Special Issue "Advances in Liquid Crystal Nanomaterials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
Interests: magnetic fluids; magnetic nanoparticles; colloids; liquid crystal composites; magnetic properties; phase transitions; infrared spectroscopy
Interests: theory of liquid crystals; ferronematics; magnetic properties; confined systems; defects in liquid crystals; phase transitions
Self-assembling organic materials showing liquid crystalline behaviour represent soft matter with unique properties. They are extremely promising anisotropic media for the design of nanocomposite systems. The main motivation for introducing nanoparticles in liquid crystalline matrices is usually to improve their optical and electro-optical or magneto-optical properties as well as to create new materials. The dispersion of guest particles in a liquid crystalline medium has been an active area of research for four decades. There has been a continuously growing interest in this area of research over the last 10 years, and a number of interesting phenomena have been demonstrated. Composite systems—liquid crystals (LCs) doped with different nanoparticles such as gold or semiconducting, ferroelectric, magnetic, or carbon nanotubes—have been subjected to intensive research in an effort to produce materials with unique properties as well as to increase the sensitivity of these materials to external fields. Serious efforts have been made to study and explore the orientation of the particles in these systems. Several approaches have been devised for the generation new functional materials. Promising new directions are LCs for organic electronics; semiconductor devices; energy conversion; LC templating for creating nanostructured materials; synthesizing nanoparticles in liquid crystalline templates or ordering nano- and microparticles; liquid crystal colloids and their potential in photonics and metamaterials; liquid crystal-functionalized polymer fibers; LC elastomer actuators; and drug delivery applications. The interaction between the nanoparticles and self-assembling media strongly depends on the specific combination of the physical properties of both components—thus depending on the molecular structure and elastic properties of LCs as well as on the type, size, and shape of the nanoparticles used as a dopant.
This Special Issue is a timely approach to survey the recent progress in the field of liquid crystal-based nanomaterials and their applications. As such, this Special Issue offers a unique insight into what has been achieved and what remains to be explored in liquid crystal nanomaterials.
Dr. Natália Tomašovičová
Dr. Sergii Burylov
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- hybrid and nanostructured LC systems
- biological, lyotropic, and chromonic LC systems
- nanoparticle-doped LCs
- LC polymers, elastomers, colloids, and gels
- soft nanotechnology and self-assembly
- orientational ordering and defects
- magnetic, electric, and optical properties
- phase transitions
- theory, modelling, and simulation
- other subjects related to LC nanomaterials