Ivan I. Smalyukh is an Asst. Professor at the Department of Physics and the Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from Kent State University and a PhD in Optics and Laser Physics from the Supreme Attestation Commission of Ukraine. He serves on the SPIE Scholarships Committee and is a secretary of the Great Lakes SPIE Regional Chapter. Professor Smalyukh has over 40 refereed publications and two chapters in books, and has been teaching graduate-level University courses and conference short courses on optical characterization techniques, liquid crystal physics, as well as electro-optic and photonic applications of liquid crystals. His contributions in the fields of liquid crystal physics and laser imaging and trapping techniques have been recognized by the Glenn H. Brown Prize of the International Liquid Crystal Society and numerous other awards, prizes, and fellowships from other International Societies. Prof. Smalyukh leads an interdisciplinary research group which utilizes and develops powerful optical imaging and laser manipulation techniques to study physics phenomena in soft condensed matter and biological systems. His scientific interests encompass molecular and colloidal self-assembly, fundamental properties of liquid crystals, Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) polarized microscopy, confocal and two-photon fluorescence imaging, laser trapping and manipulation, electro-optic and photonic phenomena in liquid crystals, polymers, nano-structured and other functional materials, as well as their applications. Professor Ivan I. Smalyukh has chaired two International conferences in the field of optics of liquid crystals and has been an invited and plenary speaker at numerous international conferences.
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