- University of Oxford
- United Kingdom
About John Sandford O'Neill
PhD student at the University of Oxford working on next-generation Soft Matter Photonics technologies. My research brings together laser micro-machining and the science & technology of liquid crystals & polymers. I use a titanium-sapphire femtosecond laser to create microscale polymer structures directly inside electrically-controlled liquid crystal devices. In 2019 I was awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Leslie H. Paddle scholarship.
Contributor Nature Comms
We have found a way to fabricate and stabilise topological defects in liquid crystals using laser fabrication. What are topological defects? How can they be used? And what does all of this have to do with fish and mobile phone screens?!