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X-ray liquid crystallography: deducing structures in liquid crystals

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18:30 – 19:30 7 Oct 2014
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Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, L69 3DR

Speakers: Professor Helen Gleeson, University of Manchester

Liquid crystals are fascinating materials, best known for their use in liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Liquid crystals are perhaps best thought of as functional, ordered fluids, and subtle variations in order allow them to exhibit ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity, the only fluid systems that do so. This talk describes some of the remarkable properties of liquid crystals and, in the International Year of Crystallography, explains some ways in which X-ray scattering has revealed details of their order, leading to a much better understanding of how subtle differences in order on the nanometre scale can result in huge differences in bulk physical properties.

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Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Merseyside branch
Contact details: louise.butcher@iop.org

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