Conference Programme

Monday 26th March

12.30 – 13.45 Registration and lunch
13.50 – 14.00 Opening words: Andrew Masters, The University of Manchester
14.00 – 14.50 Mark Wilson, University of Durham
Twisted but never bitter: Spontaneous formation of chiral structures from achiral liquid-crystalline molecules
14.50 – 15.10 Thomas Potter, University of Durham
Development of coarse-grained models for the simulation of non-ionic chromonic liquid crystals
15.10 – 15.30 Christopher Lakey, University of Warwick
Modelling columnar inclusions of stacked rafts in lamellar bodies
15.30 – 15.50 Alessandro Patti, The University of Manchester
Phase behaviour of colloidal liquid crystals of hard cuboids
15.50 – 16.20 Refreshments
16.20 – 16.50 Young Researcher Lecture: Daniel Corbett, The University of Manchester
Manipulating Nematic Elastomers with Light
16.50 – 17.10 Dwaipayan Chakrabarti, University of Birmingham
Programming colloidal self-assembly for structural hierarchy
17.10 – 17.30 Mark Sims, University of Northumbria
Shape segregation in molecular organisation: MD simulations and X-ray scattering
17.30 – 17.50 Kostas Daoulas, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
Studying sanidic lamellar-like mesophases in conjugated polymers using a new symmetry-inspired model

17.50 – 19.30


Posters and drinks reception


Tuesday 27th March

09.00 – 09.20

Josh Walton, University of Strathclyde
Nematic liquid crystal director structures in rectangular regions

09.20 – 09.40

Timothy Atherton, Tufts University
Deformation and chaining of flexible shells in a nematic solvent

09.40 – 10.00

Charles Wand, The University of Manchester
Chiral nematic liquid crystals in torus-shaped and cylindrical cavities

10.00 – 10.20

Luuk Metselaar, University of Oxford
Two-dimensional blue phases and controllable cholesteric membrane shapes

10.20 – 10.40

Akhshay Bhadwal, University of Nottingham Trent
The role of elasticity in nematic Poiseuille flow under electric fields
10.40 – 11.10 Refreshments
11.10 – 11.30 James Taylor, University of Lancaster
Liquid crystal elastomer particles: Actuation from confinement
11.30 – 11.50 Ingo Dierking, The University of Manchester
Liquid crystal-ferrofluid dispersions as microscopic viscosity probes
11.50 – 12.10 Alfonso Martinez-Felipe, University of Aberdeen
Side-chain liquid crystal polymers containing acid groups as ionic conductors for low temperature fuel cells
12.10 – 12.30 Huanan Yu, University of Hull
The synthesis and investigation of macro-chiral liquid crystal nanoparticles
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 13.50 Richard Mandle, University of York
Enhanced smectic a stability in rod-like materials by incorporating cyclic end groups
13.50 – 14.10 Sophie Jones, University of Leeds
Examining the effect of anchoring strength on bistability in liquid crystal displays
14.10 – 14.30 Peter Wyatt, University of Leeds
Grating aligned ferroelectric liquid crystals for use in fast switching devices
14.30 – 14.50 Giampaolo D’Alessandro, University of Southampton
Optical multi-parameter analyser for liquid crystal materials and composites
14.50 – 15.20 Refreshments
15.20 – 15.40 Jordan Gill, University of Southampton
PAAD films for reversible photo-aligned liquid crystal devices
15.40 – 16.00 Rowan Morris, University of Leeds
Self-assembly of phase amplitude gratings in liquid crystal devices through electro-convection

16.00 – 16.20

Xiangbing Zeng, University of Sheffield
Solution of the puzzle of smectic-Q: The phase structure and the origin of spontaneous chirality
16.20 – 17.00 BLCS AGM
17.00 – 18.00 BLCS Committee Meeting

17.00 – 19.30


Posters and drinks reception


Wednesday 28th March

09.00 – 09.50

Sturgeon Lecture: Owen Lozman, Merck
Stay curious: A story of curiosity and serendipity on the 50th anniversary of liquid crystal research in Merck

09.50 – 10.10

Rebecca Walker, University of Aberdeen
Chirality and the twist-bend nematic phase

10.10 – 10.30

Matthew Abdy, University of Aberdeen
Hydrogen-bonded liquid crystal tetramers and the twist-bend nematic phase

10.30 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.20

Antal Jakli, Kent State University
Effect of molecular chirality on the nanostructure of a twist-bend nematic phase

11.20 – 11.40

Shajeth Srigengan, University of Leeds
Novel phase behaviour in bent-core nematic liquid crystal mixtures

11.40 – 12.00

Warren Stevenson, University of Sheffield
The twist bend nematic phase in biphenyl-ethane based copolyethers

12.00 – 12.40 John Lydon, University of Leeds
The ox-phos wars - and the properties of the inner mitochondrial membrane
12.40 – 12.55 Closing words
12.55 Lunch

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