2012

Liquid Crystals Today now on new improved web site

Liquid Crystals Today, the society journal newsletter, has now migrated fully to www.tandfonline.com/tlcy! Visit the site for articles and news dating back to 1991. Keep updated via the ‘News & Offers’ page and by signing up at ‘Alert me’. ILCS members can access the content for free online by contacting Jacqueline.Tearle@tandf.co.uk. The current promotion includes free online access to Liquid Crystals and Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals for a limited time only.
Contributions to Liquid Crystals Today are welcomed and should be sent to the Editor, Professor Ingo Dierking.

Holweck Prize awarded to Helen Gleeson

The Société Française de Physique and the Institute of Physics have awarded the 2012 Holweck Medal and Prize to Prof. Helen Gleeson of Manchester University for her contributions to understanding the structures and electro-optical properties of liquid crystals. The prize was established jointly in 1945 as a memorial to Fernand Holweck and other French physicists who suffered privation or met their deaths at the hands of the Nazis during the occupation of France from 1940 to 1945 and is awarded for distinguished work in experimental physics or in theoretical physics which is closely related to experiment.

Congratulations Helen !

Sept. 2012 issue of Liquid Crystals Today is now out

September 2012 issue of Liquid Crystals Today is now out. Click here to go directly to the LCT web site.

New issue of Liquid Crystals Today out

Issue 2 of Volume 21 of the ICLS newsletter Liquid Crystals Today is now on-line. You can access it here.

Election for ILCS president and vice president until June 29th 2012

The election for the next ILCS president and vice president is on-going. The candidates for president are Prof. Claudio Zannoni, University of Bologna, Italy, and Prof. David Walba, University of Colorado, USA. For vice president the candidates are Prof. Peter Collings, Swarthmore College, USA, and Prof. Kattera Suresh, Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, India.

If you are an ILCS member and have not received the candidacy statements and instructions for how to vote, please
contact Steven McCann here.

The deadline for voting is 29th of June 2012.

Prof. Mark Warner FRS

The ILCS congratulates Prof. Mark Warner, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, for having been made a Fellow of the Royal Society. The motivation reads as follows:

Mark Warner is one of the founders of the field of Liquid Crystal Elastomers. He has thereby predicted new phenomena hitherto unknown to classical elasticity, liquid crystals and rubber, for instance large thermo and opto-mechanical effects, liquid-like shape changes, mechano-chiral response and soft ferro-electric solids. He has pioneered much of the statistical mechanical understanding of polymer liquid crystals. His work has inspired experiment and theory in a large number of groups internationally in chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering and industry. They are pursuing novel mechanics, photo-actuation, rubber lasers and optically-driven, ferro-electric rubber.

See the
official Royal Society announcement here.

British Liquid Crystal Society Awards

The recipients of the 2012 awards of the British Liquid Crystal Society were honoured last week at the annual meeting of the society, which this year was organised by Nigel Mottram of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

It is my pleasure to announce that Prof Noel A. Clark from the University of Colorado at Boulder received this year’s G.W. Gray medal for his outstanding contributions to the general field of liquid crystals, both fundamentally and applied. Prof Doug Cleaver from Sheffield Hallam University received the Hilsum medal for his contributions to the computer modelling of liquid crystals, and Dr Apala Majumdar from Oxford University was handed over the Young Scientist Award for her mathematical modelling of nematic liquid crystals at multiple scales. Congratulations to all recipients.

Ingo Dierking
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Manchester

Liquid Crystals find their way back home

The Liquid Crystal exhibition, which was formerly hosted at the University of Siegen, has now been relocated to the birthplace of liquid crystal research, the Department of Physics of the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Read more in Liquid Crystals Today

Liquid Crystals Today, Vol. 21, No. 1 on-line

You can read issue 1 of volume 21 of the ILCS newsletter Liquid Crystals Today here.

Conference announcement

Conference announcement

The first All-Russian Conference on Liquid Crystals will be held September 17-21. 2012 in the city of Ivanovo, some 300 km north-east of Moscow. Although the official conference language is Russian, the first day will be devoted to a series of invited talks being given in English. The social program organised for foreign attendees will be very rewarding.

For further information, please follow the link below.