Featured Liquid Crystal Picture Art of the Month

November 2021

©Asmita Shah

Scanning electron micrograph of the radially growing schlieren textures of nematic liquid crystal on Si-wafer.

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This scanning electron micrographic image was recorded under the PHC STAR mobility program in which radial growth of schlieren texture of a nematic compound namely 1-(trans-4-Hexylcyclohexyl)-4-isothiocyanatobenzene is depicted. The micrograph looks like a double-membrane-bound organelle (Mitochondria-like structure).


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Asmita Shah is pursuing her Ph. D. at the Unité de Dynamique et Structure des Matériaux Moléculaires (UDSMM), Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale (ULCO), Calais, France, under the supervision of Prof. Redouane Douali, Prof. Abdelylah Daoudi and Dr. Dharmendra Pratap Singh. The principal objective of her thesis is to investigate the flexible organic electronic and photovoltaic applications of the discotic liquid crystals in their pristine form and also in the presence of different nanomaterials. She obtained her Integrated M. Tech. degree in 2017 from the Central University of Jharkhand and accomplished the Master's project on flexible Supercapacitors from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. In 2018, she has also worked as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) on Microfluidic devices at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali, India. More information about her research could be found at: Google Scholar and Research Gate.

Email: asmita.shah@etu.univ-littoral.fr

Jury comment

The picture represents mitochondrion-like structure of the Nematic droplet on Si-wafer.
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