de Pablo Group: Ye Zhou

PhD Candidate

de Pablo Group


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    Searle Laboratory 428
    5735 S Ellis Ave
    Chicago, IL 60637

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Liquid Crystals (LCs) are materials with properties between those of conventional liquids and those of conventional solids. Their impact on modern technology is significant.

She mainly focuses on simulation approaches based on continuum models. In the following years, there are three directions that she would like to explore. The first is to investigate the behavior of chiral LC droplets under the influence of interfacial perturbations, inclusion of particles for example, and how this will lead to morphological transitions at longer scales. The second is to explore the blue phases trapped inside chiral LC droplets and their potential applications. A third goal is to develop new methods to simulate the behavior of polymeric LCs in confined geometries and their response to interfacial cues.


Ye Zhou is from Zhoushan, China. In 2011, she got a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University. During her undergraduation studies, she joined Prof. Jian Pei's research lab of Molecular Materials and Polymers. After that, she spent two years in Paris, France and got her M.S. from Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI). In her second year at ESPCI, she did an internship in Rhodia/Solvay in Bristol, Pennsylvania for six months in its Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter laboratory. In 2013, she entered Chemistry Department of the University of Chicago. She will soon be a PhD candidate in Chemistry.

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