Special Issue "Structural, Optical and Hydrodynamic Properties of Liquid Crystals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 5882
Interests: liquid crystals; nanofluidics; optics of liquid crystals; hydrodynamics of liquid crystals; free-standing smectic films
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Liquid crystal (LC) materials are called curious, soft matter, but their influence on modern technologies is very impressive. The manipulation of tiny amounts of molecular liquids, such as LCs, has become a paradigm in various fields of applied chemistry, physics and biotechnology. The further development of LC applications requires the complex study of natural anisotropic soft materials through multicoupling interactions of internal fields initiated by external forces. Consisting of anisotropic molecules, LC materials interact with external fields and confined surfaces, which strongly influence their structure, optical and hydrodynamic properties. The problem of the externally driven manipulation of LC materials, especially by an externally applied electric field, has led to the development of an increasing number of integrated, small-scale microdevices used in displays, as well as LC sensors (LCSs) and LC actuators (LCAs). These LC materials have initiated a technological revolution in the display field. Widely used flat-panel twisted nematic (TN) displays consist of an LC film sandwiched between two plastic surfaces on a micrometer scale, through which voltage can be applied independently to each pixel of the liquid crystal display (LCD). This applied electric field can change the molecular configuration of the LC layer and thus change the optical characteristics of the LCD display. The advantages of TN include its low voltage requirements and ability to operate over a large wavelength range. With the development of the LC display market, a question concerning the further prospective applications of LC materials is raised. Perhaps there is no direction for LC materials more suitable than their application in LCSs and LCAs. They have various advantages compared other types of microsensors and microactuators, including their simple structure, high shape adaptability, easy downsizing and low driving voltages, due to their extreme sensitivity to external disturbances, and they can thus be used in the construction of stimuli-responsive devices.
We are inviting researchers to submit articles that discuss the structural, optical and hydrodynamic properties of liquid crystal compounds, as well as the applications of these compounds, from theoretical calculations to the study of materials and experimental viewing.
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Zakharov
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- liquid crystals
- viscoelastic properties of liquid crystals
- optics of liquid crystals