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
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2014


  • defect dynamics
  • active colloids
  • spontaneous flows
  • multi-scale modelling
  • active liquid crystals


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