ILCS art contest jury of 2020

The International Liquid Crystal Society is pleased to announce that Professor Georg Mehl from the University of Hull, UK, will be a juror in 2020 of the ILCS art contest.

Georg Mehl obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Currently he is Professor for Organic and Materials Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, UK. His work focuses currently on the design and investigation of novel functional molecular and supra-molecular systems and nanoparticle-liquid crystal composites.

Jurors in previous years.

Nomination for 2020 ILCS Honors and Awards

Dear ILCS Members:

The ILCS has several different honors and awards for scientists and engineers at different career stages. These include:
1) The Glenn H. Brown Prizes for the best Ph.D. theses (four are usually awarded every two years);
2) The Michi Nakata Award for early career (postdoctoral) achievement;
3) The Samsung and LG Philips Display Mid-Career Awards (two separate awards);
4) The Pierre Gilles de Gennes Prize; and
5) Election as Honored Member.

The ILCS Awards are given biennially (once every two years) at the International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC). General rules governing the process for solicitation of nominations and selection of the winners can be found in the ILCS Bylaws. Nominations will be accepted from December 1, 2019 through February 15, 2020.  Detailed descriptions about the awards, eligibility and nomination guides are found here including the list of past recipients.

Nomination for the ILCS awards will be accepted online ONLY at:

The last not the least caveat is that the eligibility for nomination is not limited to the members of ILCS.  I would like to encourage all of you to widely distribute this announcement to anybody who might have potential interest in the awards.

We look forward to having strong candidates.

The nomination period is from Dec 1, 2019 to Feb 15, 2020.

Dear ILCS member, if you wish to receive emails send by the society, for example about nominations, elections, calls etc., please see that you have included an up to date and working email address in your profile.


Sin-Doo Lee
Chair, ILCS Honors and Awards Committee

Seoul National University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Seoul, Korea

December 2019 liquid crystal picture

A fantastic image of  Cholesteric liquid crystal shell, by Buchaiah Gollapelli, has been selected as the December 2019 ILCS liquid crystal picture. This picture artistically represents the beauty of the structure of a cholesteric liquid crystal shell with planar boundary conditions.

47th German Liquid Crystal Conference

We are happy to announce the 47th German Liquid Crystal Conference, which will be organised in 2020 together with the Polish Liquid Crystal Society as a German-Polish Liquid Crystal Conference.The conference will take place in Magdeburg, at the Festung Mark from Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27, 2020. This conference continues the tradition of bringing together researchers from various fields of liquid crystal soft matter and beyond. The German Topical Meeting on Liquid Crystals has long become an international-scale workshop promoting an exchange of views among scientists working with Soft Matter and, in particular, liquid crystals. It became a tradition to organise the German LC Conference in collaboration with Liquid Crystal societies of other countries. This time, we are bringing together the most advanced researchers from Poland and Germany in a joint effort. The activities at the meeting will consist of a few invited lectures from distinguished international scientists, and oral presentation and posters mainly from young researchers. Diverse topics cover a wide range of chemistry, physics, and application technologies of thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals, including relevant areas such as - Soft Matter Physics and Material Science - Synthesis and Characterisation of New Liquid Crystal Compounds - Adaptive Optics and Photonics - Colloid chemistry and physics - Nanoscience - Thin Fluid Films - Active liquid crystals - Biological and medical applications On behalf of the organisers, we ask you to mark this date in your schedule for 2020. We will invite you to submit contributions and to register for the meeting shortly. The deadline for abstract submission is January 6, 2020. Detailed information will be announced soon. Alexey Eremin and Ralf Stannarius PaweĊ‚ Perkowski and Mateusz Mrukiewicz

Postdoctoral Position at Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, France.

Postdoctoral Position at Unité de Dynamique et Structure des Matériaux Moléculaires (UDSMM), Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, Dunkerque, France.

UDSMM invites application for a postdoctoral position in SMAEO group under the supervision of Prof. Abdelylah DAOUDI. This position is generally for one year starting from 01/01/2020.
Topic of project: Photo-alignment of anisotropic quantum materials by ink-jet printing and fabrication of organic electronic devices on different substrates using mesogenic materials.
To execute this project, candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics/Electronic engineering/chemical engineering with hands on expertise in photo-alignment of quantum materials, fabrication of organic molecules on different substrates and knowledge of electronic devices. In addition, technical skill of Matlab and Labview is essential. Experience of working with liquid crystalline material will be preferred.

Contact Person:
Please send your CV, motivation letter and Ph.D. degree latest by 05/10/2019 to the following person-
Prof. Abdelylah DAOUDI [Email: Email:]
Dr. Dharmendra Pratap SINGH [Email:]

September 2019 liquid crystal picture

The image of  the compound cholesteryl perlagonate has been selected as the September 2019 ILCS liquid crystal picture. This picture represents a nice example of color and texture change during transformation from the  SmA* to the TGBA* phase. It will now be featured on the home page of the ILCS website until the end of September 2019.

The new issue of Liquid Crystals Today has now been publish online

The new issue of Liquid Crystals Today has now been published online and is ready to view. Happy reading!

Liquid Crystal Today Editor
Ingo Dierking

International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference

International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference

15-18 September 2019, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference (ILCEC) will be held from September 15 – 18, 2019, at NATLAB in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The ILCEC 2019 will bring together chemists, physicists, and engineers to share both fundamental advances and discuss application opportunities for this exciting class of materials.

ILCEC 2019 is organized in a building with history, the Philips NATLAB. It is the original building of Philips Research Laboratories founded in 1914 by Gilles Holst, the world-renowned inventor of the low-pressure sodium lamp. The building was also the home of many other Philips Inventions such as the compact disc, the magnetic cassette tape and the IC LOCOS technology and was visited by many famous scientists including Albert Einstein in 1923. Also, at Philips Research, the liquid crystal network technology was developed in 1985. Initially to function as low thermal expansion coating for optical telecommunication fibers. Later very successfully for optical film improving liquid crystal displays on their viewing performance.

We hope you will consider joining us in Eindhoven!


July 2019 liquid crystal picture

Picture of July 2019: Banana Leaf, by Golam Mohiuddin.


17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended

17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal ConferenceEarly Bird Registration Deadline Extended

Dear Colleagues:

The Early Bird registration deadline for the 17th International Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Conference, FLC 2019: Frontiers of Chirality and Polarity in Soft Matter, which will take place Sunday – Wednesday, August 4 – 7, 2019, on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder has been extended to next Monday:

Monday, 10 June: new deadline for Early Bird Registration

FLC 2019 will feature presentations in all areas involving chirality and polarity in soft matter. All scientists interested in organic or inorganic nanomaterials chemistry and physics are cordially invited to submit abstracts for either oral or poster presentation.

* There are still several openings for Oral presentations. *

Information regarding abstract submission, invited and plenary speakers, accommodation, travel, and registration is available on the Conference website:

With best regards,
Joe Maclennan
for the Organizing Committee