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Drops of liquid crystal molecules branch out into strange structures

December 19, 2019

While many scientific achievements come from long years of careful planning, once in a while researchers stumble onto…
Liquid crystal polymer learns to move and grab objects

December 5, 2019

Researchers trained material the same way as Pavlov trained dogs. A specially conditioned liquid crystal polymer could be…
Digging deeper into liquid crystals

September 27, 2019

Charles Rosenblatt’s quest to understand more fully the properties and possibilities of soft condensed materials such as liquid…
Neutrons—Lighting up liquid crystals

September 6, 2019

Researchers used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to probe the structure of a…
Liquid crystals sandwiched between two1-inch squares of glass scatter green and blue light on a wall when the cells are triggered by laser illumination (right panels). Image credit: Daniel Maurer
Liquid crystals could help deflect laser pointer attacks on aircraft

April 5, 2019

Aiming a laser beam at an aircraft isn’t a harmless prank: The sudden flash of bright light can…
The sample of CLCs changes its state in a second but can last for hours. Image credit: Aida Group
Light up logic

January 18, 2019

For the first time, researchers performed logic operations — the basis of computation — with a chemical device…
Liquid crystals and the origin of life

October 8, 2018

The display screens of modern televisions, cell phones and computer monitors rely on liquid crystals – materials that…
Research reveals how order first appears in liquid crystals

May 23, 2018

Liquid crystals undergo a peculiar type of phase change. At a certain temperature, their cigar-shaped molecules go from…
Researchers Demonstrate How to Control Liquid Crystal Patterns

November 3, 2017

When Lisa Tran set out to investigate patterns in liquid crystals, she didn’t know what to expect. When she first…
With New Technique, Researchers Can Replace $200,000 Magnet With One From a Hobby Shop

October 31, 2017

Yale researchers have discovered a technique for modifying self-assembled polymers that allows their structure to be controlled precisely…
Physicists Discover Why Drying Liquid Crystal Drops Leave Unusual ‘Coffee Rings’

May 30, 2017

In previous papers, University of Pennsylvania physicists investigated the “coffee ring effect,” the ring-shaped stain of particles left…
Surface roughness accelerates liquid-liquid transition

March 29, 2017

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that transition between two liquid states, characterized by different local…
Surprising twist in confined liquid crystals: A simple route to developing new sensors

March 27, 2017

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found a material used for decades to color food items ranging…
Glowing Crystals Can Detect, Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

November 30, 2016

Tiny, glowing crystals designed to detect and capture heavy-metal toxins such as lead and mercury could prove to…
Squished cells could shape design of synthetic materials

May 4, 2016

Life is flexible. All living cells are basically squishy balloons full of water, proteins and DNA, surrounded by…
What Screens are Made of: New Twists (and Bends) in LCD Research

April 19, 2016

Liquid crystals, discovered more than 125 years ago, are at work behind the screens of TV and computer…
‘Disruptive Device’ Brings Xenon-NMR to Fragile Materials

March 21, 2016

Here’s a new technology that’s potentially disruptive precisely because it’s non-disruptive: Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence…
Newly developed liquid crystal elastomer material could enable advanced sensors

December 29, 2015

Liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs), essentially rubbers with liquid crystal properties, can do a number of fascinating things, especially…
Designer crystals for next-gen electronics

December 15, 2015

Liquid is often seen as the kryptonite of electronics, known for damaging and corroding components. That’s why a…
Liquid crystals show potential for detection of neuro-degenerative disease

October 6, 2015

Liquid crystals are familiar to most of us as the somewhat humdrum stuff used to make computer displays…
Channels in liquid crystals can help create innovative nanomaterials

September 28, 2015

Liquid crystals are very widely used these days. It is actually a great chance that this article currently…
Designed defects in liquid crystals can guide construction of nanomaterials

September 25, 2015

Imperfections running through liquid crystals can be used as miniscule tubing, channeling molecules into specific positions to form…
Researchers Develop Liquid-crystal-based Compound Lenses That Work Like Insect Eyes

May 14, 2015

The compound eyes found in insects and some sea creatures are marvels of evolution. There, thousands of lenses…
Liquid crystal bubbles experiment arrives at International Space Station

April 20, 2015

An experiment led by the University of Colorado Boulder arrived at the International Space Station and will look…
Team Discovers New Liquid Crystal Configurations

April 1, 2015

Oil-based liquid crystals are ubiquitous; a deep understanding of their properties is behind the displays found in most…
Liquid crystal as lubricant

May 21, 2014

Thanks to a new lubricant, small gears can run with virtually no friction. Made from liquid crystalline fluid,…
Liquid Crystal Turns Water Droplets Into ‘Gemstones’

January 21, 2014

Liquid crystals are remarkable materials that combine the optical properties of crystalline solids with the flow properties of…
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