Antal I. Jákli Professor, Chemical Physics interdisciplinary Program & Liquid Crystal Institute Kent State University Contact Information Liquid Crystal & Materials Science Bldg Lab: Rms 246 & 249 (330) 672-1540 Office: Rm 319 (330) 672-4886 Email: ajakli@kent.edu CV/Bio M.Sc. Eötvös Lóránd University (Budapest), Physics, 1983 Ph.D. Eötvös Lóránd University (Budapest), Physics, 1986 Habilitation, Institute for Solid State Physics (Budapest), 1992 D.Sc. Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest), Physics, 2000 Courses 2015-present: “Liquid Crystal Science: Physical Properties”, 3 credit hour graduate course, Chemical Physics  Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University 2010-2014: “Fundamentals of Liquid Crystal Science”, 4  credit hour graduate course, Chemical Physics  Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University 2003-2008: “Structured Fluids”, 3 credit hour course,  Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State  University 2001-2009: “Physical Properties of Liquid Crystals”, 3  credit hour graduate course, Chemical Physics  Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University 2001: “Liquid Crystal Physics”, 3 credit hour graduate  course, Department of Physics, Kent State University 1997-1999: “Basic Physical Laboratory Practices” for 1st and 2nd grade physics students, 4 credit hour course, instructor and co-author of the lab notes; Department of  Experimental Physics of the Technical University in  Budapest 1995-1996: “Basics of Soft Condensed Matter Physics”  lectures, 2 credit hour graduate course, Department of  Physics of the Technical University in Budapest Our current research interests include bent-core and other reduced-symmetry novel liquid  crystals, responsive electrospun fibers and mats, flexoelectricity and piezolectricity, small  volume rheometry, blue phases, and surface interactions of liquid crystals.  Recent News & Events  Members of JákliLab recently attended the 15th International Conference on  Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals in Prague, Czech Republic, from 28 June to 3 July. Dr.  Jákli presented an invited talk and a poster while Oliver Kress gave an oral  presentation. Photos from the conference can be viewed here.  On 25 June 2015, M.S. student Oliver Kress ceased being defenseless and successfully  defended his thesis Tension and Conductivity of Liquid Crystal Fibers with and without Carbon Nanotubes. He will be receiving his degree in August. Peter Popov and Larry Honaker attended the ACS Colloids and Surfaces Symposium in  Pittsburgh, PA, from 15 to 17 June and presented oral talks on their research. JákliLab is delighted to welcome summer interns to the LCI, two of whom are a part  of the Kent State University NSF-sponsored REU program. Matthew Kim, a Chemical  Engineering student from the University of Arizona, will be working jointly with Dr.  Torsten Hegmann’s group on the synthesis and characterization of bent-core liquid  crystals. Kyle Martino, a Chemistry student at Truman State University in Missouri, will be working on the characterization and optimization of liquid crystal lenses. Hussein  Haji-Valizadeh, an undergraduate at Kent State University, will be working on the  production of fibers and textiles in coordination with Dr. John West’s group. Lastly,  Logan Showalter, a local high school student, will be working on molecule-specific  biosensing. On 12 May 2015, doctoral student Peter Popov, co-advised by Dr. Elizabeth Mann,  successfully defended his dissertation Liquid Crystal Interfaces: Experiments,  Simulations and Biosensors. He has since left to begin work at RavenBrick in Denver,  Colorado.  Welcome! Jákli Lab Peter celebrating no longer being defenseless. The successful candidate and members of the dissertation committee. (L to R) Tony Jákli, Peter Popov, Elizabeth Mann, John Portman (KSU Physics) Attendees of the ICFLC in Prague