Nazma Begum, featured ILCC liquid crystal artist, December 2018

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Nazma Begum obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Assam University, Silchar, India under the guidance of Professor Nandiraju VS Rao. Currently she is working as Women Scientist-A (WOS-A) awarded by Department of Science and Technology, India in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali with Dr. Santanu Kumar Pal.
Her current research objective is related to the light induced photoresponsive azo based bent-core liquid crystals and their different nematic phases.

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The microphotographs of four-ring hockey-stick shaped molecule is taken under a Nikon Polarising Optical Microscope (Nikon optiphot-2-pol) equipped with Instec STC 200 hot stage and Nikon Digital sight DS-Fi1 digital camera. This texture is obtained at 139 ºC using 20x objective indicates nematic schlieren type texture.
Jury comment:
The image is attracting by its very dynamic composition and harmony of colours.