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 and refreshment)
PM Session PM Session  


December 4, 2017 Monday (Day 1)


Lecture Theatre - C

7:45 - 08:45 am


Session 1: Ferroelectric Materials

Chair: Hoi Sing Kwok

8: 45 - 09:00 am

Welcome Speech
by Prof. Tim Cheng, Dean of Engineering, HKUST

9:00 - 9:40 am

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

  Invited Talks
9:40 - 10:10 am De Vries chiral smectics
Prof Jagdish Vij, Trinity College, Dublin

10:10 - 10:40 am

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

10:40 - 11:10 am Ferroelectric liquid crystals: The influence of central aromatic units on mesomorphic properties
Prof. Michal Kohout, 
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
11:10 - 11:30 am Coffee Break

Session 2:  New Polar and Chiral Mesophases

Chair: David Walba
  Invited Talks
11:30 - 12:00 pm When chiral smectics can choose their shape: tube-shell morphing induced by phase transition
Dr. Rao Jampani, Université du Luxembourg
12:00 - 12:30 pm Polar and conventional mesophases in hockey-stick-shaped molecules
Prof. E-Joon Choi, Korea
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch: G/F Chinese Restaurant, HKUST

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

Chair: Sergiy Valyukh

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
  Oral Talks

3:10 - 3:30 pm

Different class of antiferroelectric liquid crystalline materials with the direct phase transition SmCA* - Iso
Dr. M. Czerwiński, Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland
3:30 - 4:00 pm   Coffee Break

Session 4: Ferroelectricity, Ferromagnetism, Defects, Chirality

Chair: Michal Kohout

  Invited Talks
4:00 - 4:30 pm Effect of molecular chirality on the nanostructure of the twist-bend nematic phase
Prof. Antal Jakli, Kent State University, USA
4:30 - 5:00 pm Towards an Electrical Equivalent Circuit Model (SPICE Model) for Electrically-Suppressed Helix Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal
Prof. Ian Underwood, University of Edinburgh, UK

5:00 - 5:30 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

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Poster Session and Welcome Reception


December 5, 2017 Tuesday (Day 2)


Lecture Theatre - C

8:30 – 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 - 11:20am Coffee Break

Session 6: New ferroelectric liquid crystal materials

Chair: Yuri Panarin

11:20 - 11:50 am A low birefringence ferroelectric liquid crystal
Prof. Valerii Vashchenko, HKUST, Hong Kong
  Oral Talks
11:50 - 12:10 pm Electroclinic and Flexoelectric Properties of Side-Chain Smectic-A*Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers Composed of Polysiloxane Backbone
Dr. Kazuyuki Hiraoka, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan
12:10-12:30 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

12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch: UC Bistro, Lo Ka Chung University Centre, 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
  Invited Talks
2:40 - 3:10 pm

Spontaneous symmetry breaking and ferroelectricity in non-chiral LC systems
Prof. Yury Panarin, Trinity College, Dublin

3:10 - 3:40 pm

The Twist-Bend Nematic Phase
Prof. Corrie T Imrie, University of Aberdeen, UK

3:40 - 5:00 pm Coffee Break & Poster Session
5:00 - 6:00 pm Laboratory Tour to CDR and SKL
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Session 8
Banquet at Conference Lodge


December 6, 2017 Wednesday (Day 3)


Lecture Theatre - C

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

  Oral Talks
9:40 - 10:00 am

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

  Invited Talks

10:00-10:30 am

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

  Oral Talks

10:30-10:50 am

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

10:50-11:10 am

2D Self Assembly of Metallic Silver Nanoparticles in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystalline Material
Dr. Swadesh Gupta, HKUST, Hong Kong

11:10 -11:30 am Coffee Break

11:30-12:15 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.