Institute of Experimental Physics
Structural transitions in nanocomposites based on liquid crystals
Physical engineering of advanced materials
Name of the supervisor
RNDr. Natália Tomašovičová, CSc.
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Technical University in Košice
Liquid crystals (LCs) belong to a class of soft condensed matter that is characterized by the combination of the fluidity of ordinary liquids with the anisotropy of electric, magnetic and optical properties of crystalline solid materials. Nowadays LCs are best known for their successful applications in computer, notebook, phone and TV displays. There are many sectors of hi-tech industry where LCs have great potentials, such as biotech, telecommunication, and optical processing. The new applications require new materials, sometimes with rather exotic properties, and new technologies. In general, experimental results evidence that doping the LC with a small amount of the different kind of nanoparticles affects the properties of the composite material considerably. The most important for further research in this direction is the optimization of these composites with respect to the liquid crystal matrix, to the type and concentration of nanoparticles, in order to contribute to possible applications.