Special Issue "Stimuli Responsive Liquid Crystals"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Uroš Tkalec
Guest Editor
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
Interests: nematic colloids; topological defects; liquid crystal microfluidics
Prof. Dr. Dong Ki Yoon
Guest Editor
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Interests: soft matter fabrication; multi-functional surfaces; nanophotonics; liquid crystal textures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Liquid crystal elasticity drives the formation of structural patterns and topological defects that allow for the assembly of various mesophases as well as inclusions dispersed within the bulk of liquid crystalline materials. The ordering of constituent anisotropic molecules can be additionally altered by external stimuli, like temperature, electric and magnetic fields, flow, shape of confinement, molecular adsorbates, and structured or functionalized surfaces. Many recent studies in the field explore how to control, design, and engineer on demand the response of liquid-crystal-based forms of soft matter that could perform reconfigurable tasks on the microscale. Examples include colloidal crystallization processes within liquid crystal hosts, pattern formation in active and driven nematic fluids, autonomous responses to chemical or mechanical stimuli in microfluidic environments, release or selective self-assembly at fluid interfaces, and templated micropatterning of diverse regular textures for fundamental studies and future technologies. Addressing the dynamic processes, assembly, and collective behavior of the underlying molecular order is, thus, crucial to overcome fundamental challenges in the development of new soft materials.

The goal of this Special Issue is to bring together current views of experimental and theoretical physicists, material scientists, chemists, and chemical engineers who are active in the broad selection of topics addressed above. It is our pleasure to invite authors to contribute original research articles, reviews, short communications, and concept papers.

Prof. Dr. Uroš Tkalec
Prof. Dr. Dong Ki Yoon
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • stimuli-responsive liquid crystal structures
  • liquid crystal emulsions
  • liquid crystal interfaces
  • active nematics
  • topological defects
  • non-equilibrium soft matter
  • photosensitive liquid crystals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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