New issue of Liquid Crystals Today

The first 2015 issue of Liquid Crystals Today is now available on the Taylor&Francis website.

New issue of Liquid Crystals Today

Issue 4, the last issue of Liquid Crystals Today this year, is now available on the Taylor&Francis website.

Call for Applications to Host the 27th International Liquid Crystal Conference (Summer, 2018)

You can download the following information as a pdf file here.
The following is a guide for those interested in submitting applications to host the 27th International Liquid Crystal Conference (Summer, 2018). The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015, but people intending to submit applications are strongly urged to contact me well in advance. I will do my best to make sure that applications are in the proper format before they are sent to the ILCS Board for a vote. ILCS Board - http://www.lcinet.kent.edu/ILCS/main/page19/page19.html

There is no form for the application, but applications should include the following information.
  • Name of city, address, and short description of the conference locations.
  • Name and address of the prospective Conference Chairman, Conference
    Secretary, and other members of the Organizing Committee. Name and address (also telephone, fax, and e-mail of a person from whom further information can be requested). Please note experience in organizing conferences.
  • Description of the facilities for the conference, including available lecture rooms and capacities, space for posters, copying facilities, internet connections, dining facilities, connection to public transport, parking.
  • Description of the types of accommodation: quality, price range, location, connection by public transport with the conference site, railway, airport.
  • Social facilities and program.
  • Provisional budget: expected expenses and receipts, planned registration fee,
    external sponsorship. Please note that a modest loan from the ILCS is possible to
    help with the expenses of planning the conference.
  • Any further information that you think will support your application.
In addition, to both expedite the application process and to ensure fairness, I request that all submitted materials be electronic, suitable for sending either as a text file or as an attachment. (In the interest of simplicity, I suggest sending PDF files.) In the past, some applications have been accompanied by general brochures about the host city. Since Board members will not be able to consult these during the decision-making process, I do not believe they are particularly useful. Alternatively, a URL containing information about the host city and/or conference facilities could be consulted by Board members.
Finally, while it is both appropriate and desirable for local convention centers to assist in preparing a conference application, it is essential that there be full support from local and/or national scientific bodies. In the past, the actual application has always been submitted through such bodies.
Peter J. Collings Vice-President, International Liquid Crystal Society, pcollin1@swarthmore.edu

Solicitation for applications for research grant in soft matter theory/simulation in Portugal

The Portuguese Science Foundation, has issued a call for applications for research fellowships. These are similar to UK EPSRC 5-year fellowships and are intended for candidates with a minimum of 3 years' research experience after their PhD. Awards are very competitive and will be made at three levels: starting, development and consolidation, depending on seniority. More information can be found at:


We are searching for candidates who might consider joining our Centre for Theoretical and Computational Physics (CFTC) at Lisbon University:


We cover a broad spectrum of topics in the theory (and, increasingly, simulation) of soft condensed matter. Currently our focus is on the statics and dynamics of colloids and liquid crystals in external fields and/or at textured surfaces. We have also applied to become a doctoral training centre (result pending), together with two other Portuguese, two Brazilian, one UK university (Cambridge) and one Continental European (ETH Zuerich) university.

For more information, please contact:
Paulo Teixeira
Centro de Fisica Teorica e Computacional
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Avenida Professor Gama Pinto 2
P-1649-003 Lisboa
Telephone: +351 21 7904970 (work)
+351 21 7262568 (home)
Fax: +351 21 7954288/89
E-mail: piteixeira@cii.fc.ul.pt

New issue of Liquid Crystals Today

The second issue in 2014 of Liquid Crystals Today is now available on the Taylor & Francis website.

Liquid crystal chemist John Goodby wins AkzoNobel UK Science Award

A British scientist whose work helped form the basis for flat-screen TVs, computers and mobile phone displays has won AkzoNobel’s UK Science Award for 2014.

Professor John Goodby, FRS, Chair of Materials Chemistry at the University of York, will officially receive the honor and a £50,000 prize during a ceremony being held at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London on March 5.

Having spent almost a decade of his 40-year career at Bell Laboratories in the US – home of seven Nobel Laureates – Professor Goodby is being recognized for the outstanding contributions he has made to materials chemistry in the field of liquid crystals and soft matter.

“I would like to pay tribute to all of my colleagues and students past and present, as well as my fellow academics at the University of York, who have made this scientific journey so exciting, memorable and enjoyable,” he said.

“The relatively short time span between the invention of commercial LCDs in the 1970s and their current market dominance has required a huge effort by scientists and engineers from many disciplines, demonstrating the critical importance of multidisciplinary research.”

Added AkzoNobel’s Chief Scientist, Andrew Burgess: “I am delighted that we can once again recognize the wealth of science talent in the UK through this award. Professor Goodby is a hugely worthy recipient, with his work having made a great contribution to advances in liquid crystals and display technologies that people around the world now take for granted.”

President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and chair of the prize selection committee, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, commented: “I’m thrilled to be celebrating Professor Goodby’s invaluable contributions to a technology that has a beneficial effect on everyday lives across the world. The field of liquid crystal chemistry is an excellent demonstration of the value of curiosity-driven research and, more than 125 years after they were first discovered by accident, it’s fantastic to be recognizing Professor Goodby’s role in what is now a billion-dollar industry.”

The UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, also congratulated the 2014 winner: “Professor Goodby's achievements are testament to the fact that the UK has many of the world's best scientists. We have led the way developing technology that has transformed the way people live across the globe.”

Scientists are constantly looking at how the application of liquid crystals can be expanded, with current research expected to lead to applications in sensors and the medical field. More than 100 clinical trials are in progress worldwide testing the use of liquid crystals as vectors to translate DNA across membrane walls in the human body.

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New issue of LC Today now out

Liquid Crystals Today, Vol. 23, No.1, 2014 is now available on the web.

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Liquid Crystals Today - New Issue

Issue 2013-4 of Liquid Crystals Today is now out on the web. Happy reading.
/Ingo Dierking