Welcome to the 45th German Liquid Crystal Conference in Luxembourg (Arbeitstagung Flüssigkristalle der DFKG), a two-day conference on the physics, chemistry, applications or any other aspects of liquid crystals, to be held at the University of Luxembourg, March 21-23, 2018. While organized within the framework of the German Liquid Crystal Society, the conference is open to participants from all countries. Because the conference is organized in Luxembourg this year, we reach out particularly to groups in Belgium (B) and the Netherlands (NL), which currently have no national liquid crystal conference, as well as to France (F; with no intention to compete with the French liquid crystal/soft matter meeting).

This year we precede the conference with a short focus session on Liquid Crystal Elastomer Research in Europe, in the morning of Wednesday 21.03.2018, 8:45-13:00. We have the following confirmed invited speakers for this session
  • Nathalie Katsonis, University of Twente, Netherlands
    Muscle-like adaptability from liquid crystal networks
  • Rudolf Zentel, Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
    Actuating liquid crystalline particles
  • Dirk Broer, Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Oscillatory Dynamics in Liquid Crystal Network Films and Coatings
  • Verena Görtz, University of Lancaster, UK
  • Structure, function, and responsiveness in liquid-crystalline elastomer particles
  • Arri Priimägi, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

For the main conference we have the following confirmed invited speakers:
  • Tanya Ostapenko, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization, Göttingen, Germany
  • Linda Hirst, University of California, Merced, USA
  • Paul van der Schoot, Utrecht University, Netherlands
    Line Tension of Carbon Nanotube-Based Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Microdroplets on Solid Surfaces
  • Kristian Neyts, University of Gent, Belgium:
    Complex periodic liquid crystal structures by holographic photoalignment
  • Yann Molard, University of Rennes, France
    Using soft interactions to design luminescent soft hybrid nanomaterials

We aim at 19 slots for contributed talks and a poster session on Monday evening enhanced with a wine and beer reception (posters will be up all the conference).

Because of the international scope, the conference language is English, although student presentations in German are accepted (but discouraged).

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The German Liquid Crystal Conference 2018 is hosted by the University of Luxembourg, Physics and Materials Science Research Unit.