Antal Jákli

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Antal István Jákli
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Born (1958-10-03) 3 October 1958 (age 60)
ResidenceKent, Ohio
NationalityHungarian, American
Alma materEötvös Loránd University, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Known forBent-core liquid crystals
Scientific career
InstitutionsKent State University
Doctoral advisorÁgnes Buka

Antal I. "Tony" Jákli (born 3 October 1958) is a Hungarian-American physicist and professor of Chemical Physics at Kent State University. He is known for his work with bent-core,[1][2] flexoelectric, and ferroelectric liquid crystals.

Education and career[edit]

Jákli received a Master of Science in 1983 and later a Ph.D. in 1986 in Physics from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.[3] After postdoctoral fellowships with Alfred Saupe at Kent State University from 1989 to 1992 and at the Max Planck Institute in Halle, Germany, from 1993 to 1995, he became a research fellow at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics in Budapest. He was later awarded a D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2000.

He moved to the United States in 1999 to join the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University as a research fellow. He became an assistant professor there in 2004, receiving tenure in 2007 and a promotion to full professorship in 2012.


His current research interests include studies of bent-core and other liquid crystals with reduced symmetry, electrospun responsive fibers and mats, flexoelectricity and piezoelectricity, small-scale rheometry, blue phases, and surface interactions of liquid crystals.


  • S. M. Salili, M. G. Tamba, S. N. Sprunt, C. Welch, G. H. Mehl, A. Jákli, J. T. Gleeson, "Anomalous Increase in Nematic-Isotropic Transition Temperature in Dimer Molecules Induced by Magnetic Field", Physical Review Letters, 116 (21), 217801, 2016. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.217801.
  • S. M. Salili, T. Ostapenko, O. Kress, C. Bailey, W. Weissflog, K. Harth, A. Eremin, R. Stannarius, A. Jákli, "Rupture and Recoil of Bent-Core Liquid Crystal Filaments", Soft Matter, 12 (21), 4725-4730, 2016. doi: 10.1039/C6SM00290K
  • H. Shahsavan, S. M. Salili, A. Jákli, B. Zhao, "Smart Muscle-driven Self-cleaning of Biomimetic Microstructures from Liquid Crystal Elastomers", Advanced Materials, vol. 27 (43) p. 6828–6833, 2015. doi: 10.1002/adma.201503203
  • Salili, S. M.; Kim, C.; Sprunt, S.; Gleeson, J. T.; Parri, O.; Jákli, A. (2014). "Flow properties of a twist-bend nematic liquid crystal". RSC Advances. 4: 57419. doi:10.1039/c4ra10008e.
  • Zhang, C.; Diorio, N.; Lavrentovich, O.D.; Jákli, A. (2014). "Helical nanofilaments of bent-core liquid crystals with a second twist". Nature Communications. 5 (3302): 1–8. doi:10.1038/ncomms4302. PMID 24548912.
  • Borshch, V.; Kim, Y.K.; Xiang, J.; Gao, M.; Jákli, A.; Panov, V. P.; Vij, J. K.; Imrie, C. T.; Tamba, M. G.; Mehl, G. H.; Lavrentovich, O.D. (2013). "Nematic twist-bend phase with nanoscale modulation of molecular orientation". Nature Communications. 4 (2635): 1–8. doi:10.1038/ncomms3635. PMC 3831290. PMID 24189583.
  • Zhang, C.; Gao, M.; Diorio, N.; Weissflog, W.; Baumeister, U.; Sprunt, S.; Gleeson, J.T.; Jákli, A. (2012). "Direct observation of smectic layers in thermotropic liquid crystals". Phys. Rev. Lett. 109: 107802. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.109.107802.
  • A. Jákli, A. Saupe, One and Two Dimensional Fluids – Physical Properties of Smectic Lamellar and Columnar Liquid Crystals (2006) ISBN 0-7503-0969-5
  • Huang, C.; Zhang, Q.; Jákli, A. (2003). "Nematic anisotropic liquid crystal gels – self-assembled nanocomposites with high electromechanical response". Advanced Functional Materials. 13 (7): 525–529. doi:10.1002/adfm.200304322.
  • Jákli, A.; Huang, Y.M.; Fodor-Csorba, K.; Vajda, A.; Galli, G.; Diele, S.; Pelzl, G. (2003). "Reversible switching between optically isotropic and birefringent states in a bent-core liquid crystal". Advanced Materials. 15 (19): 1606–1610. doi:10.1002/adma.200305379.
  • Jákli, A.; Lischka, CH.; Weissflog, W.; Pelzl, G.; Saupe, A. (2000). "Helical filamentary growth in liquid crystals of banana-shaped molecules". Liquid Crystals. 27: 1405–1409. doi:10.1080/026782900750018546.


  • Outstanding Research Scholar of Kent State University (2012)
  • Luckhurst-Samulski Prize 2010 (Taylor & Francis)
  • Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter-ICAM Track II Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008, 2009)
  • Library Research Collection Award, Kent State University (2007)
  • Department of Education (2003)
  • Bólyai Young Researchers Scholar (1998-1999), Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Outstanding Research Associate, Kent State University (1992)
  • Young Scientist awards of the Central Research Institute of Physics, Hungary (1986, 1989)


  1. ^ Jákli, A.; Krüerke, D.; Sawade, H.; Heppke, G. (2001). "Evidence for Triclinic Symmetry in Smectic Liquid Crystals of Bent-Shape Molecules". Phys. Rev. Lett. 86: 5715–5718. doi:10.1103/physrevlett.86.5715. PMID 11415340.
  2. ^ Eremin, A.; Jákli, A. (2013). Soft Matter. 9: 615–637. doi:10.1039/c2sm26780b |url= missing title (help).CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)