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Professor Jagdish Vij

Honorary Professor of Electro.Materials (Electronic & Elect. Engineering)

Jagdish K Vij was educated in Panjab University Chandigarh. This was one of the top best public universities in North India at the time. The campus was designed by the well known French architect Le Corbuiser and it occupies some 550 acres of land in the heart of the then most modern and planned city internationally. The university had a number of Halls of residences with single rooms with excellent facilities for students available on a nominal rent. He spent 8 years from 1961 to 1969 at the campus of Panjab University. He was a post-doctoral research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) from 1971-74 and researched in the dielectric properties of materials at high pressures with Professors Garrett and Brendan Scaife. His work was published in high impact factor Journals of the time. They were one of the first group to be able to measure both permittivity and density of fluids at the same time. He lectured in a number of universities before being appointed to a Lectureship in Engineering Science (Electronic and Electrical Engineering)in TCD in 1979. He was elected as a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1983. He lectured on Electro-technology (basic course on Electrical Engineering) for all Engineers, Analog Electronics and Electronic Materials. He was promoted to be a Professor in Engineering Science in 1990 and was appointed to the chair of Electronic Materials in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1999. He was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy as one out of four in Sciences in that year. He has published some 320 papers on Electronic Materials and related instrumentation in high impact factor International Journals. These include two papers in Nature Communications, two in Advanced Materials, two in Advanced Functional Materials and four in IEEE Transactions. More than 50% of the papers are published in American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics Journals. In addition, he and his group have presented some 250 papers at international conferences. He made a number of seminal contributions to millimetre and submillimeter (THz) wave electrical measurements, to glass science in terms of slow and fast dynamics and science of glass transition. He moved on to the field of liquid crystals where he and his group made many seminal contributions in almost all areas of liquid crystals science and technology. Recently they discovered a twist-bend nematic phase as well as discovered a number of new dynamic modes and subphases in antiferroelectric liquid crystals. He has been an invited speaker at a number of international conferences. At the end of December 2016, he had Google h-index of 36, and Web of Science h-index of 33. He holds two patents on the applications of liquid crystals with some members of his research group.
 Strategic project on nanofoam morphology
 Applied Research on low k
 INTEL postgraduate studentship for 3 years
 Basic Research Program on ferroelectric liquid crystals
 Liquid Crystalline Dendrimers

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Associate Editor Journal of Information Displays, published by Taylor and Francis 2016 -
Member of Editorial Board: Liquid Crystals (the International Journal on anisotropic fluids) published by Francis and Taylor, UK. 1998-2008
Guest Editor of Volumes: 610 to 613 (2015) of Molecular Crystals Liquid Crystals, published by Taylor and Francis Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings of ILCC 2014
Guest editor of 4 Volumes of Ferroelectrics (Volumes 309-312) published by Taylor and Francis in 2004. 2004
Reviewer: For papers on liquid crystals, liquids and solids for various international journals including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review, International Journal of Liquid Crystals, Ferroelectrics, Liquid crystals, Journal of Molecular Liquids and the Journals of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society and external examiners for Ph.D.'s in Canada, UK, Poland and India. Reviewer of NSF, Canadian Research Council, Science Foundation of Greece and INTAS projects on liquid crystals
Member Editorial Board: Molecular Materials published by Gordon and Breach, USA. 1994-2004
Member Editorial Board, Ceylon Journal of Science published by Peradeniya, University, Sri Lanka 2016 -
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Member American Physical Society
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S. P. Sreenilayam, V. P. Panov, J. K. Vij, G. Shanker, The NTB phase in an achiral asymmetrical bent-core liquid crystal terminated with symmetric alkyl chains, Liquid Crystals, 44, (1), 2017, p244 - 253, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
V. P. Panov, J. K. Vij J.K, G. H. Mehl , Twist-bend nematic phase in cyanobiphenyls and difluoroterphenyls bimesognes, Liquid Crystals, 44, (1), 2017, p147 - 159, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
S. P. Sreenilayam, D. M. Agra-Kooijman, V. P. Panov, V. Swaminathan, J. K. Vij, Yu. P. Panarin, A. Kocot, A. Panov, D. Rodriguez-Lojo, P. J. Stevenson, Michael R. Fisch, and Satyendra Kumar, Phase behavior and characterization of heptamethyltrisiloxane-based de Vries smectic liquid crystal by electro-optics, x rays, and dielectric spectroscopy, Physical Review E, 95, 2017, p032701-1 - 032701-11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jin-Kun Guo, Jagdish K. Vij, and Jang-Kun Song, Tunable Transfer of Molecules between Liquid Crystal Microdroplets and Control of Photonic Crystallinity in Isolated Microdroplets, Advanced Optical Materials, 2017, p1700119-1 - 1700119-7, Notes: [DOI: 10.1002/adom.201700119], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
V. Swaminathan, and V. P. Panov, and Y. P. Panarin, and S. P. Sreenilayam,and J. K. Vij and A. Panov and D. Rodriguez-Lojo and P. J. Stevenson and E. Gorecka, The effect of chiral doping in achiral smectic liquid crystals on the de Vries characteristics: smectic layer thickness, electro-optics and birefringence, Liquid Crystals, 2017, p1-9 , Notes: [cited By 0; Article in Press], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
A. Kocot and J. K. Vij and T. S. Perova and K. Merkel and V. Swaminathan and S. P. Sreenilayam and N. Yadav and V. P. Panov and P. J. Stevenson and A. Panov and D. Rodriguez-Lojo, Observation of the de Vries behavior in SmAâ^- phase of a liquid crystal using polarised Raman scattering and infrared spectroscopy, Journal of Chemical Physics, 147, (9), 2017, p094903-, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
V. P. Panov. and S. P. Sreenilayam, and Y. P. Panarin, and J. K. Vij, and C. J. Welch and G. H. Mehl, Characterization of the Submicrometer Hierarchy Levels in the Twist-Bend Nematic Phase with Nanometric Helices via Photopolymerization. Explanation for the Sign Reversal in the Polar Response, ACS Nano Letters, 17, (12), 2017, p7515-7519 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Yu. P. Panarin, S. P. Sreenilayam, J. K. Vij, A. Lehmann, C. Tschierske, A fast linear electro-optical effect in a non-chiral bent-core liquid crystal, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 5, 2017, p12585 - 12590, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
A.D.L. Chandani Perera, A. Fukuda, J. K. Vij, and Y. Takanishi, Ferrielectric six-layer qE =1/3 (qT =2/3) and several field-induced subphases in AS657 studied by complementary methods, electric-field induced birefringence and microbeam resonant x-ray scattering, Liquid Crystals, 44, 2017, p1787 - 1805, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
S. P. Sreenilayam, and D. Rodriguez-Lojo, and V. P. Panov, and V. Swaminathan, and J. K. Vij andY. P. Panarin. and E. Gorecka, and A. Panov and P. J. Stevenson, Design and investigation of de Vries liquid crystals based on 5-phenyl-pyrimidine and (R,R)-2,3-epoxyhexoxy backbone, Physical Review E, 96, (4), 2017, p042701-1 - 042701-13, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Advances in microwave and submillimetre wave dielectric spectroscopic techniques and their applications in, editor(s)M.W. Evans , Dynamical Processes in Condensed Matter, Wiley Interscience, 1985, pp775 - 837, [F. Hufnagel], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
The macroscopic properties of dielectrics and their interpretation in terms of correlation functions in, editor(s)W.T. Coffey, M.W. Evans and P. Grigolini , Molecular Diffusion and Spectra, NY, John Wiley & Sons, 1984, pp197 - 213, [W.T. Coffey], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
On the origin of nonlinear equations for the potential and current density in a semiconductor in, editor(s)J.J.H. Miller , NASCODE III Lecture Notes, Boole Press, 1983, pp24 - 40, [W.T. Coffey, J. K. Vij], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Fellow Trinity College Dublin 1983
Senior Fulbright Fellow 1990
Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) 1999
Distinguished Guest Chair Professor, SKK University, Suwon, Korea Dec 2012 to August 31 2013
Associate Editor Journal of Information Displays (Taylor and Francis) Jan 1 2017
I specialize in the field of electro-optical and spectroscopic properties of liquid crystals for applications in photonics and displays. Our current interest is focused on investigating de Vries smectics which should exhibit almost zero layer shrinkage in going from SmA to SmC* phase. Our secondary interest is in discovering new temperature induced and field induced subphases in antiferroelectric liquid crystals other than the standard 2, 3 and 4 layers. We discovered a number of field induced suphases. We discovered 5 layer, 7 layer and 8 layer temperature induced subphases. These have now been verified by resonant X-rays. In the recent past we discovered the twist-bend nematic phase in bimesogens/dimers based on cyanobiphenyls and difuoroterphenyls. I have been the Project Co-ordinator and the Principal Investigator of two large EU projects on Liquid Crystals, Science Programme (1990-93) and the Human Capital and mobility programme (1994-97). Both of these projects were approved by the Science/Physics Committee of the EU. Under the 5th programme, I was a partner in two projects (i) Liquid Crystalline dendrimers and (ii) Synclinic and Anticlinic (SAMPA) Liquid Crystals. These were successfully completed. I was granted a two year project by the American Chemical Society on glass science in 1999. In 2000, I was also awarded a basic research grant to work on the dynamic pyroelectric effect, strategic project on low k, and 2 Science Foundation of Ireland grants. I was awarded 2 major projects of ~1.35 M Euro by the Science Foundation of Ireland, under one of which Professor A. Fukuda was appointed for two years as a SFI Research Professor. Under FP7 I was one of the 7 PI's in a BIND project. The project started in Feb. 2008. Trinity share of the total budget was over Euro 400,000. This project was completed in Feb 2012.As a result of these projects, important discoveries were made by my research group. The notable one is twist-bend nematic phase. I had two TIDA projects in 2010 and 2012. Funding in each of these was of the order of Euro 95,000. These were successfully completed too. The other Research Professors appointed were Professor Antoni Kocot [2008-2009] (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland) and Professor S. Kumar (2012-2013) RRI, Bangalore, India. These collaborative grants were awarded on the basis of the throughput of my research group. I have currently SFI PI project under Ireland -US collaborative project 2014-2017 on de Vries smectics. We have published extensively in top ranking Journals.