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Welcome to Essen GLCC 2024

The 50th German Liquid Crystal Conference is going to be hosted from the 13th to 15th of March 2024 at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Essen!

Contact details:

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Michael Giese
Conference Chair GLCC 2024

Administrative assistant:
Andrea Nusselt
+49 201 183 3097

Nina Harder
+49 201 183 3096


Wednesday - 13.03.2024


Registration – Coffee / Tea


Opening Ceremony


Prof. Michael Giese


Prof. Dr. Heinz Kitzerow: 50th German Liquid Crystal Conference – A Personal Perspective


O-01 – Dr. Mariia Nesterkina: Chiral Liquid-Crystalline Nanoarchitectures: A Gateway to Controlled Drug Delivery for Skin Applications


O-02 – Yang Xiao: Photonic films fabricated from xanthan aqueous solution


O-03 – Pascal Weinberger: Weakly coordinating borate anions as ionic liquid crystals

14:45 – 15:30

Coffee / Tea


Prof. Dr. Sabine Laschat


O-04 Jana Tietze: Dynamic Covalent Photoswitches – Controlling Liquid Crystals by Light


O-05 Christian Anders, Virginia-Marie Fischer: Spacer Influence Between Chain Volume And Rod-like Core On The Mesophase Transitions Of Bolapolyphiles


Laudatio - Prof. Dr. Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow


Daniel-Vorländer Lecture – Dr. Eva Otón:
Curious Structures based on Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystal Systems


Poster Appetizer 1

17:10 – 19:10

Poster Session 1 / Odd Posters



Thursday - 14.03.2023




I-01 Prof. Dr. Danqing Liu:

Interactive liquid crystal polymers for 2D robotic functions


O-06 Alexander Jarosik: Magneto- and electrooptical effects in the ferroelectric nematic phase in bulk and confinement


O-07 Michael Herbst: Micaellar lyotropic liquid crystalline physical gels - a new kind of anisotropic hydrogels


O-08 Thorben Neumann: Exploring the Potential of Dynamic Covalent Bonds for the Design of Liquid Crystals with adaptive Properties

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee / Tea


Dr. Johanna Bruckner


I-02 Prof. Dr. Nathalie Katsonis: Life-like morphological transitions in liquid crystal droplets


O-09 Katja Noll: Copying Nature – Impact of DNA Bases on the Self-Assembly of Star Mesogens


O-10 Florian Kolb: The Biological Source Matters – Chitin Nanocrystals From Different Organisms And Their Liquid Crystalline Behavior

12:10 – 14:00



Prof. Dr. Frank Giesselmann


O-11 Zhuoqing Li: How do ionic superdiscs self-assemble in nanopores?


O-12 Dr. Christoph Klopp: Coalescence of biphasic droplets embedded in free standing smectic A films


Poster Appetizer 2

15:00 – 17:00

Coffee / Tea – Poster 2 / Even Posters


Prof. Dr. Michael Giese

17:00 – 17:10

Laudatio - Prof. Dr. Matthias Lehmann

17:10 – 17:40

Saupe Award Lecture – Prof. Dr. Albert Schenning:
Stimuli-responsive Materials based on Liquid Crystal Polymers

17:45 – 19:00

Board Meeting


Conference Dinner

Friday - 15.03.2023




I-03 Prof. Dr. Paul van der Schoot:
Tactoids Large and Small: Impact of an Electric Field


O-13 Max Oliver Dombrowski: Time dependence of gel formation in lyotropic nematic liquid crystals: from hours to weeks


O-14 Prof. Kai Zhang: Constraining the liquid crystal phase of polysaccharide nanocrystals for optical materials


O-15 Adrian Haag (Co-Creation Lab Product Innovations): Shaping Tomorrow: A Brief Introduction to the Technologies of Polymer 3D Printing

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee / Tea


Prof. Jens Voskuhl


I-04 Prof. Dr. Anne Staubitz:
Photoactuation of Polymer Films with Photoactive LC Phases


O-16 Prof. Dr. Marco Saccone: Resonance-assisted Hydrogen Bonding as a Tool for the Stabilization of LC Phases


O-17 Prof. Dr. Hamid Latif: Functionalized Single Walled Carbon Nanotube based Liquid Crystals for SWCNTS/SI Hetero-Junction Solar Cells

12:25 – 13.00

Student Awards and Closing of the Conference



We are pleased to announce that the German Liquid Crystals Conference 2024 is now open for registration.

Register and submit your abstract here: https://www.conftool.com/glcc2024/

Registration Deadline: 22. February 2024

Registered delegates are able to attend all conference talks, poster sessions and exhibitions. The registration fee includes coffee breaks, the conference dinner and a visit of the coking plant of mine Zollverein followed by a “Ruhrgebiets”-snack – “Currywurst Pommes” (as well as vegan alternative).

Cancellation conditions: 100 % refund before 1.02.2024; 50 % refund before 26.02.2024. We cannot offer refunds after 26.02.2024.

Note: Accommodations must be booked separately. The accommodation page provides information on different hotels and the distance to the planned conference location.

Each participant will need to make his own reservation.

Registration Fee

Status group Early-bird registration
(until 22.02.2024)
Late registration
(after 22.02.2024)     
Regular (non-members of the DFKG) 290 € 320 €
Members of DFKG 250 € 270 €
PhD Students / Postdocs 150 € 170 €
Staff Free Free



The 50th German Liquid Crystal Conference will be held on the Campus of the University Duisburg-Essen located in the north of Essen close to the city center.

The auditorium is on the ground floor of the buildung S07.

Hörsaal S07 S00 D06
Universität Duisburg – Essen
Faculty of Chemistry
Universitätsstraße 7
45141 Essen

Campus Essen
The campus in Essen
The Building S07







Campus Map

Lageplan Campus-essen-crop-small



Here is a list of recommended accommodation possibilities:

Flowers Hotel  1,3 km by foot – 2 km by car https://flowershotels.de/essen 
Premier Inn Hotel Am Limbecker Platz 1,1 km by foot – 1,5 km by car https://www.premierinn.com/de/de/hotels/deutschland/nordrhein-westfalen/essen/essen-city-limbecker-platz.html
Ramada By Wyndham 1,4 km by foot – 3,4 km by car https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/de-de/ramada/essen-germany/ramada-essen/overview
Novum Hotel Ambassador 1,3 km by foot – 2,3 km by car https://www.novum-hotels.com/hotel-ambassador-essen
Wohnzimmer Essen Steele 4,3 km by car https://wohnzimmer-essen.com/


Arrival by train or by plane

Several bus lines and S-Bahn lines are going to the University of Duisburg – Essen.
The Düsseldorf airport is connected to the Essen main station via train and S-Bahn.
A comfortable connection might be:

  • RE6 and RE2 (regional Express): Düsseldorf Airport to Essen main station (25 minutes)
    Subway lines U11 and U17: Essen main station to Universität station (5 minutes)
    4 minutes-walk to the yellow building S07



The City of Essen

Essen has undergone an enormous development over the centuries: from a medieval settlement with a monastery for the ladies of the high nobility to one of the world´s most important centers of the coal and steel industry to a modern metropolis in which globally active companies from the fields of administration, health, trade and services have found their home.

Essen really offers exciting contrasts:
Industrial culture at the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein.
High culture at the Museum Folkwang, the Philharmonie, the Aalto theatre and of course the Villa Hügel, former residence of the Krupp family.
Huge recreation areas as the Lake Baldeney, the Ruhr river and several hiking trails.
Essen is one of the greenest cities in Germany!

© Elke Brochhagen, Stadt Essen