocomposites
  • liquid crystal-nanoparticle composites
  • photonic crystals
  • metamaterials
  • photovoltaics
  • electro-optics
  • tunable films

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p. 394-404
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Crystals 2015, 5(3), 394-404; doi:10.3390/cryst5030394
Received: 31 July 2015 / Revised: 4 September 2015 / Accepted: 10 September 2015 / Published: 14 September 2015
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p. 302-311
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Crystals 2015, 5(3), 302-311; doi:10.3390/cryst5030302
Received: 3 July 2015 / Revised: 7 August 2015 / Accepted: 13 August 2015 / Published: 19 August 2015
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p. 206-214
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Crystals 2015, 5(2), 206-214; doi:10.3390/cryst5020206
Received: 23 March 2015 / Revised: 16 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 27 April 2015
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Crystals 2015, 5(1), 163-171; doi:10.3390/cryst5010163
Received: 16 January 2015 / Revised: 28 January 2015 / Accepted: 4 February 2015 / Published: 2 March 2015
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