MRS Communications Lecture - "Dynamic Optical Properties of Gold Nanoparticles/Cholesteric Liquid-Crystal Arrays"

Timothy J. Bunning of the Air Force Research Laboratory will present the MRS Communications Lecture on Monday, April 22, at 5:15 p.m. in PCC North, Room 124A.

In his talk, "Dynamic Optical Properties of Gold Nanoparticles/Cholesteric Liquid-Crystal Arrays," Dr. Bunning will discuss how novel combinations of stimuli-responsive liquid crystals with other materials like nanoparticles or polymers can be designed to collectively interact with light. Examples explored will include the use of photo-induced heating of metal nanoparticles to change the color of a helically arranged liquid-crystal film and the use of novel patterning to control image projection.

We invite you to preview Dr. Bunning's work with this Video Abstract:


The MRS Communications Lecture Award recognizes excellence in the field of materials research through work published in MRS Communications. It honors the authors of an outstanding paper published in the journal during the award year.

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