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Hierarchical self-assembly in liquid crystals
Author(s): Julian Evans; Nan Wang; Chenxi Li; Tingbiao Guo; Sailing He
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Paper Abstract

Liquid crystal elasticity forms distortions and topological defects that allow for the controlled self-assembly of inclusions within liquid crystal media. Many groups have developed this idea for dispersion, alignment, and manipulation of a collection of individual particles to create plasmonic polarizers and others have studied colloidal crystallization processes within LC hosts. Extending this idea to consider more complex superstructures where a variety of forces can produce effects on larger lengthscales can expand the space of materials design and answer first principles questions about complex fluid dynamics. I will discuss results on colloidal inclusions at liquid-liquid and liquid- air interfaces where surface tension and capillary forces augment elasticity to provide the necessary tools for such hierarchical self-assembly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11092, Liquid Crystals XXIII, 110920R (29 August 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2529953
Show Author Affiliations
Julian Evans, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Nan Wang, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Chenxi Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Tingbiao Guo, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Sailing He, Zhejiang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11092:
Liquid Crystals XXIII
Iam Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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