Thermochromic Liquid Crystals: Materials and Applications

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Liquid Crystals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 246

Special Issue Editors

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Faculty of Graphic Arts, University of Zagreb, Getaldićeva 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: thermochromic liquid crystals; thermochromic printing inks; printing technology; material characterization; surface coating; graphic materials; smart packaging; security; printability testing; optical properties

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Department of Chemistry, The University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
Interests: liquid crystals; ferroelectric; antiferroelectric; dichroic dye; smectic; nematic
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermochromic liquid crystals (TLCs) have been a source of fascination for scientists since their appearance in the latter half of the 20th century. The unique combination of liquid–crystal properties in these materials, alongside their captivating colour-changing optical effects, has opened doors to a large variety of applications across many fields of science and technology. The utilization of TLCs has significantly impacted the advancement of liquid crystal thermography, medical diagnostics, temperature mapping, the study of complex flow patterns, the development of smart materials and applications, and many more. Unlocking the potential of these materials requires a deep understanding of their molecular structure, optical properties, adaptability to specific substrates and systems, as well as cognition of their durability, stability, and reliability.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a comprehensive perspective of emerging insights, knowledge, and technologies related to Thermochromic Liquid Crystal materials, as well as to show advances in their possible applications.

We warmly welcome the submission of original research articles as well as review articles on the areas including, but not limited to, the following: the development of new or hybrid TLC materials, sensing technology, advances in image processing, calibration systems, colour perception of the TLCs, multispectral imaging in liquid crystals thermography, spatial and temporal surface thermal distribution, impact of TLCs composition, applying methods and surface preparation on thermochromic behaviour, fibre- and bio-based substrates for TLCs, advances in TLC applications, smart packaging and temperature indication systems, security features, and lightfastness.

Dr. Maja Strižić Jakovljević
Dr. Stephen J. Cowling
Guest Editors

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  • thermochromics
  • liquid crystals
  • smart packaging
  • applications
  • optics
  • image processing
  • multispectral imaging
  • bio-based substrates
  • temperature indication
  • security
  • lightfastness

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