2:50 - 3:30 p.m.
"Self-Organized Liquid Crystalline Nanostructures: From Energy-Saving Devices to Organic Photovolatics"
Liquid crystals (LCs) represent a fascinating state of matter which combines order and mobility on a molecular and supermolecular level. The unique combination of order and mobility results in that LC is typically "soft" and responds easily to external stimuli. The responsive nature and diversity of LCs provide tremendous opportunities as well as challenges for insights in fundamental science, and open the door to various applications. Conventional nematic LCs have become the quintessential materials of LC displays. With the LC displays ubiquitous in our daily life, the research and development of LCs are moving rapidly beyond display applications and evolving into entirely new and fascinating scientific frontiers. In my talk, I will focus on our research and development on self-organized liquid crystalline nanostructures: from energy-saving devices to organic photovoltaics.
Quan Li is Director of the Organic Synthesis and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, where he is also Adjunct Professor in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. He has directed research projects supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (DoD MURI), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) among other funding institutions. Presently, his PhD students and postdoctoral fellows are actively involving in Li's current seven active funded projects. He has edited three Wiley books and one Springer book, and coauthored over twenty chapters. Li received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Shanghai institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where he had been promoted to a youngest Full Professor of Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry in February of 1998. He was a recipient of CAS One-Hundred Talents (BaiRenJiHua) in 1999. He was also Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany.