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Molecular simulation of liquid crystals

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2391-2417
Number of pages27
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number18
Early online date7 May 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Apr 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 7 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - 17 Sep 2019


This article reviews recent progress in the computer simulation of liquid crystals at the molecular level. It covers the use of simple rigid-body models of the constituent molecules, and more detailed modelling via atomistic force fields. Bulk mesophases, inhomogeneous systems, and interfaces are discussed. Recent progress in calculating elastic properties and dynamics is summarised. As well as presenting an overview, some specific topics of recent interest are highlighted: the biaxial nematic phase, chiral phases, ionic liquid crystals, and charge-transfer systems.

    Research areas

  • Liquid crystals, molecular dynamics, molecular simulation, Monte Carlo


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