Perspectives in active liquid crystals

Apala Majumdar, M. Cristina Marchetti, Epifanio G. Virga

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Active soft matter is a young, growing field, with potential applications to a wide variety of systems. This Theme Issue explores this emerging new field by highlighting active liquid crystals. The collected contributions bridge theory to experiment, mathematical theories of passive and active nematics, spontaneous flows to defect dynamics, microscopic to continuum levels of description, spontaneous activity to biological activation.While the perspectives offered here only span a small part of this rapidly evolving field, we trust that they might provide the interested reader with a taste for this new class of non-equilibrium systems and their rich behaviour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20130373
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number2029
StatePublished - Nov 28 2014


  • Active colloids
  • Active liquid crystals
  • Defect dynamics
  • Multi-scale modelling
  • Spontaneous flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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