Liquid Crystals - The Luckhurst-Samulski Prize

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The Luckhurst-Samulski Prize

About the prize

The Luckhurst-Samulski Prize was launched in 2009 and awarded for the first time in 2010. The Prize of £1000 is for the best paper published each year in Liquid Crystals and the full terms and conditions of the Prize can be found here. The Prize is intended to be a real stimulus to the liquid crystal community and is presented alternately at either the ILCC or the ECLC, depending on the year.

About Professor Luckhurst and Professor Samulski

The Prize is named in honour of Professors Geoffrey Luckhurst and Ed Samulski, not only in recognition of their roles in founding the Journal but also for their outstanding contributions to liquid crystal science. In 1986, Professors Luckhurst and Samulski together with Taylor & Francis launched Liquid Crystals.

In their Editorial in the very first issue they commented that the study of liquid crystals 'is a burgeoning field of interdisciplinary endeavour and now is an exciting time to be involved in liquid crystal research'. Some 20 years later, in an editorial marking two decades of the journal, they reflected that 'these words seem as true today as when they were written 20 years ago'. This vibrancy has helped to underpin the continuing success of Liquid Crystals, which has remained faithful to the vision of its founding editors to serve the needs of the liquid crystal community to share its ideas. The Editor and Publishers view this Prize as providing a further stimulus to this activity.

Professor Luckhurst was educated at the Universities of Hull and Cambridge, obtaining his PhD from the latter on solution effects in EST spectroscopy. He then became the ESR spectroscopist at the Varian Research Laboratories in Zürich before, in 1967, joining the faculty of the University of Southampton, where he currently holds the title of Emeritus Professor. His many honours and distinctions include being a former President and Honoured Member of the International Liquid Crystal Society, and recipient of the Gray Medal of the British Liquid Crystal Society and the Fredericksz Medal and Diploma of the Russian Liquid Crystal Society.

Professor Samulski obtained his PhD from Princeton University and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Groningen and Texas. In 1972 he was appointed to the faculty at the University of Connecticut and in 1987 moved to the University of North Carolina. His numerous distinctions include most recently becoming a State Department Jefferson Science Fellow.

Year Author(s) Article Title Volume Issue
2020 Jordan P. Abberley, Rebecca Walker, John M. D. Storey, Corrie T. Imrie Molecular structure and the twist-bend nematic phase: the role of terminal chains 47 8
2019 Cruickshank E, Salamonczyk M, Pociecha D, Strachan GJ, Storey JMD, Wang C, Feng J, Zhu CH, Gorecka E, Imrie CT Sulfur-linked cyanobiphenyl-based liquid crystal dimers and the twist-bend nematic phase 46 10
2018 Carsten Tschierske Mirror symmetry breaking in liquids and liquid crystals 45 13-15
2017 Corrie T Imrie, Daniel A Paterson, Jordan P Abberley, William TA Harrison & John MD Storey Cyanobiphenyl-based liquid crystal dimers and the twist-bend nematic phase 44 1
2017 Geoffrey R Luckhurst and Edward T Samulski The 2017 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 45 12
2016 Alya A. Dawood, Martin C. Grossel, Geoffrey R. Luckhurst, Robert M. Richardson. Bakir A. Timimi, Neil J. Wells & Yousif Z. Yousif. On the twist-bend nematic phase formed directly from the isotropic phase 43 1
2016 Corrie T Imrie The 2016 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 44 11
2015 Ali Alshomrany & Noel A. Clark Fisheye lens conoscopy 42 3
2015 Corrie T Imrie The 2015 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 43 11
2014 Hideo Takezoe & Fumito Araoka Polar columnar liquid crystals 41 3
2014 Corrie T Imrie The 2014 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 42 11
2013 P. Pieranski et al. Generation of umbilics by magnets and flows 40 12
2013 Corrie T Imrie The 2013 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 41 11
2012 Stephen J. Picken et al. Uniaxial to biaxial nematic phase transition in a bent-core thermotropic liquid crystal by polarising microscopy 39 1
2012 Corrie T Imrie The 2012 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 40 11
2011 Miha Škarabot et al. Atomic force microscope based method of measuring short cholesteric pitch in liquid crystals 38 8
2011 Corrie T Imrie The 2011 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 39 10
2010 A. Jákli Electro-mechanical effects in liquid crystals 37 6-7
2010 Corrie T Imrie The 2010 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 38 3
2009 John W. Goodby et al. Molecular complexity and the control of self-organising processes 36 6-7
2009 Corrie T Imrie The 2009 Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 37 5

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