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'Living' Colloidal Liquid Crystals

Project description

Merging soft matter fields may lead to micromachines with minds of their own

Water melts directly from solid crystalline ice into liquid water. Some materials exhibit an intermediate phase. The molecules of these so-called liquid crystals self-organise in ways that their orientation resists certain deformations despite 'flowing'. This ordering is relevant to concepts from biological membrane organisation to liquid crystal displays for consumer products. Liquid crystal colloids are an exciting integration of liquid crystals and colloids; here colloidal particles are dispersed in a liquid crystal medium unlike conventional liquids. Self-assembly in such systems can lead to emergent physical behaviours akin to those of biological systems. The EU-funded [LC]2 project plans to harness these properties to drive the self-assembly of active nematics – biomimetic, autonomously motile, liquid crystal colloidal mini-machines.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 358 083,65

Beneficiaries (2)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 358 083,65
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 44 261,35
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments