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21/03/2016 - BLCS / DFKG Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland

by Martin Urbanski
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First joint BLCS / DFKG meeting in Edinburgh.

For the first time this year, the Deutsche Flüssigkristall-Gesellschaft (DFKG) and its British pendant, the British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS), organized a joined meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. It became a great conference with many interesting talks and poster contributions, and as usual numerous fruitful discussions with other scientists from the field. I also recieved very positive feedback for my own oral presentation on "virtual microscopy", where I showed our recent advances in the TOSCO project. In summary, I think it was a great idea to hold a joint meeting, and I am looking already forward to the next joint conference in Würzburg 2017.

Many thanks the organizers of this great conference!

17/03/2016 - SPIE proceedings online

by Martin Urbanski

Good news: Our SPIE manuscript is online now! In collaboration with Giusy Scalia and Jan Lagerwall we studied the effect of carbon nanotubes on the physical properties on a LC host material. By dielectric spectroscopy and careful POM studies we revealed fascinating interactions which might be beneficial for future applications. If you are interested in more details, read the full story here!

30/09/2015 Cdot paper published

by Martin Urbanski

Liquid Crystal Paper ImageOur research paper on liquid crystalline carbon dot dispersions was published online in the journal "Liquid Crystals". The work entitled"Chemically and thermally stable, emissive carbon dots as viable alternatives to semiconductor quantum dots for emissive nematic liquid crystal-nanoparticle mixtures with lower threshold voltage" sheds light onto a new class of luminescent nanoparticles, which could replace widely used but toxic semiconductor particles. It therefore continues our previous studies on LC nanocomposites and is a big step towards wide applicability.

Thanks to Torsten Hegmann and all coauthors for this fruitful collaboration!

17/09/2015 Review on nanoparticle doping published

My review on nanoparticle doping has been published today in the fourth issue of "Liquid Crystals Today", the newsletter of the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS). After being awarded the ILCS Blenn-Brown Prize in 2014 I was invited to summarize my research on nanoparticle doping in a review article for the society newsletter. I am very happy that this paper is finally published, if you want to take a look you can find it here.

24/08/2015 - IMID2015 in Daegu, Korea

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The ECXO convention center in Daegu, Korea.

After a great week with fantastic impressions of Korea, many new experiences and a very saturated and fruitful conference I am now back from the International Meeting on Information Display 2015 in Daegu, Korea. During this conference I had the opportunity to attend many very interesting presentations on highly relevant devolpments in the field of LC and OLED displays. I am also satisfied with my own talk, the presentation went well and people were interested in my work. I am very grateful for the fruitful discussions on my work with renown experts from Samsung and LG.

Many thanks to the organizers of this meeting and to the Korean people for their hospitality!

30/06/2015 - IMID2015 confirmation

The preliminary program for the 15th International Meeting on Information Display was published. I have the great honor of giving an invited oral presentation in the LC Technology session during this conference. Hopefully I will have enough interesting results by then, only 8 weeks left!

05/06/2015 - Review article Proofs arrived

Good news from my Review article about nanoparticle doping in nematic liquid crystals: I just got notified that the article is now being processed and was asked to check the final proofs before publication! The review will be published in the 4th issue of Liquid Crystals Today, the peer-reviewed quarterly newsletter of the International Liquid Crystal Society. Although maybe not featuring the best bibliographic measures, this journal is closely connected to the scientific LC community, so I consider this a great opportunity to have my work acknowledged.

10/05/2015 - Cdot report

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Although not directly connected to the DISGONA project, I found time to finish the experimental report on the Cdot-Samples from Prof. Hegmann's lab at the Liquid Crystal Institute in Kent, Ohio. We had anticipated these experiments for very long, we discussed the details last year on the ILCC in Dublin already. Finally we got some very interesting results on these promising new type of nanoparticles, so maybe we can have a manuscript for publication soon! Thanks to Torsten for this great collaboration!