Special Issue "Liquid Crystal Nanocomposites and Their Photonics Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Michael Fisch

Kent State University, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent, United States
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Interests: liquid crystals; liquid crystal nanocomposites; phase transitions
Guest Editor
Dr. Gautam Singh

Department of Applied Physics, Amity Institute of Applied Sciences, Amity University, Noida, U.P., India
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Interests: Liquid crystals; Nanomaterials; Liquid crystals nanocomposites; Photonics of Liquid crystals and their nanocomposites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Liquid crystal (LC) phases are most often formed by anisotropic organic molecules. These soft condense matter phases have physical properties that can be tuned via variation in temperature, and optical properties that can be changed by electric/magnetic fields, optical fields, surface morphology, and other relatively weak external perturbations. Among these, electrically tunable optical birefringence is particularly important and forms the basis of ubiquitous liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and other photonic devices. Contemporary display technologies appear to be very mature with incremental changes the norm. However, there is still a need and desire to modify the display parameters of LCDs and invent other possible photonic applications of LCs. In order to achieve these goals, nanomaterials have been found to be an exciting and useful additive to LCs. The dispersion of minute amounts of nanomaterials into different types of LCs has enhanced the display parameters of LCs that could eventually lead to the high performance LCDs and other photonic devices. On the other hand, LCs could also tune the optical properties of nanomaterials by the tunable anisotropic ordering of the LC molecules. In this special issue, we will cover both aspects of liquid crystal nanocomposites i.e. (i) tuning of photonic (i.e. display) properties of LCs by nanomaterials and (ii) tuning of optical properties of nanomaterials by LCs.

Prof. Michael Fisch
Prof. Gautam Singh
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Liquid crystals
  • Nanomaterials
  • Liquid crystal nanocomposites
  • High performance tunable photonic devices

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