Vladimira Novotna, featured ILCS liquid crystal artist, January 2023
The team in Prague is devoting the research of new type of materials, which are able to self-assemble into smart supramolecular structures with desirable functionality and physical properties. We are solving the fundamental problem related to correlations between the chemical structure of molecules, their self-assembling and photo-optical behaviour. We are preparing also hybrid systems of various types of nanoparticles with liquid crystalline compounds. We concentrated on development of a magneto-electric liquid in frame of EU project MAGNELIQ.
The material presented in the figure is a new alkyl-cyanobiphenyl ligand prepared by the group of Michal Kohout from University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. This texture corresponds to a phase transition from the isotropic to the nematic phase. This compound creates the novel and attractive twist-bend nematic phase during further cooling process. For more information, please contact Vladimira Novotna.
Contact e-mail: novotna(at)fzu.cz
Personal homepage: https://www.fzu.cz/en/people/rndr-vladimira-novotna-csc
Orcid ID: 0000-0001-9960-4426
Jury comment: The photo has been chosen for its aesthetic beauty, definition of the texture and for being representative of a complex liquid crystal system.