Special Issue "Nanomaterials in Liquid Crystals"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
Dr. Ingo Dierking
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK
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Interests: liquid crystals; chiral liquid crystals; ferroelectric liquid crystals; polymer stabilized liquid crystals; nanoparticles in anisotropic fluids; liquid crystal-nanotube dispersions; defects and defect dynamics; phase ordering in soft matter; fractal structures
This Special Issue of Nanomaterials covers the formulation, properties, theoretical aspects and applications of nanoparticles and nanostructures, dispersed in liquid crystal phases of the thermotropic and the lyotropic type, including lyotropic liquid crystal phase formation by dispersing nanomaterials in isotropic carrier fluids. The systems of nanomaterials in liquid crystals have attracted increasing interest over the last few years, due to the possibility of adding functionality to liquid crystals through properties of the dispersed particles, as well as through exploiting the self-organization of liquid crystals to form ordered structures of nanomaterials. This multidisciplinary field of research has led to a wealth of novel systems in soft condensed matter, and promises new applications in the areas of displays, optical elements, meta-materials, sensors, drug delivery, and the like.
Submission of manuscripts is invited for example, but not exclusively, on the following topic areas:
- Methods of nanoparticle dispersion in anisotropic fluids
- Synthesis of nanoparticle containing mesogens
- Phases, chemical and physical properties of liquid crystal-nanomaterial dispersions
- Microparticles and arrays of particles in liquid crystals
- Nanotubes in liquid crystals
- Graphene and related two-dimensional materials in liquid crystals
- Clay doped thermotropic and inorganic liquid crystals
- Lyotropic behaviour from colloidal particles in polar fluids
- Computer simulations and theory
This list is certainly not conclusive and can be expanded. Original research papers and review articles will be considered. For reviews, please contact the Guest Editor, Dr. Ingo Dierking (email@example.com), in advance to discuss the details of the suggested contribution, in order to avoid a too extensive overlap of covered material with that of potential other authors.
Dr. Ingo Dierking
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- liquid crystal
- ordered fluid
- functional mesogen
- magnetic and ferroelectric nanoparticles
- graphene and other two-dimensional nanomaterials
- biological nanostructures
- colloidal dopants