Liquid crystals are materials that can flow like a liquid but have aspects of order like a solid. They are praised by industry and academia. On one hand they are widely used to build smart phone and computer screens, and on the other hand they supply abundant research topics.
In our group we use colloidal liquid crystals formed bydispersion of rod like-particles. Particles are synthesised on demand to address problems ranging from isolated particle motion to optical manipulation of liquid crystal interfaces.