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Issue 26, 2020
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Liquid crystal–ferrofluid emulsions

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Despite the development of the brilliant flat-panel TVs and computer screens that we all use on a daily basis, liquid crystals are far from being exhausted as a topic of research. Novel effects, new, modern, self-organized materials, and a range of applications are being developed, which are on the borderline between nanotechnology and soft condensed matter, and which use liquid crystals as a vehicle to study fundamental physical questions, all the way to mimicking nature and life. In this perspective article we will introduce an illustrative example, which will draw on a range of non-display aspects in liquid crystal research which have increasingly gained interest over the past years, namely self-organization of liquid crystals, colloidal ordering of magnetic nanoparticles, topological defects, and biological structures.

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13 May 2020
09 Jun 2020
First published
15 Jun 2020

This article is Open Access

Soft Matter, 2020,16, 6021-6031
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Liquid crystal–ferrofluid emulsions

I. Dierking, S. Yoshida, T. Kelly and W. Pitcher, Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 6021
DOI: 10.1039/D0SM00880J

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