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 General News

Dr. Gharbi is giving a talk at the Mount Holyoke College. Event: Soft Matter Day, 21 July 2017

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Dr. Gharbi is invited to give a talk at Harvard seminar series “Squishy Physics”: June 2017 

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Upcoming Seminars: February 2017

– M.A. Gharbi. “Exploring imperfections in soft matter to direct assembly of biomaterials and functional nanomaterials”. Department of Physics, University of Texas El Paso. El Paso, USA. February 16, 2017.

– M.A. Gharbi. “Imperfections in soft matter: A new toolkit to direct assembly of advanced materials”. Department of Physics, Clark University. Worcester, USA. February 08, 2017.

Dr. Gharbi is invited to give a talk at The University of Amsterdam, September 2016:

M.A. Gharbi. Exploiting imperfections in soft matter to direct assembly of advanced materials. The Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, Netherlands. September 20, 2016.

Dr. Gharbi was selected for a Lecturer Position in Physics, Fall 2016:

– The Department of Physics at McGill University selected Dr. Gharbi for a lecturer position in Physics. He will be teaching Thermal Physics (PHYS 253) this fall.

Canadian Association of Physics (CAP) Congress, June 2016:

– Dr. Gharbi is invited to give a talk at the CAP 2016 Congress in Ottawa! The Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (DCMMP).

– Dr. Gharbi will be sharing the Session R2-1 “Computational condensed matter” at the CAP 2016 Congress in Ottawa! The Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (DCMMP).

Our art work is accepted as the inner front cover of Soft Matter Journal, May 2016:

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Our paper describing the assembly of Au Nanoparticles in Blue Phase LCs is published in ACS Nano and cited in Science (March 2016)!

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Reversible Nanoparticle Cubic Lattices in Blue Phase Liquid Crystals

Upcoming talks and Seminars:

01- M.A. Gharbi. Capillarity at Liquid crystal interfaces: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Harvard University, USA. Widely Applied Mathematics Seminars. March 08, 2016.

02- M.A. Gharbi. Elasto-capillarity: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Department of Physics. Brandeis University, USA. MRSEC Seminar Series. March 10, 2016.

03- M.A. Gharbi. Auto-assemblage de particules colloïdales aux voisinages des interfaces cristaux liquides. Department of Physics. Laval University, Canada. Physics Seminars. February 02, 2016.

04- M.A. Gharbi. Elasto-capillarity: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Department of Physics. Syracuse University, USA. Physics Colloquium. January 29, 2016.

05- M.A. Gharbi. Energy Stored in Soft Matter: A New Toolkit for Directed Assembly of Advanced Materials. Department of Physics. University of Miami, USA. Physics Colloquium. January 13, 2016.

May 2015: My liquid crystal based compound lenses that work like insect eys highlighted in popular scientific news!!!

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Our team at Upenn have been selected to win the best NBIC Artistic Award Image! October 2014

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ACS 2014 Colloid & Surface Science Symposium

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Liquid Crystal Flowers for Lenses Application in Popular Media

1- Planting a Liquid-Crystal Garden. Physics Synopsis, December 10, 2013. http://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevX.3.041026

2- Penn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ That Can Be Used as Lenses. Penn News, December 18, 2013. http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-researchers-grow-liquidcrystal- flowers-can-be-used-lenses

3- Penn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ That Can Be Used as Lenses. NSF News, December 18, 2013. http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129987

4- Scientists grow liquid crystal “flowers” to use as lenses. Physics News, December 19, 2013. http://www.physnews.com/nano-physics-news/cluster782298900/

5- Scientists grow liquid crystal “flowers” to use as lenses. Phys.org, December 19, 2013. http://phys.org/news/2013-12-liquid-crystal-lenses.html

6- Penn researchers grow liquid crystal ‘flowers’ that can be used as lenses. TG Daily, December 19, 2013. http://www.tgdaily.com/general-sciences-features/83521-penn-researchers-grow-liquid-crystalflowers-that-can-be-used-as-len

7- This Nanostructure-Making Method Is Like 3D Printing with Chemistry. Gizmodo, December 19, 2013. http://gizmodo.com/this-method-for-making-nanostructures-is-like-3d-printi-1486527626

8- Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ Can Be Used as Lenses. Laboratory Equipment, December 19, 2013. http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/liquid-crystal-flowers-can-be-used-lenses

9- Researchers grow liquid crystal ‘flowers’ that can be used as lenses. Technology.org, December 19, 2019. https://www.technology.org/2013/12/19/researchers-grow-liquid-crystal-flowers-canused-lenses

10- 3D Flower-Shaped Array with Transparent Liquid Crystal Petals. AZoNano, December 20, 2013. http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=29051

11- Researchers grow liquid crystal ‘flowers’ that can be used as lenses. Science Daily, December 20, 2013. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220154507.htm

12- Liquid crystal flowers. Nanotech etc., December 23, 2014. http://www.nanotechetc.com/2013/12/liquid-crystal-flowers/10954.html

13- Nanotech Liquid Crystal “Flowers” Used as Lenses. Controlled Environments, December 23, 2013. http://www.cemag.us/news/2013/12/nanotech-liquid-crystal-
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14- Penn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ That Can Be Used as Lenses. Space Mart, December 23, 2013. http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Penn_Researchers_Grow_Liquid_Crystal_Flowers_That_Can_ Be_Used_as_Lenses_999.html

15- Scientists grow liquid crystal “flowers” to use as lenses. Gizmag, December 24, 2013. http://www.gizmag.com/liquid-crystal-flowers-to-use-as-lenses/30234/

16- Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ Into Lenses. Photonics, December 24, 2014. http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=55595

17- Liquid crystal ‘flowers’ that can be used as lenses. Kurzweil, December 24, 2013. http://www.kurzweilai.net/penn-researchers-grow-liquid-crystal-flowers-that-can-be-used-aslenses

18- Researchers Use Direct Assembly Process to Built Lenses Out of Tiny Flower-Shaped Liquid Crystals. World Industrial Reporter, December 24, 2013. http://www.worldindustrialreporter.com/researchers-use-direct-assembly-process-to-built-lensesout-
of-tiny-flower-shaped-liquid-crystals/

19- Liquid Crystal ‘Flowers’ Into Lenses. Photonics Online, December 24, 2013. http://www.photonicsonline.com/doc/liquid-crystal-flowers-into-lenses-0001

20- Scientists grow liquid crystal “flowers” to use as lenses. National Nanotechnology Initiative, December 24, 2013. http://nano.gov/slideshow-archive

21- Scientists Grow Liquid Crystal Flowers That Can Be Used As Lenses. The Tech Journal, December 25, 2013. http://thetechjournal.com/science/liquid-crystal-flowers-can-be-used-aslenses. xhtml

22- Liquid crystal flowers can act as lenses. Laser Focus World, December 26, 2013. http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/2013/12/liquid-crystal-flowers-can-act-as-lenses.html

23- Flores de cristal líquido para usar como lentes. Omicrono, December 26, 2013. http://www.omicrono.com/2013/12/flores-de-cristal-liquido-para-usar-como-lentes

24- Dragonfly-Like Lenses Grown With Liquid Crystals. Discovery News, December 27, 2013. http://news.discovery.com/tech/dragonfly-like-lenses-grown-with-liquid-crystals-
131227.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

25- Scientists grow liquid crystal “flowers” to use as lenses. Idea Connection, December 28, 2014. http://www.ideaconnection.com/emerging-technologies/491-Scientists-grow-liquid-crystalflowers-to-use-as-lens.html

26- Researchers develop liquid crystal lenses. Materials Views, December 30, 2013. http://www.materialsviews.com/researchers-develop-liquid-crystal-lenses/

27- Scientists Grow Liquid Crystal “Flowers” That Can Act as Lenses. The Optical Society, January 2, 2014. http://www.osa.org/es/about_osa/newsroom/industry_news/2014/scientists_grow_liquid_crystal_ flowers_that_can_ac

28- Flower-like liquid crystal lens grows like a pearl. New Scientist, January 06, 2014. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24814-flowerlike-liquid-crystal-lens-grows-like-apearl. html

29- Scientists grow liquid crystal “flowers” to use as lenses. Lost at E Minor, January 7, 2014. http://www.lostateminor.com/2014/01/07/scientists-grow-crystal-liquid-flowers-lenses/

30- Liquid crystal ‘flowers’ into a lens. Systems Design Engineering Community, January 14, 2014. http://chipdesignmag.com/sld/blog/2014/01/14/research-review-jan-14-2014/

31- Self-Assembling Flower Petals in Liquid Crystals Focus Light. Scientific American, March 1, 2014. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/self-assembling-flower-petals-liquid-crystalsfocus-light/

32- Liquid crystal flowers into lenses. Photonic Spectra, March 2014. http://www.photonicsspectradigital.com/photonicsspectra/march_2014?pg=31#pg31

 Liquid Crystal Flowers for Lenses Application (Selection)

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Liquid Crystal to Direct Surface Particles: Towards Metamaterials

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