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Exploring Possibilities and Bridging the Gaps in Microfluidics Research

Exploring Possibilities and Bridging the Gaps in Microfluidics Research

Microfluids has come very far since its origin1 and found applications in a broad range of fields. It would be better if I skip the common applications as readers of the blog might be well aware of these applications and bring your attention towards unexplored and emerging new directions in liquid crystal research. The field of microfluidics has barely crossed lines with liquid crystals – nature’s delicate phase of mater2. Liquid crystals are wonderful materials not only because of their beautiful, vibrant textures or their ubiquitous use in the flat panel display technology but also because of their unique molecular alignment which gives them an orientational order like solid and flow properties of liquids. This is why they are sometimes referred to as the fourth state of matter. (more…)