Special Issue "Liquid Crystal Thin Films: Structures and Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amine Gharbi
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 02125, United States of America
Interests: Active Soft Matter; Liquid Crystals; Directed Self-Assembly; Interfacial Phenomena; Functional Nanomaterials; Biomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soft materials, in particular liquid crystals, assemble and reconfigure in response to external constraints. They provide a model system for fundamental physics questions and the development of novel applications. Investigating the properties of liquid crystal films can lead to the development of new means to control the assembly of colloidal objects, including functional nanomaterials, biomaterials, and active matter.  A better understanding of how these films behave when confined under particular conditions will provide a fascinating tool for the creation of a new generation of advanced materials that may respond to external conditions.

This issue highlights the properties of liquid crystal films and emphasizes their role in the development of novel applications. We are inviting submissions exploring the latest advances in studying the properties of liquid crystal films, including bulk and surface properties that can lead to potential applications in the future. In particular, we encourage the submission of papers investigating a broad range of liquid crystal mesophases. Reviews that succinctly analyze recent progress in the field will also be considered.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amine Gharbi
Guest Editor

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  • confinement
  • thin films
  • interfaces
  • directed assembly
  • liquid crystal devices

Published Papers

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