Liquid Crystal Institute

Photo of Peter Palffy-Muhoray

Peter Palffy-Muhoray

Professor, Chemical Physics

Associate Director, Liquid Crystal Institute

phone: 330-672-2604

FAX:  330-672-2796

Research Interests:

Currently, I am interested in the following topics:

  •  liquid crystal elastomers 
  •  negative index materials
  •  mirrorless lasing in liquid crystals
  •  failure and breakdown

Group Members:

Chris Grabowski
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Greg Richards
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lei Kang
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Maxim Ignatenko
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Misha Pevnyi
Graduate Student

Stephan Woods
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Cheng Cheng
Graduate Student


  •  Xiaoyu Zheng                 Department of Mathematical Sciences, KSU
  •  Michael Shelley              Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
  •  Bahman Taheri               AlphaMicron, Inc.


Current outreach efforts include interactions with undergraduates
as well high school students.
mentioned in Howstuffworks

Some Representative Publications:

Disordered, quasicrystalline and crystalline phases of densely packed tetrahedra Nature 462, 773 (2009) 
Liquid crystals: Printed actuators in a flap Nature Materials (News and Views) 8, 614 - 615 (2009)
The diverse world of liquid crystals Physics Today 60 (9), 54 (2007)
Distance of closest approach of two arbitrary hard ellipses in two dimensions Phys. Rev. E, 75, 061709 (2007)
Fast liquid-crystal elastomer swims into the dark Nature Materials 3, 307 (2004)
A dunking bird of the second kind Am. J. Phys. 72, 782 (2004)
Lasing in a three-dimensional photonic crystal of the liquid crystal blue phase II Nature Materials 1, 111 (2002)
Tunable Mirrorless Lasing in Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Elastomers Adv. Mater. 13, 1069 (2001)

Science News:

  How water splashes atop your shoes New Scientist, March 26 (2009) Nature, March 17 (2009)!-trucje-tegen-natte-schoenen.htm Dutch TV, March 26 (2009) Livescience, March 24 (2009)
  Bubbles and beer bottles: an explosive combination Inside science news service, arch 18 (2009) Cocktail party physics, March 24 (2009)


Fall 2007:  Liquid Crystal Materials (CPHY-72250)
Spring 2008: LC Optics and Photonics (CPHY-74495)
Remote Lecture

Useful Links:

Physics Today - September 2007