Publications

My thesis

2-  M.A. Gharbi. Behavior of colloids at nematic interfaces. PhD Thesis (2011), University of Montpelier II, France.

1-  M.A. Gharbi. Viscoelastic behavior of different nematic phases. Master’s Thesis (2009), University of Tunis, Tunisia.

Published papers

20- M.A. Gharbi, S. Manet, J. Lhermitte, J. Milette, V. Toader, M. Sutton and L. Reven. Reversible Nanoparticle Cubic Lattices in Blue Phase Liquid Crystals. ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 3410.

19- Y. Xia, E. Lee, H. Hu, M.A. Gharbi, D.A. Beller, E.-K. Fleischmann, R.D. Kamien, R. Zental, and S. Yang. Better Actuation Through Chemistry: Using Surface Coatings to Create Uniform Director Fields in Nematic Liquid Crystal Elastomers. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b02789. 

18- W-S. Wei, M.A. Gharbi, M. Lohr, T. Still, T. Lubensky, K.J. Stebe, and A.G. Yodh. Dynamics of ordered colloidal particle monolayers at nematic liquid crystal interfaces. Soft Matter, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00295A. 

17- Y. Luo, F. Serra, D.A. Beller, M.A. Gharbi, N. Li, S. Yang, R.D. Kamien, and K.J. Stebe. Around the Corner: Colloidal Assembly and Wiring in Groovy Nematic Cells. PRE, 2016, 93, 032705.  

16- E. Lee, Y. Xia, R.C. Ferrier, Fr., H.-N. Kim, M.A. Gharbi, K.J. Stebe, R.D. Kamien, R.J. Composto, and S. Yang. Fine Golden Rings: Tunable Surface Plasmon Resonance From Assembled Nanorods in Topological Defects of liquid Crystals. Advanced Materials, 2016, 28, 2731.

15- M.A. Gharbi, I.B. Liu, Y. Liu, F. Serra, N.D. Bade, S. Yang, R.D. Kamien and K.J. StebeSmectic Gardening on Curved Landscapes. Langmuir, 2015, 31, 11135.  

14 H. Jeridi, M.A. Gharbi, T. Othman, and Ch. Blanc. Capillary induced giant elastic dipoles in thin nematic films. PNAS, 2015, 112, 14771. 

13- A. Honglawan, D.S. Kim, D.K. Yoon, D. Beller, M.A. Gharbi, K.J. Stebe, R.D. Kamien, and S. Yang. Synergistic assembly of nanoparticles in smectic liquid crystalsSoft Matter, 2015, 11, 7367. 

12- I.B. Liu*, M.A. Gharbi*, V.L. Ngo, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang, and K.J. Stebe. Elastocapillary interactions on nematic films. PNAS, 2015, 112, 6336(*equal contribution ).

11- F. Serra*, M.A. Gharbi*, I. Liu, Y. Luo, N. Bade, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang, and K.J. Stebe. One-step Assembly of a (reconfigurable) Smectic Liquid Crystal ‘Compound Eye’ on a Curved Interface. Advanced Optical Materials,  2015, 3, 1287. (*equal contribution).

10- D.A. Beller, M.A. Gharbi, and I.B. Liu. Shape-controlled orientation and assembly of colloids with sharp edges in nematic liquid crystals. Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 1078.  

9-  M.A. Gharbi**D. A. Beller, A. Honglawan, K. J. Stebe, S. Yang and R.D. Kamien. Controlling liquid crystal defects. SPIE Newsroom (Invited Commentary), DOI: 10.1117/2.1201402. 005369. (**Corresponding author).

8- M.A. Gharbi**, M. Nobili and Ch. Blanc. Topological defects: A template to direct assembly of colloidal particles at nematic interfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2014, 417, 250–255. (**Corresponding author).

7- D. A. Beller*, M.A. Gharbi*, A. Honglawan*, K. J. Stebe, S. Yang and R.D. Kamien. Focal conic flower textures at curved interfacesPhys. Rev. X, 2013, 3, 041026. (*equal contribution).

6- M. Cavallaro, Jr.*, M.A. Gharbi*, D. Beller*, S. Copar, Z. Shi, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang, T. Baumgart and K.J. Stebe. Exploiting imperfections in the bulk to direct assembly of surface colloidsProc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 2013, 110, 18804-18808. (*equal contribution).

5- Cavallaro, Jr.*, M.A. Gharbi*, D. Beller*, S. Copar, Z. Shi, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang, T. Baumgart and K.J. Stebe.  Ring around the colloidSoft Matter, 2013, 9, 9099-9102. (*equal contribution).

4- Ch. Blanc, D. Fedorenko, M. Gross, M. In, M. Abkarian, M.A. Gharbi, J.-B Fournier, P. Galatola, and M. Nobili. Capillary force on a sphere trapped at a fluid interface of arbitrary shapePRL, 2013, 111, 05830.

3- M.A. Gharbi, D. Sec, T. Lopez-Leon, M. Nobili, S. Zumer and Ch. Blanc. Microparticles confined to a nematic liquid crystal shellSoft Matter, 2013, 9, 6911-6920.

2- M.A. Gharbi, M. Cavallaro, Jr., G. Wu, D.A. Beller, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang and K.J. Stebe. Micro-bullet assembly: interactions of oriented dipoles in confined nematic liquid crystalLiquid Crystals, 2013, 40, 1619-1627.

1- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. In, G. Prévot, P. Galatola, J.-B. Fournier and Ch. Blanc. Behavior of colloidal particles at an air nematic liquid crystal interfaceSoft Matter, 2011, 7, 1467-1471.

Oral Presentations (selection)

15- M.A. Gharbi, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang and K. J. Stebe. Elasto-capillary interactions between solid spheres at smectic thin films. APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA (March 3-March 7).

14- I. Liu, M.A. Gharbi, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang and K. J. Stebe. Behavior of anisotropic particles at air/nematic interface. APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA (March 3-March 7).

13- D. Beller, S. Copar, M.A. Gharbi, M. Cavallaro, G. Wu, K. J. Stebe, S. Yang and R.D. Kamien. Modeling the assembly of colloids with sharp features in nematic liquid crystals. APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA (March 3-March 7).

12- Wei-Shao Wei, Matthew Lohr, M.A. Gharbi, K. J. Stebe and A.G. Yodh. Ordered and disordered colloidal particle monolayers at liquid crystal interfaces. APS March Meeting 2014, Denver, Colorado, USA (March 3-March 7).

11- M.A. Gharbi, D. Beller, A. Honglawan , S. Yang, R.D. Kamien and K. J. Stebe. Behavior of microparticles on thin smectic films. Waterloo Soft Matter Theory Conference 2013, Ontario, Canada (December 5).

10- M.A. Gharbi, S. Yang, R.D. Kamien and K. J. Stebe. Assembly of microparticles on thin smectic films. AICHE Annual Meeting 2013, San Francisco, USA (November 3-November 8).

9- M. A. Gharbi. D. Sec, T. Lopez-Leon, M. Nobili, M. Ravnik, S. Žumer and Ch. Blanc. Microparticles confined to a nematic liquid crystal shell. European Conference on Liquid Crystals, ECLC-2013, Rhodes, Greece (September 22-September 27).

8- D. Sec, M. A. Gharbi, T. Lopez-Leon, M. Nobili, M. Ravnik, S. Žumer and Ch. Blanc. Colloidal particles confined to a nematic liquid crystal shell. International Soft Matter Conference 2013, Rome, Italy (September 15-September 19).

7- M.A. Gharbi, M. Cavallaro, Jr., D. Beller, S. Copar, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang and K.J. Stebe. Topological defects in nematic liquid crystal. CAP Congress 2013, Montreal, Canada (May 26-May 31).

6- M.A. Gharbi, G. Wu, M. Cavallaro, Jr., D. Beller, R. Kamien, K. J. Stebe and S. Yang. Self-assembly of micro-rods in nematic liquid crystal controlled by boundary conditions. AICHE Annual Meeting 2012, Pittsburgh, USA (October 28-November 2).

5- M.A. Gharbi, D. Seč, T. Lopez-Leon, M. Nobili, M. Ravnik, A. F. Nieves, S. Žumer and Ch.Blanc. Colloids trapped on a nematic shell. New Horizons of Colloidal Science: Fundamentals and Applications 2012, Sete, France (October 17-October 20).

4- M.A. Gharbi and Ch. Blanc. Particules piégées aux interfaces de cristaux liquides. Colloque Francophone des Cristaux Liquides 2011, Rennes, France (September 6-September 9).

3- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, T. Lopez-leon, M. Abkarian, M. In, P. Galatola, J-b. Fournier and Ch. Blanc. Behavior of colloidal particles trapped at liquid crystal interfaces. European Conference on Liquid Crystal 2011, Maribor, Slovenia (February 6-February 11).

2- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. Abkarian, M. In and Ch. Blanc. Behavior of colloids at liquid crystal/air interface. International Soft Matter Conference 2010, Granada, Spain  (July 5-July 8).

1- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. Abkarian, M. In and Ch. Blanc. Study of liquid crystal/colloids systems using microfluidic. Winter School of “Les Houches” – CNRS GDR on Microfluidics. 2nd Advance School on microfluidics, LesHouches, France (January 2011).

Posters (selection)

13- M.A. Gharbi, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang and K. J. Stebe. Use of elastic fields in liquid crystals to template colloidal particles: Towards advanced materials. MRSEC Workshop on Liquid Crystals & Particles 2013. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (December 16).

12- I. Liu, M.A. Gharbi, V. Ngo, R.D. Kamien, S. Yang and K. J. Stebe. Behavior of anisotropic particles at air/nematic interface. MRSEC Workshop on Liquid Crystals & Particles 2013. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (December 16).

11- H. Jeredi, M. Gharbi, Teresa Lopez-Leon, M. Nobili and Ch. Blanc. Particules colloïdales piégées dans un film mince nématique. Conférence Francophone des Cristaux Liquides 2013. Strasbourg, France (September 3-September 6).

10- A. Honglawan, D. Beller, M.A. Gharbi, K. J. Stebe, R.D. Kamien and S. Yang. 3D topology of smectic liquid crystal by a mediation of elasticity and mobile interfaces of nanoparticles. The Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Crystals 2013, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, USA (June 16-June 21).

9- D. Beller, S. Čopar, G. Alexander, M.A. Gharbi, M. Cavallaro Jr., G. Wu, K. Stebe, S. Yang and R. Kamien. Modeling nematic disclinations in the presence of sharp-cornered boundaries. Analytical and computational paths from molecular foundations to continuum descriptions 2013. Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK (March 18-March22).

8- M. Cavallaro, M.A. Gharbi, D. Beller, L. Yao, R. Kamien, S. Yang and K. Stebe. Elastic induced colloidal interactions in liquid crystals. AICHE Annual Meeting 2012, Pittsburgh, USA (October 28-November 2).

7- M.A. Gharbi, T. Lopez-Leon, M. Nobili and Ch. Blanc. Colloids trapped on nematic shells: textures and dynamics. International liquid crystal conference 2012, Mainz, Germany (August 19-August 24).

6- M.A. Gharbi, G. Wu, M. Cavallaro, Jr., D. Beller, R. Kamien, K. Stebe and S. Yang. Self-assembly of micro-rods in nematic liquid crystal controlled by boundary conditions. The Frontiers of Soft Matter 2012 symposium, Boulder, USA (May 16-May 18).

5- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. Abkarian, M. In and Ch. Blanc. Behavior of colloids at liquid crystal/air interface. International liquid crystal conference 2010, Krakow, Poland (July 11-July 16).

4- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. Abkarian, M. In and Ch. Blanc. Colloids trapped at nematic/air interface. Complex Fluids-Fluid Interfaces 2010. Institute of Physics, London, UK (February 25).

3- N. Ben-m’barek, M.A. Gharbi, Ch. Blanc, M. In, M. Abkarian and M. Nobili. Self-diffusion of colloids at fluid interfaces. The Gordon Research Conference 2010: Colloidal, Macromolecular & Polyelectrolyte Solutions, Ventura, USA (February 21-February 26).

2- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. Abkarian, M. In and Ch. Blanc. Structures colloïdales à l’interface nématique/fluide isotrope. Colloque Francophone des Cristaux Liquides 2009, Orsay, France (September 8-September 11).

1- M.A. Gharbi, M. Nobili, M. Abkarian, M. In and Ch. Blanc. Comportement de colloïdes à la surface d’un cristal liquide. Congrès Société Française de Physique 2009, Paris, France  (July 6-July 10).

Last update: 25/03/2016