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What we do

By studying simple molecular models, we can test a range of theories at a fundamental level. For example, we compare our simulations with Onsager's theory of liquid crystal ordering, and with kinetic theories of dynamical properties. Moreover, we can begin to understand how certain features of molecular interactions are related to particular bulk properties, some of which (particularly in the liquid crystal field) are technologically important.

This improved understanding will be helpful to synthetic chemists in the future: we hope to be able to say which molecular features lead to desirable liquid crystal properties and which do not.