Welcome to Twisted, a two-day conference on the physics, chemistry and applications of cholesteric lyotropic liquid crystals developing in colloidal suspensions of chiral nanorods, to be held at the University of Luxembourg, May 10-12, 2017. The motivation for the conference is the rapidly growing interest in liquid crystals formed by nanocrystals of cellulose or chitin, filamentous viruses, carbon nanotubes and similar rod-like nanoparticles in suspensions in water or other isotropic solvents. We cover the spectrum from fundamental scientific challenges to application opportunities, organized into four topical sessions:

  1. Advanced materials derived from chiral nanorods (keynote speaker: Mark MacLachlan)
  2. Theory and simulations of cholesteric phases (keynote speaker: Mark Wilson)
  3. Chiral nanorod suspensions: from particle tuning to self-assembly (keynote speaker: Derek Gray)
  4. The route to applications (keynote speaker: Silvia Vignolini)

In addition to our four keynote speakers, we have 8 invited speakers:
  • Session 1: Lena Godinho, Olli Ikkala
  • Session 2: Claudio Zannoni, Paul van der Schoot
  • Session 3: Rik Wensink, Zvonimir Dogic
  • Session 4: Lennart Bergström, Youssef Habibi

There are also 12 slots for contributed talks and two poster sessions. See the program for full details.

Please submit your abstract before the deadline, February 15, 2017. Registration is required until February 28th, 2017. The maximum number of participants is 100. Register early to guarantee your spot.

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Twisted is organized with the kind support of the Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg, within the framework of the CORE project MISONANCE (grant code C14/MS/8331546).

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Twisted is supported by the journal Soft Matter, Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Twisted is supported by Nikon Belux Instruments.