Venkatesh Gude featured ILCS liquid crystal artist, April 2020

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Venkatesh Gude received his Ph. D. in Chemistry from Assam University-Silchar in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Nandiraju V S Rao. Subsequently, he moved to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)-Kolkata to work as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Prasun Kumar Mandal. Since 2017, he is a post-doctoral researcher working with Prof. Kumar Biradha in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kharagpur. His research interests include optical properties of soft matter, in particular, liquid crystals, carbon dots etc. and mechanical properties of fluorescent organic single crystals.
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This picture was captured during in cooling cycle from isotropic state of bent-core mesogen. This picture consist of spiral smectic filaments of various types which mean single or double coil containing left handed and (or) right handed spiral filaments. This is a typical characteristic texture of banana phase (B7).
Jury comment: I do like the aesthetics of your yellow/green spirals on a black blackgound, showing the filament structures, both right handed as well as left handed. of the B7 phase.