De Gennes Prizes
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
For his outstanding contributions to liquid crystal science and technology, the discovery of the antiferroelectricity in liquid crystals and the polar phases formed by achiral bent-core mesogens, both opened completely new directions in liquid crystal research and inspired numerous scientists from physics, chemistry, and engineering, from theory, experiment, and applications. His scientific achievement and continued leadership have made significant contributions to the advancement of the liquid crystal community over the world.
University of York, UK
For his pioneer research in organic synthesis of mesogens, contribution to technological applications of liquid crystals, and extraordinary scientific leadership in liquid crystal societies for over the past thirty years. His discovery of new states of matters allowed the unification of the physics of phase transitions in liquid crystals with those of superconductors. Other outstanding achievements in the self-assembly and self-organization processes of complex fluids are truly multidisciplinary in nature and contribute to both pure and applied science over the world.
University of Colorado, USA
Received the 2016 De Gennes Prize for his many seminal contributions and continued leadership in liquid crystal science and technology for over four decades.His scientific interest and achievements embrace all imaginable subfields of liquid crystals from basic to applied and from physics to biology. His seminal contributions in ferroelectric liquid crystals, free standing films, bent-core systems, lyotropic lamellar phases and DNA-based liquid crystals are just a few of his research record that arguably inspired innumerable research scientists and engineers all over the world.
University of Ljubljana
In recognition of his creative explorations and breakthrough contributions to the understanding of soft matter, in particular, liquid crystals, liquid crystal-colloidal and liquid crystal-polymer hybrid systems.