Dec 4, 2017
(Day 1)
Dec 5, 2017 Tuesday
(Day 2)
Dec 6, 2017 Wednesday
(Day 3)
Dec 7, 2017
(Day 4)
AM Session AM Session AM Session Post Conference Event (Boat Trip with lunch adn refreshment)
PM Session PM Session  


December 4, 2017 Monday (Day 1)


Lecture Theatre

07:30 - 08:30 am


Session 1: Ferroelectric Materials

Chair: Hoi Sing Kwok

08:30 - 08:45 am


8:45 - 9:25 am

Plenary Talk:
Structure and Fluctuations of the Twist-Bend Phase
Prof. Noel A. Clark, University of Colorado, USA

  Invited Talks
9:25 - 9:55 am De Vries chiral smectics
Prof Jagdish Vij, Trinity College, Dublin

9:55 - 10:25 am

Highly tilted ferroelectic and antiferroelectric materials - molecular design and synthesis
Prof. Kula Przemysław, Warsaw Academy of Science, Poland

10:25 - 10:55 am Ferroelectric liquid crystals: The influence of central aromatic units on mesomorphic properties
Prof. Michal Kohout, 
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
10:55 - 11:20 am Coffee Break

Session 2:  New Polar and Chiral Mesophases

Chair: David Walba
11:20 - 11:50 am When chiral smectics can choose their shape: tube-shell morphing induced by phase transition
Dr. Rao Jampani, Université du Luxembourg
11:50 - 12:20 pm Polar and conventional mesophases in hockey-stick-shaped molecules
Prof. E-Joon Choi, Korea
12:20 - 12:50 pm Optically isotropic and cubic mesophases formed by chiral thermotropic liquid crystals: new insights from NMR spectroscopy
Prof. Valentina Domenici, Università di Pisa, Italy
12:50 - 2:00 pm Lunch: G/F Chinese Restaurant, HKUST

Session 3: Chirality and Polarity in Liquid Crystals: New Possibilities

Chair: Jagdish Vij

2:00 - 2:40 pm Plenary Talk
On the structure and alignment of the bent-core helical nanofilament (B4) phase

Prof. David M. Walba, University of Colorado
  Invited Talks
2:40 - 3:10 pm Liquid Crystals from and with Colloids: from graphene oxide to silicon oxide spheres
Prof. Ingo Dierking, UK

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Gels and Nanofibers of Polar Columnar Liquid Crystals
Prof. Fumito Araoka, Physicochemical Soft Matter Research Unit RIKEN Center for Emergent, Matter Science (CEMS), Japan

3:40 - 4:10 pm   Coffee Break

Session 4: Ferroelectricity, Ferromagnetism, Defects, Chirality

Chair: Ingo Dierking

4:10 - 4:40 pm Spontaneous symmetry breaking and ferroelectricity in non-chiral LC systems
Prof. Yury Panarin, Trinity College, Dublin
4:40 - 5:10 pm Ferromagnetic liquid crystals: static and dynamic properties
Dr. Nerea Sebastián, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

5:10 - 5:40 pm

Topological defects in polar smectic films and their role in formation of self-organized structures
Prof. Pavel Dolganov, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow region

5:40 - 6:10 pm

Effect of molecular chirality on the nanostructure of the twist-bend nematic phase
Prof. Antal Jakli, Kent State University, USA

6:10 - 6:40 pm

Electro-optical effects due to distortion of ferroelectric liquid crystals by boundary surfaces
Prof. Eugene Pozhidaev, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia

6:40 – 8.40 pm

Welcome Reception


December 5, 2017 Tuesday (Day 2)


Lecture Theatre

8:00 – 9.00 am


Session 5: Optics of polar and ferroelectric liquid crystals

Chair: Vladimir Chigrinov

9.00 - 9:40 am

Plenary Talk
Nonlinear Optics for Polar Liquid Crystals
Prof . Hideo Takezoe, Japan

  Invited Talks
9:40 - 10:10 am Kerr effect in Vertically aligned FLCs and its applications
Prof. Abhishek Srivastava, SKL, HKUST, HK

10:10 - 10:40 am

Mueller matrix ellipsometry of ferroelectric liquid crystal cells
Prof. Valyukh, Linkoping U, Sweden

10:40-11:00 am

Oral Talk
Electroclinic and Flexoelectric Properties of Side-Chain Smectic-A*Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers Composed of Polysiloxane Backbone

Dr. Kazuyuki Hiraoka, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan

11:00 - 11:20am Coffee Break

Session 6: New ferroelectric liquid crystal materials

Chair: Eugene Pozhidaev

11:20 - 11:50 am New generation of LCD's based on smectic liquid crystals showing uniform and stable orientation
Prof. Valeri Lapanik, Belarusian State University, Minsk
11:50- 12:20 pm Shock-free FLC compounds and materials: An overview of developments
Prof. Vladimir Bezborodov, Belarusian State University, Minsk
12:20 - 12:50 pm A low birefringence ferroelectric liquid crystal
Prof. Valerii Vashchenko, Ukraine Academy of Science, Kharkov, Ukraine
12:50 - 2:00 pm Lunch: G/F Chinese Restaurant, HKUST

Session 7: Applications of ferroelectric liquid crystals

Chair: Sin-Doo Lee

2:00 - 2:40 pm Plenary Talk:
Ferroelectric liquid crystal applications: bright future
Prof. Vladimir Chigrinov, SKL, HKUST, HK
2:40 - 3:10 pm

Induced Circular Dichroism in Chiral Liquid Crystals
Prof. B. Umanskii et al. , Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Role of quantum dots in ferroelectric Liquid crystals and their applications
Prof. Manohar, University of Lucknow, India

3:40-4:10 pm Self Assembled Nano Particle Doped Ultra Thin Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals Composite Films for Device Applications
Dr. Kuldeep Raina, DIT University, Dehradun
4:10 - 4:30 pm Coffee Break
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Session 8
Poster Session
Banquet at Conference Lodge


December 6, 2017 Wednesday (Day 3)


Lecture Theatre

Session 9: Liquid crystal structure and properties based on ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism

Chair: Hideo Takezoe

9.00 - 9:40 am

Plenary Talk
Geometrical Confinement of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals for Device Applications
Prof. Sin-Doo Lee, Seoul National University

9:40 - 10:20 am Coffee Break

10:20-11:00 am

Closing & Best Poster Award ceremony
Announcement of the new FLC 17 Conference


End of Conference

Individual Activities


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Social Program

Much attention will be given to encouraging contacts and discussions among the participants. To this aim, a get-together meeting, a conference dinner, and a sightseeing program will be offered as integral parts of the conference.