Materials & Nanoscience

Self-organization: Novel Mesogens and Applications (#447)

Self-organization has shaped todays and frontier soft matter science well beyond the traditional areas of application in liquid crystal and block-copolymer research. This symposium intents to bring together a diverse group of researchers from different disciplines in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science and industry that highlight new developments in the design and application of emerging liquid crystalline materials. Emphasized in the three sessions are recent advances in the design of self-organizing molecules, nanoparticles, and nanorods as well as their applications in organic electronics, optics, sensing, and displays. Many of these new developments are driven by commercial applications and contributions from industry or of industrial relevance are particularly welcome.
Session 1 focuses on the advances and limitations of self-organizing organic semiconductors. Our intention is to establish a joined forum with contributions from the liquid crystal and organic electronics communities since domain formation, microphase segregation, alignment and related processes are of mutual interest.
Session 2 focuses on the conversion of metal, metal oxide, and semiconductor nanoparticles and nanorods into self-organizing entities and their potential applications as functional dopants in liquid crystal devices, anisotropic emitting materials, and as sensors.
Session 3 covers the recent exciting developments in liquid crystal based meta materials as well as applications in photonic, optics, sensing, and photomobile materials. This session also includes new mesogens and devices for the next generation of liquid crystal displays and the development of conceptually new mesogenic materials and their unique properties such as polar alignment, domain formation, biaxial optics and supramolecular structure.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015