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 - 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 Gels and Nanofibers of Polar Columnar Liquid Crystals
Prof. Fumito Araoka, Physicochemical Soft Matter Research Unit RIKEN Center for Emergent, Matter Science (CEMS), Japan
3:10 - 4:10 pm   Coffee Break

Session 4: Ferroelectricity, Ferromagnetism, Defects, Chirality

Chair: Michal Kohout

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, HKUST, Hong Kong
12:50 - 2:00 pm Lunch: G/F Chinese Restaurant, HKUST

Session 7: Applications of ferroelectric liquid crystals

Chair: Prof. Abhishek Srivastava

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

SPICE modelling of the ESH-FLC for microdisplay

Prof. Ian Underwood, University of Edinburgh, UK

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. Junhee Na , Chungnam National University

  Invited Talks
9:40 - 10:10 am

“Induced Circular Dichroism in Chiral Liquid Crystals”,
Prof. B. Umanskii et al. , Institute of Crystallography, Russian

  Oral Talks

10:10-10:30 am

One-dimensional modulated nematics of nonchiral liquid crystals
Prof. Lech Longa, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (PL)

10:30-10:50  am

Ferromagnetic liquid crystals: static and dynamic properties
Dr. N. Sebastian, J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

10:50-11:10  am

Theory of the twist-bend nematic phase: Geometry and pitch selection
Prof. Jonathan Selinger, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA

11:10-11:30 am

Heat-driven Rotations of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Droplets Dispersed in an Oligomeric Solvent
Dr. J. Yoshioka, Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science, Wako, Saitama, Japan

11:30 am -12 pm Coffee Break

12:00-1:00 pm

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.