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

March 24, 2021
Simulated disclinations in a square capillary

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.