Welcome to JákliLab!
Our Current research interest include bent-core and other reduced symmetry liquid crystals, electro-spun fibers and mats, flexoelectricity and piezolectricity, small volume rheometry, bent-core blue phases and surface interactions of liquid crystals.
Recent News & Events
- ILCC 2012
The 24th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2012) took place in Mainz - Germany August 19th - August 24th. Three Members of the JákliLab group attended this event (A. Jákli, W. Iglesias and N. Diorio) with an invited talk, an oral presentation and two poster presentations (Click on image to go to the ILCC 2012 website).
- New Doctor
Doctoral student Wilder Iglesias succesfully defended his dissertation titled Surface Interactions of Bent-Core Liquid Crystals "Slipping on a Banana Peel" on July 2nd. His work involves surface alignment using amphiphilic bent-core monolayers, biological detection using liquid crystals at aqueous interfaces and liquid crystal characterization using a wide range of surface techniques.
- Wooster Collaboration
JákliLab had grown for the summer of 2012 with the presence of two students (Theresa Albon & Matt Schmitthenner) and Prof. Shila Garg from the College of Wooster. This collaboration comprises characterization of "H" and "Y" shaped liquid crystal molecules, electrodynamic instabilities of bent-core mesogens and coarse-grain dynamics of bent-shaped particles.
- Tallahassee trip
On June 2012, Dr. Antal Jákli visited the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee FL to study the behavior of blue phases under magnetic field, test biaxiality and carry out light scattering measurements at high magnetic fields of "H" and "Y" shaped molecules.
- Brookhaven trip
In April 2012 JákliLab members went down to the Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), located in the state of New York, in order to characterize the phase sequence of new kinds of liquid crystal mesogens possessing "H" and "Y" shape using X-ray scattering taking advantage of Brookhaven's National Synchrotron Light Source (Click on the image on the right to find out more about BNL facilities)
- Outstanding Research Scholar of Kent State University (2012)
The Outstanding Research and Scholar Awards recognize outstanding faculty members for their notable scholarly contributions that have brought acknowledgement to their fields of study and to Kent State. Dr. Antal Jákli member in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program since 2004 and a member of the Liquid Crystal Institute staff since 1999, recently received an Outstanding Research and Scholar Award for his work in electro-optical, electro-mechanical and rheological properties of ferroelectric liquid crystals (Click on the image to go to the news source).