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Personal Statement

My main research interest is in the statistical mechanical theories of soft matter, with a particular emphasis on liquid crystals, mesogenic polymers and related materials. I have made a contribution to the molecular and phenomenological theory of thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals, cholesteric ordering in polymers, chain formation in strongly polar fluids and mathematical description of chirality. In the field of liquid crystals I have contributed mainly to the theory of phase transitions, theory of ferroelectric ordering and cholesteric twisting, molecular theory of elasticity and  flexoelectricity, theory of rheological and surface properties of nematics and smectics, theory of the dielectric and optical properties and theory of liquid crystal composites doped with anisotropic nanoparticles. Recent work includes a molecular theory of bent-core liquid crystals, theory of anisotropic polymer nanocomposites and a theory of cholesteric and ferroelectric lyotropic liquid crystals.

Recently I have been the UK PI in the Materials World Network project jointly funded by USA, UK, Germany, Canada and Sweden and an organiser of the EPSRC-funded 6 month programme “Mathematics of Liquid Crystals” at the Newton Institute, Cambridge

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Projects 2005 2013

Research Output 2001 2019

Molecular theory of liquid-crystal ordering in rod-coil diblock copolymers

Osipov, M. A. & Gorkunov, M. V., 2 Oct 2019, In : Physical Review E. 100, 4, 12 p., 042701.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
molecular theory
Liquid Crystal

Unexpected electric-field-induced antiferroelectric liquid crystal phase in the Sm C*α temperature range and the discrete flexoelectric effect

Takanishi, Y., Iida, A., Yadav, N., Chandani Perera, A. D. L., Fukuda, A., Osipov, M. A. & Vij, J. K., 30 Jul 2019, In : Physical Review E. 100, 1, 6 p., 010701.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Liquid Crystal
Electric Field
liquid crystals
electric fields


Frederiks Medal

Mikhail Osipov (Recipient), 26 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

liquid crystals

Hilsum Medal

Mikhail Osipov (Recipient), 31 Mar 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

liquid crystals

Activities 1999 2018

Newton International Fellowships Panel (External organisation)

Mikhail Osipov (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board

Stochastic Spin Systems:models, theory, simulation and real world applications

Mikhail Osipov (Invited speaker)
28 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences