Session Code: S

Minisymposium Title: Mathematical Problems in Nematic Colloids and Chromonic Liquid Crystals

Minisymposium Description: Colloidal nematic liquid crystals arise in a host of new applications including electrophoresis, microfluidic and display devices. Chromonic liquid crystals offer new perspectives and modeling tools in biology, e.g., in studies of DNA encapsulation. Both areas add new perspectives and challenges across liquid crystal research, including newly observed defect structures and novel liquid crystal flow problems. This minisymposium will focus on understanding of defects, flows with charged particles, mechanical properties of encapsulated anisotropic systems, as well as other related problems. The minisymposium will bring together physicists, mathematicians, and biologists who will discuss their recent work encompassing experiments, modeling, and analysis

Minisymposium Organizer: Dmitry Golovaty, University of Akron, USA, Maria-Carme Calderer, University of Minnesota, USA, Oleg Lavrentovich, Kent State University, USA

Randall Kamien, University of Pennsylvania, USA-Topology with and Without Colloids
Daniel Beller-Sharp Edges on Or Near Nematic Colloids: Defects and Assembly Behaviors
Martin Copic-Magnetic Nematic Colloids
Lia Bronsard, McMaster University, Canada-Tbd Bronsard
Tiziana Giorgi, New Mexico State University, USA-Limiting Behaviors of Bent-Core Liquid Crystal Models
Peter Sternberg, Indiana University, USA-Tbd Sternberg
Stan Alama, McMaster University, Canada-Tbd Alama
Arghir Zarnescu-Nematic Defects Induced by Electric Fields
Duvan Henao, UPMC Paris 6, France and Catolica de Chile, Chile-Geometrically Nonlinear Models for Nematic Elastomers
Alberto Montero, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile-TBD Montero
John Ball, University of Oxford, United Kingdom-Mathematical descriptions of point, line and surface defects
Daniel Phillips-Chevrons in Liquid Crystals
Maria-Carme Calderer, University of Minnesota, USA-Tbd Calderer
Ricardo Nochetto-TBD Nochetto
Shawn W. Walker-Optimizing Inclusions in Nematic Domains with the Ericksen Model
Mark Wilkinson-Mean Field Models for Lyotropic Nematic Liquid Crystals
Dmitry Golovaty, University of Akron, USA-Tbd Golovaty
Sookyung Joo-Planar description of smectic A liquid crystals under applied field
Jorge Vinals-Tbd Vinals
Amit Acharya, Carnegie Mellon University, USA-Modeling and Simulation of Tactoid Dynamics in Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals
Patricia Bauman-TBD Bauman

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