Invited Speakers

  1. "LC photoalignment and photopatterning: past present and future"
    Prof. Vladimir Chigrinov, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK
  2. "Modeling the light-induced surface patterning of azopolymer films: recent advances and open problems"
    Prof Lorenzo Marrucci, Universita' di Napoli Federico II, Italy

  3. "Fine structure of Surface Relief Gratings: experiment, Monte-Carlo simulations and stochastic modeling"
    Prof Antoni Mitus, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

  4. "Photochromic molecules for all-optical switching"
    Prof Jarosław Myśliwiec,
    Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

  5. "Large amplitude photo-induced molecular migration in azo-materials"
    Prof Jean-Michel Nunzi,
    Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

  6. "Photomechanical effects at subwavelength scale in azobenzene containing materials"
    Prof Jacques Peretti,
    CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique, C´edex, France

  7. "Multiscale Optical Imaging of Complex Fields Based on the Use of Azobenzene Nanomotors"
    Prof Jerome Plain,
    Univ Technol Troyes, CNRS, France

  8. "Photoinduced Surface Patterning in Azo-Polymers: How Can Non-Covalent Intermolecular Interactions Serve Us?"
    Prof. Arri Priimagi, Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

  9. "Wavelength dependent photoalignment in azobenzene polymers"
    Prof. P.S. Ramanujam, Technical University Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark

  10. "Advances in Experimental Methods to Probe Surface Relief Grating Formation Mechanism in Photosensitive Materials"
    Prof Svetlana Santer, University of Potsdam, Germany

  11. "Photofluidization in azobenzene materials: myth or reality?"
    Prof. Marina Saphiannikova, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany

  12. "Photoalignment of liquid crystalline polymer films with mesoscopic architectures"
    Prof Takahiro Seki,
    Nagoya University, Japan

  13. "Polarization Elements due to Bulk Photo-Alignment of LC Polymers"
    Prof Joachim Stumpe,
    Fraunhofer Inst Appl Polymer Res IAP, Golm, Germany

  14. "Light-induced reorientation of azobenzene chromophores as a driving force of material deformation"
    Prof. Vladimir Toshchevikov, Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Germany

  15. "Computer Simulation of Liquid Crystals close to a Surface"
    Prof. Claudio Zannoni, Universita' di Bologna, Italy

  16. "Light-induced complex surface patterning of azobenzene-containing polymers"
    Prof. Antonio Ambrosio, Universita' di Napoli Federico II, Italy

  17. "Photophysical and photo-physicochemical molecular alignment methods"
    Prof. Atsushi Shishido, Tokyo Institute of Technology

  18. "Liquid crystal patterns originating from structured alignment"
    Prof. Kristiaan Neyts, Liquid Crystals and Photonics Group, Ghent University, Belgium

  19. "Photomolecular motions on azopolymer nano-objects: Toward new applications for photonics and biology"
    Prof. Régis Barillé , University of Angers, France

  20. "Plastic Photonic Memories"
    Prof. Riccardo Castagna, NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze CNR, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

  21. "Photoalignment with feedback"
    Prof. Nelson Tabiryan, BEAM Engineering, USA

  22. "Liquid crystal devices for THz applications based on photoalignment technology"
    Prof. Yanqing Lu,
    Nanjing University, China

  23. "Field-induced Bragg diffraction in polymer-stabilized liquid crystals with vertical alignment"
    Prof. Liang-Chy Chien,
    Kent State University, USA

  24. "Dimerization behavior of new photo-alignment materials having cinnamate moiety"
    Prof. Hiroshi Hasebe,
    Liquid Crystal Materials Technical Dept., DIC Corp., Japan

  25. "Phase transition between helical and spatially homogeneous states of a ferroelectric liquid crystal caused by change of the order parameter of photo-anisotropic boundary surfaces"
    Prof. Evgeny Pozhidaev,
    P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

  26. "A new class of Photoalignment materials"
    Prof. Lachezar Komitov,
    University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  27. "Modeling of the light beam induced patterning of a nematic disclination profile"
    Prof. Slobodan Zumer,
    University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  28. "Liquid crystal photoalignment: from discovery to first industrial products"
    Prof. Oleg Yaroshchuk,
    Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

  29. "Electro-photo-rheology of liquid crystals"
    Prof. Sergey Pasechnik,
    Moscow State University of Instrument Engineering and Computer Science, Russia

  30. "Cis-trans photoisomerization in nematic and cholesteric mesophases:
    physical chemistry, molecular models and novel implications"

    Prof. Longin Lisetski,
    Institute for Scintillation Materials of STC, "Institute for Single
    Crystals", National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

  31. "Liquid crystal diffractive optical elements utilized photoalignment"
    Prof. Sergiy Valyukh, Linkoping University, Sweden

  32. "Multifunctional photosensitive liquid crystalline lactic acid derivatives"
    Prof. Alexey Bubnov, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

  33. "Light-induced reordering in azo-dye films: models and mechanisms behind

    Prof. Alexei D. Kiselev, Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

  34. "Photothermal effect can work for light-controlled complex deformation and motion of polymers"
    Prof. Yue Zhao, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

  35. "Directional Photofluidization and Micro/Nanostructural Evolution"
    Prof. Seungwoo Lee, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Suwon, Republic of Korea

  36. "Self-assembled photoalignment layer for LCD"
    Prof. Li Xuan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  37. "The role of surface morphology in photo-alignment of liquid crystal on polymer and chalcogenide glass films"
    Prof. Satyendra Kumar, Kent State University, USA

  38. "Azo Dye Photoalignment Layers for Liquid Crystals Using a Thin Surface-Localized Polymer-Stabilization Layer"
    Prof. Philip Bos, Kent State University, USA