Special Issue "Advances in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Dr. Michel Mitov
Director of Research at CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Centre d’Elaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales, CEMES, Toulouse, France
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Interests: cholesteric and chiral liquid crystals; polymer–liquid crystal composites; biological liquid crystals; biomimetic replicas; materials design—structure—optical properties
Most of optical properties of liquid crystals (LCs) are due to chiral structures. With their helical structure, cholesteric LCs (CLCs)—also named chiral nematic LCs—figure prominently in LC science. Selectively reflecting the light is their iconic property. A properly oriented layer of CLC is a unique multifunctional material: It is, at the same time, a reflector, a notch filter, a polarizer and an optical rotator.
The research on CLCs often requires making a continuous description of chiral structures and their properties from the nanometer range to the macroscopic scale. It provides natural links between different disciplines in soft matter science and well beyond. It promises a myriad of applications in the areas of sensors based on color changes; tunable bandpass filters; rewritable color recordings; hyperspectral imaging; thermal printable e-paper; polarizer-free reflective displays; lasing; microlenses; smart windows, and so on. Lyotropic CLC formulations may be chosen for beauty cares to screen UV light or to obtain iridescent visual effects. The CLC structure has very far-reaching implications in technology which have not yet shown their full significance.
The CLC structure is a recurring design in animal and plant kingdoms. The functions of biological CLCs include maximisation of packing efficiency, optical information, radiation protection and mechanical stability. The role of the cholesteric structure in living matter is far from being fully defined, and many biomimetic replicas are still waiting for a realization.
This Special Issue of Crystals on “Advances in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals” covers the formulation, properties, experimental investigations, theoretical aspects and applications of thermotropic or lyotropic compounds, and biological materials.
Original research papers and review articles are considered.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue.Dr. Michel Mitov
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- Cholesteric liquid crystals
- Structures, defects and physical properties
- Materials design by physical techniques
- Chemical synthesis
- Biological and biomimetic cholesteric liquid crystals
- Optical devices based on cholesteric liquid-crystalline materials