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Simulated disclinations in a square capillary

Paper with Serra Lab (JHU) on LC phase transitions accepted in Soft Matter

March 24, 2021

The forthcoming publication combines experiment, simulation, and theory to reveal, counterintuitively, that the smectic liquid crystal phase— which expels twist distortions—could be a key to unlocking spontaneously twisted self-assembly in the nematic phase of liquid crystals.

 

Christina Valletta

Christina Valletta wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

March 24, 2021
Undergraduate student researcher Christina Valletta has been awarded the NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship! This highly competitive  program funds exceptionally promising students (nationwide and in all sciences) for three years of Ph.D. research. Earning the award while still an undergraduate is especially prestigious. Congratulations, Christina! 
Defect loop in 3D active nematic

D.B. receives NSF CAREER Award

February 24, 2021

The Beller Group has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the dynamics of active matter – matter that continually rearranges itself by consuming energy and producing internal forces. The project, titled "Geometries of Topological Defects in 3D Nematics, from Equilibrium Structure to Active Dynamics", will apply the physics of liquid crystals to understand order and disorder phenomena common to a wide range of soft matter and biophysical systems, including bacterial colonies and some eukaryotic cellular tissues. The Beller Group will collaborate...

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