NANOPARTICLES DISPERSED IN LIQUIDCRYSTALLINE MEDIA: ORGANIZATION AND COMPLEXITY IN NOVEL SOFT MATTER SYSTEMS

Abstract: 

Liquid crystals (LCs) are organic compounds with thermodynamically stable mesophases characterized by long-range orientational and/or translational order while maintaining fluid characteristics. LCs and LC-polymers have been attracting scientific and technological interest for their phase transitions and their optoelectronic properties with a vast array of applications in the display and sensor industries.

NANOLICR aims towards bridging nano- and LC-technologies. It involves the synthesis and surface-treatment of nanoparticles (Au, quantum dots, magnetic) of varying size, shape (spheres, rods, platelets) and functionality and their dispersion in chiral LCs and LC polymers.

The nanoparticle interactions with topological line defects and their direct coupling to the anisotropic LC elasticity will lead to a new class of soft materials possessing optical, elastic and magnetic properties with high potential for scientific technological advances. The physical properties of the complex materials will be investigated using advanced experimental and theoretical methodologies. Particular emphasis will be placed in elucidating the nanoparticle self-assembly mechanisms so as to achieve the controlled construction of nano-based superstructures in the microscale, with customized secondary and tertiary hierarchical architecture. In this direction, the capabilities of the novel materials for targeted functional delivery (particularly of polymeric chains) will also be manifested for the first time.

NANOLICR deliverables include novel, hybrid LC + nanoparticle materials, international patent applications, publications in high-impact journals and presentations in international conferences. Ph.D. and M.Sc. Theses will be carried out in an interdisciplinary research environment. A closely collaborating network of experienced and postdoctoral scientists in Greece will be established able to attract the interest of the international scientific community.

Project info

Acronym:
NANOLICR
Scientific Coordinator:
Nounesis George
Research Team 2 Leader:
Lelidis Ioannis
Research Team 3 Leader:
Pissis Polykarpos
Research Team 4 Leader:
Vanakaras Alexandros

Stats

I.D.:
338
Mis:
380170
Duration (months):
36
Budget:
600 000.00
Diavgeia:
ΑΔΑ: Β4ΓΘ9-Ι63

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