Special Issue "Liquid Crystals"

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A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. João Luis Maia Figueirinhas
CFMC-UL, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal, and Departamento de Física, IST-TU-Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Website: http://cfmc.cii.fc.ul.pt/people/figuei/pt/
E-Mail: figuei@cii.fc.ul.pt

Guest Editor
Dr. Ingo Dierking
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK
Website: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/ingo.dierking/research
E-Mail: ingo.dierking@manchester.ac.uk

Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Helena Figueiredo Godinho
CENIMAT - CENTRO DE INVESTIGAÇÃO EM MATERIAIS, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia - Universidade Nova de Lisboa Campus da Caparica, 2829 - 516 Caparica, Portugal
Website: http://www.dcm.fct.unl.pt/pessoas/docentes/maria-helena-figueiredo-godinho
E-Mail: mhg@fct.unl.pt

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Liquid crystals can be found in both synthetic and natural materials, which include DNA, cellulose, soaps, and cholesteryl esters. Liquid crystal basic concepts are an inspiration for various branches of physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, biology, and engineering. These concepts enable the synthesis and characterization of new materials with low-molecular weight, as well as of polymeric and elastomeric materials. Fundamental theories and models of liquid crystals have gained great importance in many scientific communities. The concepts of orientational order and cooperative molecular behavior have entered the actual basic knowledge of the bio-sciences community, and have contributed to the understanding of muscle function, cell division and membranes, and morphogenesis.

Recent trends in liquid crystal research include topics such as polymer-modified anisotropic fluids, dispersions of liquid crystals with various nano-sized particles, topological defects in soft materials, new lyotropic systems, liquid crystal functionality in living systems, and the synthesis of liquid crystal based functional materials (e.g., photonic materials, organic plastic conductors, semiconductors, materials in sensors, materials used in switchable GHz applications, and materials for data storage), along with the study of these materials’ properties and applications.

For this special issue, we invite authors to contribute research articles or reviews on the broad range of topics addressed above.

Dr. João Luis Maia Figueirinhas
Dr. Ingo Dierking
Dr. Maria Helena Figueiredo Godinho
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • liquid crystals
  • anisotropic Fluids
  • self-Organization
  • thermotropic and Lyotropic systems
  • polymers, Nanoparticles
  • functional Materials
  • biological and Living Systems
  • photonics
  • organic Conductors
  • sensors
  • simulations of Soft Matter
  • topological Defects

Published Papers (6 papers)

Materials 2014, 7(4), 3021-3033; doi:10.3390/ma7043021
Received: 1 March 2014; in revised form: 24 March 2014 / Accepted: 26 March 2014 / Published: 11 April 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(4), 2593-2604; doi:10.3390/ma7042593
Received: 21 February 2014; in revised form: 12 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 28 March 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(3), 2229-2241; doi:10.3390/ma7032229
Received: 7 February 2014; in revised form: 1 March 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 14 March 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(3), 2044-2061; doi:10.3390/ma7032044
Received: 27 January 2014; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 28 February 2014 / Published: 11 March 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(3), 1502-1519; doi:10.3390/ma7031502
Received: 16 January 2014; in revised form: 5 February 2014 / Accepted: 12 February 2014 / Published: 27 February 2014
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Materials 2014, 7(2), 1296-1317; doi:10.3390/ma7021296
Received: 17 January 2014; in revised form: 1 February 2014 / Accepted: 12 February 2014 / Published: 18 February 2014
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Last update: 27 February 2014

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