Dr Verena Gortz



Verena is a lecturer in Materials Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry. She came to Lancaster University from the University of York, where she was a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow in the Advanced Functional Materials Group of the Department of Chemistry.

Verena studied for her PhD in the field of polymer chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany. Her research explores the fascinating area of self-organised soft matter, and centres on exploring and exploiting aspects of polymer, colloid, and liquid crystal materials. The aim is to develop micron to nano-structured smart materials with applications in areas such as optical sensing, actuation (artificial muscles), photonics, and stimuli-responsive devices.

Second-harmonic generation and the influence of flexoelectricity in the nematic phases of bent-core oxadiazoles
Addis, J., Kaur, S., Binks, D.J., Dickinson, M.R., Greco, C., Ferrarini, A., Gortz, V.B., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 10/2016 In: Liquid Crystals. 43, 10, p. 1315-1332. 18 p.
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Liquid crystal blue phases: stability, field effects and alignment
Görtz, V. 31/03/2015 In: Liquid Crystals. 42, 5-6, p. 760-771. 12 p.
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Flexoelectricity in an oxadiazole bent-core nematic liquid crystal
Kaur, S., Panov, V.P., Greco, C., Ferrarini, A., Görtz, V., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 2/12/2014 In: Applied Physics Letters. 105, 22, p. 1-4. 4 p.
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The nematic phases of bent-core liquid crystals
Gleeson, H.F., Kaur, S., Görtz, V., Belaissaoui, A., Cowling, S.J., Goodby, J.W. 19/05/2014
Literature review

Electrically tunable refractive index in the dark conglomerate phase of a bent-core liquid crystal
Nagaraj, M., Görtz, V., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 13/01/2014 In: Applied Physics Letters. 104, 5 p.
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Design of biaxial nematic mesogens
Görtz, V., Lehmann, M. 2014 In: Handbook of Liquid Crystals. Wiley-VCH ISBN: 9783527327737. Electronic ISBN: 9783527671403.

Unusual electric-field-induced transformations in the dark conglomerate phase of a bent-core liquid crystal
Nagaraj, M., Usami, K., Zhang, Z., Görtz, V., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 2014 In: Liquid Crystals. 41, 6, p. 800-811. 12 p.
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The influence of structure on the elastic, optical and dielectric properties of nematic phases formed from bent-core molecules
Kaur, S., Liu, H., Addis, J., Greco, C., Ferrarini, A., Görtz, V., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 28/10/2013 In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2013, 40, p. 6667-6676. 10 p.
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The magnitude and temperature dependence of the Kerr constant in liquid crystal blue phases and the dark conglomerate phase
Tian, L., Goodby, J.W., Görtz, V., Gleeson, H.F. 17/09/2013 In: Liquid Crystals. 40, 11, p. 1446-1454. 9 p.
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Control of the director configuration in liquid crystal polymer colloids
Görtz, V. 2013

Understanding the distinctive elastic constants in an oxadiazole bent-core nematic liquid crystal
Kaur, S., Addis, J., Greco, C., Ferrarini, A., Goertz, V., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 5/10/2012 In: Physical Review E. 86, 4, 11 p.
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Nonstandard electroconvection in a bent-core oxadiazole material
Kaur, S., Belaissaoui, A., Goodby, J.W., Goertz, V., Gleeson, H.F. 8/04/2011 In: Physical Review E. 83, 4, 12 p.
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Chiral resolution in bent-core nematic liquid crystals
Görtz, V. 24/11/2010 In: Liquid Crystals Today. 19, 2, p. 37-48. 12 p.
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Liquid crystal elastomer beads
Görtz, V., Bevis, E. 7/10/2010

Optical measurements of orientational order in uniaxial and biaxial nematic liquid crystals
Gleeson, H.F., Southern, C.D., Brimicombe, P.D., Goodby, J.W., Gortz, V. 2010 In: Liquid Crystals. 37, 6-7, p. 949-959. 11 p.
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Revealing the uniaxial to biaxial nematic liquid crystal phase transition via distinctive electroconvection
Xiang, Y., Goodby, J.W., Goertz, V., Gleeson, H.F. 11/05/2009 In: Applied Physics Letters. 94, 19, 3 p.
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Competition, resolution, and rotational motion in frustrated liquid crystals
Goodby, J.W., Cowling, S.J., Gortz, V. 01/2009 In: Comptes Rendus Chimie. 12, 1-2, p. 70-84. 15 p.
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Unusual properties of a bent-core liquid-crystalline fluid
Goertz, V., Southern, C., Roberts, N.W., Gleeson, H.F., Goodby, J.W. 2009 In: Soft Matter. 5, 2, p. 463-471. 9 p.
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Thermotropic biaxial nematic order parameters and phase transitions deduced by Raman scattering
Southern, C.D., Brimicombe, P.D., Siemianowski, S.D., Jaradat, S., Roberts, N., Gortz, V., Goodby, J.W., Gleeson, H.F. 06/2008 In: EPL. 82, 5, 6 p.
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Probing the material properties and phase transitions of ferroelectric liquid crystals by determination of the Landau potential
Archer, P., Dierking, I., Gortz, V., Goodby, J.W. 04/2008 In: The European Physical Journal E. 25, 4, p. 385-393. 9 p.
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Transmission and amplification of information and properties in nanostructured liquid crystals
Goodby, J.W., Saez, I.M., Cowling, S.J., Gortz, V., Draper, M., Hall, A.W., Sia, S., Cosquer, G., Lee, S., Raynes, E.P. 31/03/2008
Literature review

Thermotropic liquid crystalline glycolipids
Goodby, J.W., Goertz, V., Cowling, S.J., Mackenzie, G., Martin, P., Plusquellec, D., Benvegnu, T., Boullanger, P., Lafont, D., Queneau, Y., Chambert, S., Fitremann, J. 2007
Literature review

Study of the SmC alpha(*) phase in the Tokyo mixture by conoscopy using tilted cell
Song, J., Chandani, A.D.L., Panarina, O.E., Fukuda, A., Vij, J.K., Goertz, V., Goodby, J.W. 2006 In: Ferroelectrics. 344, 1, p. 285-291. 7 p.
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Self-assembly of biaxial ordering and molecular tilt angle of chiral smectic liquid crystals in homeotropically aligned cells investigated using infrared spectroscopy
Korlacki, R., Fukuda, A., Vij, J.K., Kocot, A., Görtz, V., Hird, M., Goodby, J.W. 12/10/2005 In: Physical Review E. 72, 4 , 9 p.
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Enantioselective segregation in achiral nematic liquid crystals
Görtz, V., Goodby, J.W. 2005 In: Chemical Communications. 26, p. 3262-3264. 3 p.
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New photosensitive polymers: synthesis and free radical polymerization of oxypyridinium and oxyisoquinolinium functionalized methacrylate and styrene derivatives
Görtz, V., Ritter, H. 21/05/2002 In: Macromolecules. 35, 11, p. 4258-4265. 8 p.
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