Organizing Committee

Liquid crystals (LCs) are classic examples of partially ordered materials that combine the fluidity of liquids with the long-range order of solids, and have great potential to enable new materials and technological devices. A variety of LC phases exist, e.g. nematics, smectics, cholesterics, with a rich range of behavior when subjected to external fields, curved boundaries, mechanical strain, etc. Recently, new systems came into focus, such as bent-core LC phases, twist-bend-modulated nematics, chromonics and polymer-stabilized blue phases, with more to be discovered.

Best known for applications in displays, LCs have recently been proposed for new applications in biology, nanoscience and beyond, such as biosensors, actuators, drug delivery, and bacterial control (related to active matter). Indeed, it is believed that the LC nature of DNA once enabled the mother of all applications, namely life itself. New numerical methods and scientific computation is needed to guide new theory and models for these systems that capture the interplay of symmetry, geometry, temperature and confinement in spatio-temporal pattern formation for LCs and extended LC-like systems.

This workshop provides an interdisciplinary platform for computational and experimental research in extended LC-like systems, and how these approaches can yield new theoretical insight for novel LC systems.

Image: Cholesteric LC shells with a thin top let light through from above, resulting in multiple internal selective reflection events. The shells act as a selective optical echo chamber. Picture credit: Dr. Yong Geng.

Image for "Numerical Methods and New Perspectives for Extended Liquid Crystalline Systems"

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • James Adler
    Tufts University
  • roberta almeida
    University thecnolgy of Paraná
  • Anca Andrei
    Tufts University
  • Timothy Atherton
    Tufts University
  • Konark Bisht
    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Maria-Carme Calderer
    University of Minnesota
  • Douglas Cleaver
    Sheffield Hallam University
  • James Dalby
    University of Strathclyde
  • Michael Dimitriyev
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Fai
    Brandeis University
  • Lidong Fang
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Patrick Farrell
    University of Oxford
  • Zhiyuan Geng
    Courant Institute of Mathematical Scieneces
  • Helen Gleeson
    University of Leeds
  • Joseph Harris
    University of Strathclyde
  • Kirsten Harth
    Otto von Guericke University
  • Alfa Heryudono
    University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Andrew Hicks
    Louisiana State University
  • Jan Lagerwall
    University of Luxembourg
  • Dmitriy Leykekhman
    University of Connecticut
  • Jichun Li
    University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Yuan Liu
    Wichita State University
  • Scott MacLachlan
    Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Ruma Maity
    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Apala Majumdar
    University of Bath/University of Strathclyde
  • Sabetta Matsumoto
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lidia Mrad
    Mount Holyoke College
  • Ricardo Nochetto
    University of Maryland
  • Peter Palffy-Muhoray
    Kent University
  • Sourav Patranabish
    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
  • Tom Powers
    Brown University
  • Denisse Reyes Arango
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Michele Ruggeri
    TU Wien
  • Giusy Scalia
    Université du Luxembourg
  • Francesca Serra
    John Hopkins University
  • Jie Shen
    Purdue University
  • Epifanio Virga
    Università di Pavia
  • Shawn Walker
    Louisiana State University
    Michigan State University
  • Qi Wang
    University of South Carolina
  • Yiwei Wang
    Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Jingmin Xia
    University of Oxford
  • Yue Yu
    Lehigh University
  • Ziyao Yu
    Purdue University
  • Jia Zhao
    Utah State University

Workshop Schedule

Monday, December 9, 2019
8:30 - 8:55Registration - ICERM 121 South Main Street, Providence RI 0290311th Floor Collaborative Space 
8:55 - 9:00Welcome - ICERM Director11th Floor Lecture Hall 
9:00 - 9:45Exotic Defects in Confined Nematic Systems - Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Convergent finite element methods in micromagnetics - Michele Ruggeri, TU Wien11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:30 - 3:15Energy-Minimization, Finite Elements, and Multilevel Methods for Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals - James Adler, Tufts University11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborate Space 
4:00 - 4:45Patterns of umbilical defects in liquid crystals guided by topography - Francesca Serra, John Hopkins University11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 6:30Welcome Reception11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
9:00 - 9:45Three-dimensional solitons in nematic liquid crystals - Maria-Carme Calderer, University of Minnesota11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Computing multiple solutions of partial differential equations - Patrick Farrell, University of Oxford11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Liquid crystals with carbon nanotubes and graphene- phase transition behaviour and influencing factors - Giusy Scalia, Université du Luxembourg11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:00Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:00 - 2:45Structure preserving schemes for complex nonlinear systems - Jie Shen, Purdue University11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:00 - 4:30Poster Session & Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborate Space 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
9:00 - 9:45A blend of stretching and bending in liquid crystal networks - Epifanio Virga, University of Pavia11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Toroidal self-assembly in columnar chromonic liquid crystals - Lidia Mrad, Mount Holyoke College11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Numerical Study for Defects in Nematic Liquid Crystals- A Discrete Energetic Variational Approach - Yiwei Wang, Illinois Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 12:40Workshop Group Photo  
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:30 - 3:15TBD - Sabetta Matsumoto, Georgia Institute of Technology11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborate Space 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
9:00 - 9:45Collective Patterns in Active Liquid Crystal Systems - Qi Wang, University of South Carolina11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15Shape Evolution Problems in Liquid Crystals - Timothy Atherton, Tufts University11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Understanding the auxetic response in liquid crystal elastomers. - Helen Gleeson, University of Leeds11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
2:30 - 3:15A structure-preserving finite element method for uniaxial nematic liquid crystals - Ricardo Nochetto, University of Maryland11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborate Space 
4:00 - 4:45Mechanics of Colloidal Membranes - Thomas Powers, Brown University11th Floor Lecture Hall
Friday, December 13, 2019
9:00 - 9:45The role of free volume in liquid crystal systems - Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State Univesity11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:00 - 10:30Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
10:30 - 11:15From viscous to elastic sheets- Dynamics of thin free-standing smectic films - Kirsten Harth, Otto von Guericke University11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:30 - 12:15Energy Stable Numerical Approximations for Hydrodynamic Liquid-Crystal Models - Jia Zhao, Utah State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:30 - 2:30Break for Lunch / Free Time  
3:30 - 4:00Coffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborate Space 

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Lecture Videos

A Tale of Two Chiralities

Sabetta Matsumoto
Georgia Institute of Technology
December 11, 2019

Exotic Defects in Confined Nematic Systems

Apala Majumdar
University of Bath/University of Strathclyde
December 9, 2019