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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.

Chris Prior with his award