Ivan I. SmalyukhDirector
Topological solitons, knotted matter, predesigned building blocks of matter
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, Department of Physics and Renewable Sustainable Energy Institute, Professor
Ivan Smalyukh’s research spans from liquid crystals, to magnets, colloids, metamaterials, bacterial biofilms, knot topology, chirality, photonics, renewable energy, and new characterization techniques. He experimentally discovered liquid crystal hopfions and helikonotons and new condensed matter phases like monoclinic nematics and biaxial colloidal ferromagnets. Smalyukh developed materials for unusual thermoelectrics and waste heat recovery and transparent aerogels to boost efficiency of building envelopes.