PhD student wins prize for the best talk in Edinburgh
Christopher Prior, a PhD student from the research group of Dr Vasily Oganesyan, has been awarded the prize for the best talk by a young researcher at the first joint conference of the British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS) and German Liquid Crystal Society (DFKG), held in Edinburgh between 21-23 March, 2016. The conference covered cutting edge research across all elements of liquid crystal science, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, materials science and bio-science.
Christopher’s PhD project concerns with the application of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and state-of-the-art molecular modelling at atomistic scale to lyotropic liquid crystals. In the talk entitled: ‘Probing lyotropic liquid crystal phases by a combination of EPR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulation’ Christopher presented his most recent results. In particular, he demonstrated how a novel molecular dynamics-EPR methodology, developed and previously successfully applied in Oganesyan’s group to thermotropic liquid crystals, proteins and lipid membranes, has been expanded for the first time to lyotropic liquid crystals.