Fluid dynamics of liquid crystalline materials


This SIG will bring together UK researchers, with involvement from international collaborators, to research the present and future challenges in the theory of liquid crystals, with particular focus on the technologies in which fluid dynamic effects are either hindering future advances or are essential for novel liquid crystal devices.

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L = leader; C = co-leader; * = Other key personnel

[L]  Nigel Mottram (University of Strathclyde): nigel.mottram@strath.ac.uk
[C]  Carl Brown (Nottingham Trent University): carl.brown@ntu.ac.uk
[C]  Stephen Wilson (University of Strathclyde): s.k.wilson@strath.ac.uk
Gareth Alexander (University of Warwick)
John Ball (University of Oxford)
Michael Cates (University of Cambridge)
Buddhapriya Chakrabarti (University of Sheffield)
David Chillingworth (University of Southampton)
Doug Cleaver (Sheffield Hallam University)
Giampaolo D'Alessandro (University of Southampton)
Sally Day (University College London)
Anibal Fernandez (University College London)
Cliff Jones (University of Leeds)
Halim Kusumaatmaja (University of Durham)
Apala Majumdar (University of Bath)
Geoff McKay (University of Strathclyde)
Tim Sluckin (University of Southampton)
Andre Sonnet (University of Strathclyde)
Tim Spencer (Sheffield Hallam University)
Iain Stewart (University of Dundee)
Rachel Tuffin (Merck)
David Wilkes (Merck)
Mark Wilson (University of Durham)
Tiffany Wood (University of Edinburgh)
Julia Yeomans (University of Oxford)
Oliver Henrich (University of Strathclyde)

Leeds Lyotropic Liquid Crystals (L3C) Symposium

We are delighted to announce that the British Liquid Crystal Society's 2019 annual conference will include the Leeds Lyotropic Liquid Crystals (L3C) Symposium.

The Symposium will consist of a series of talks given by the leading researchers in the field of lyotropic liquid crystals and provide you with plenty of opportunities for further discussions and networking. Here, you will learn about the theories associated with the fundamentals of self-assembling supramolecular lyotropic structures and their significance in the current research topics across a wide range of disciplines in academia and in industry. Following this, both novel and well-established characterisation techniques aimed at understanding the complex structures of lyotropic liquid crystals will be discussed, as well as the mathematical modelling of lyotropics.

The Symposium will take place on 15th April 2019 at the Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre (G.02) in the Business School at The University of Leeds. Please visit www.blcs2019.org/l3c for more details.

UK Fluids Network - ECMI Workshop : Nematics at the Meeting Point of Solid Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics: New Perspectives and Challenges

Venue: University of Bath, United Kingdom

Dates: 28th and 29th June 2018

Organizer: Dr Apala Majumdar (University of Bath)

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming research workshop on "Nematics at the Meeting Point of Solid Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics: New Perspectives and Challenges" at the University of Bath on the 28th and 29th June 2018. This meetings is funded by the EPSRC UK Fluids Network and is being organized under the auspices of the UK Fluids Special Interest Group on "Fluid dynamics of liquid crystalline materials" (https://fluids.ac.uk/sig/LiquidCrystals). The meeting brings together researchers working in nematic liquid crystals, their static and dynamic theories, optical modelling, numerical simulations and analogies between nematic theories and solid mechanics. This meeting will serve as a common platform to discuss recent exciting developments in nematic solitons, nematic microfluidics, the rich applications of nematics in confinement and nematics under flow along with powerful new computational techniques to explore the solution landscapes.

The seven confirmed speakers and their titles are given below.

[1] Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham, UK)

Tentative title: Applications of energy landscape methods to problems in elasticity and liquid crystals.

[2] Noel Smyth (Edinburgh, UK)

Title: The nonlinear optics of nematic liquid crystals:  solitary waves and undular bores

[3] Oliver Henrich (Strathclyde, UK)

Title: Mesoscopic Simulation of Flowing Topological Composite Materials

[4] Duvan Henao (PUC, Chile)

Title: Meeting points of cavitation and nematics

[5] Nigel Mottram (Strathclyde, UK)

Title: Trapped! - anisotropic fluids in confined geometries

[6] Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford, UK)

Title:  Mathematical modelling for liquid crystal microfluidics

[7] Lei Zhang (Peking University, China)

Title: Numerical Methods of Finding Transition States and its Applications in Materials

This meeting is also partly supported by a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship awarded to Apala Majumdar (University of Bath) and Lei Zhang (Peking University). The meeting is open to everybody and please send an expression of interest to Dr Apala Majumdar (a.majumdar@bath.ac.uk) if you are interested in attending. There is no registration fees and lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants on both days. We look forward to welcoming you at Bath!

Geometric and Topological Methods in Liquid Crystals

A one-day meeting exploring the interactions between geometry, topology and the physics of liquid crystals and related materials.

Venue: De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS

Date: Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Speakers: Gareth Alexander (U Warwick), Simon ńĆopar (U Ljubljana), Ray Goldstein (U Cambridge), Gregory Grason (U Mass, Amherst), Randall Kamien (U Penn, Philadelphia), Maurice Kléman (IPGP, Paris), and Ivan Smalyukh (U Colorado, Boulder).

Registration: A registration fee of GBP 20 (waived for speakers) will cover facilities, coffees, teas and buffet lunch. A webpage for registration (which is now open) and further information is now available here.

Posters etc.: There will an opportunity for participants to display a poster and/or gave a 5-minute presentation.

Accommodation: A range of convenient hotels is situated in or near Russell Square and close to De Morgan House: see www.imperialhotels.co.uk.

Location: De Morgan House is the HQ of the London Mathematical Society, although this meeting is not an LMS event. For information about De Morgan House, its location and transport links see www.demorganhouse.org.uk.

Support: The meeting is a Special Interest Group event supported by the EPSRC-funded UK Fluids Network https://fluids.ac.uk/sig/LiquidCrystals.

Looking forward to seeing you at DMH!

Scientific Committee: Gareth Alexander, Randy Kamien, Nigel Mottram

Organiser: David Chillingworth

Enquiries: drjc@soton.ac.uk

First Announcement of SIG Meetings Scheduled for 2018

Following a successful launch meeting at the University of Strathclyde on 12th June 2017, we have three meetings scheduled for 2018 as follows:

Title: Geometric and Topological Methods in Liquid Crystals
Date: 3rd April 2018
Venue: De Morgan House, London

Title: Nematics at the Meeting Point of Solid Mechanics and Hydrodynamics - New Perspectives and Challenges
Dates: 29th and 30th June 2018
Venue: Oxford

Title: 50 Years of the Ericksen-Leslie Equations
Dates: 6th and 7th September 2018
Venue: Glasgow

Put these dates in your diary now and look out for further announcements in due course.

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