26th International Liquid Crystal Conference

July 31 - August 5, 2016
Kent State University
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July 31, 2016
The tutorial of ILCC 2016 will commemorate the 50-year history of the greatest scientific and technological achievements that started only after  the first ILCC  conference was organized in 1965, and became the most important research fields by now.  Arguably these are the development of Liquid Crystal Displays, Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals, Bent-Core Liquid Crystals, Liquid Crystalline Elastomers and Colloids. To ensure the story of these developments will be told most authentically we have invited  those scientists who did  pioneering work  in the their respected fields.

Antal Jakli
Chair, Tutorial Committee, ILCC 2016

9:30 - 10:20 Liquid Crystal Displays and Surface Alignment Martin Schadt
MS High-Tech Consulting
10:30 - 11:20 Ferroelectric & Bent-core Liquid Crystals Hideo Takezoe
Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute
11:30 - 12:20 Biological Liquid Crystals Noel Clark
University of Colorado
12:20 - 14:30 LUNCH  (included in registration)  
14:30 - 15:20 Liquid Crystal Elastomers Dirk Broer
Technical University Eindhoven
15:30 - 16:20 Liquid Crystal Colloids Slobodan Zumer
University of Ljubliana
16:30 - 17:20 Active Liquid Crystals Cristina Marchetti
Syracuse University
Dr. Martin Schadt, MS High-Tech Consulting, is the co-inventor of the twisted nematic field effect (TN-effect) that lead to today’s mature liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and televisions. Apart from his pioneering work on LCDs his work on linear photo-polymerization lead to the photo-alignment technology used in the newest LCDs, such as I-Phone 6. Dr. Schadt is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Inventors and the Society for Information Displays.

Professor Noel Clark Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, has pursued a broad exploration of liquid crystal science and technology, ranging from the physics of  liquid crystal polarity, chirality, and electro-optics, to the understanding and application of the symbiosis among liquid crystals, bioscience, and biomolecular materials.  This tutorial will present and discuss the appearance and role of liquid crystal behavior in biological processes, including the origin of life, advancement of the science of liquid crystals by the study of bio-related systems, and the development and application of liquid crystal-based materials in bioscience and technology.  Professor Clark is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, an Honored Member of the ILCS, and a recipient of the American Physical Society’s Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize.  

Professor Hideo Takezoe, Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute, and his team at Tokyo Institute of Technology have opened up a series of new eras of LC science by discovering antiferroelectric chiral smectics and polar bent-core liquid crystals. His pioneering lecture on the polarization and switching of bent-core smectic mesogens was presented 20 years ago in the last ILCC held in Kent, therefore his view on the science of bent-core liquid crystals is most valuable. Among numerous awards he is an Honored Member of ILCS and Fellow of Japan Applied Physics Society.

Professor Dirk Broer, Department of Chemical Engineering of Technical University Eindhoven, has continuously pioneered the field of functional organic materials, chemistry and technology of liquid crystalline polymers and elastomers. He designed light-driven molecular motors based on liquid crystal elastomers. Professor Broer has received the Jan Rajchman Prize of SID for his pioneering development of UV-polymerizable liquid-crystalline polymers and his contributions to their applications in flat-panel displays.

Professor Slobodan Zumer, Department of  Physics, University of Ljubljana and Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, made a number of pioneering contributions to modeling, simulations, and theory of complex soft matter ranging from polymer dispersed liquid crystals, to confined and colloidal liquid crystals.  10 years ago he with his coworkers showed that colloidal particles confined to a few-micrometer-thick layer of a nematic liquid crystal can be entangled by a single disclination line. This enabled formation of topological soft matter systems where complex nematic nematic braids decorated by colloidal particles can form also knots and links. Professor Zumer is an Honored Member and former president of the International Liquid Crystal Society.
Professor Cristina Marchetti (William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics & Associate Director, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Syracuse University) has focused her research interest on the structure and rheology of active suspensions and gels, cell cytoskeleton, collective cell migration, cell mechanics, dynamics of bacteria swarms, nonequilibrium phase transitions. Her recent review article on Hydrodynamics of soft active matter published in Review of Modern Physics has been cited over 400 times showing the growing importance of active materials, where liquid crystalline order plays a significant role.