Francesca Serra

Assistant Professor

Bloomberg 315
410-516-7347
fserra1@jhu.edu
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Francesca Serra joined the Physics and Astronomy department at Johns Hopkins University in 2016. She obtained her BA and Masters degree from the University of Parma (Italy) and her PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK). She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Milan (Italy) and at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is a soft matter experimentalist and her research is focused on liquid crystals. This phase of matter intermediate between liquid and solid is familiar to all of us for its use in liquid crystal displays. However, while liquid crystals in displays are usually "well-behaved" ordered fluids, interesting properties emerge when these materials are under confinement and forced to form topological defects. Francesca Serra is interested in studying liquid crystal topological defects in terms of their optical properties and their interaction with living cells.

Modern Physics - 171.202

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BM Jun, F Serra, Y Xia, HS Kang, S Yang
Fabrication of Free-Standing, Self-Aligned, High-Aspect-Ratio Synthetic Ommatidia
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8 (45), 30671-30676, 2016

F Serra
Curvature and defects in nematic liquid crystals
Liquid Crystals, 1-17, 2016

Y Luo, F Serra, DA Beller, MA Gharbi, N Li, S Yang, RD Kamien, KJ Stebe
Around the corner: Colloidal assembly and wiring in groovy nematic cells
Physical Review E 93 (3), 032705, 2016

A Yamaguchi, GP Smith, Y Yi, C Xu, S Biffi, F Serra, T Bellini, C Zhu, ...
Phases and structures of sunset yellow and disodium cromoglycate mixtures in water
Physical Review E 93 (1), 012704, 2016

F Serra, Y Luo, S Yang, RD Kamien, KJ Stebe
Particles and curvatures in nematic liquid crystals
APS Meeting Abstracts, 2016

Y Luo, F Serra, KJ Stebe
Experimental realization of the “lock-and-key” mechanism in liquid crystals
Soft matter 12 (28), 6027-6032, 2016

F Serra, S Yang
Liquid crystals: Material defect lines
Nature materials 15 (1), 10-11, 2016

Y Xia, F Serra, RD Kamien, KJ Stebe, S Yang
Direct mapping of local director field of nematic liquid crystals at the nanoscale
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (50), 15291-15296, 2015

MA Gharbi, IB Liu, Y Luo, F Serra, ND Bade, HN Kim, Y Xia, RD Kamien, ...
Smectic gardening on curved landscapes
Langmuir 31 (40), 11135-11142, 2015

F Serra, MA Gharbi, Y Luo, IB Liu, ND Bade, RD Kamien, S Yang, ...
Curvature‐Driven, One‐Step Assembly of Reconfigurable Smectic Liquid Crystal “Compound Eye” Lenses
Advanced Optical Materials 3 (9), 1287-1292, 2015

F Serra, MA Gharbi, IB Liu, Y Luo, ND Bade, RD Kamien, S Yang, ...
Microlenses of smectic flowers
APS Meeting Abstracts 1, 49011, 2015

F Serra, S Eaton, M Buscaglia, R Cerbino, G Cerullo, R Osellame, ...
Memory effects of nematic liquid crystals in porous network: the role of geometry
APS Meeting Abstracts 1, 18009, 2014

A Yamaguchi, G Smith, Y Yi, C Xu, S Biffi, F Serra, T Bellini, N Clark
Phase behavior of chromonic liquid crystal mixtures of Sunset Yellow and Disodium Cromoglycate
APS Meeting Abstracts 1, 18012, 2014

F Giavazzi, S Crotti, A Speciale, F Serra, G Zanchetta, V Trappe, ...
Viscoelasticity of nematic liquid crystals at a glance
Soft Matter 10 (22), 3938-3949, 2014

F Serra, SM Eaton, R Cerbino, M Buscaglia, G Cerullo, R Osellame, ...
Liquid Crystals: Nematic Liquid Crystals Embedded in Cubic Microlattices: Memory Effects and Bistable Pixels (Adv. Funct. Mater. 32/2013)
Advanced Functional Materials 23 (32), 4060-4060, 2013

F Serra, SM Eaton, R Cerbino, M Buscaglia, G Cerullo, R Osellame, ...
Nematic Liquid Crystals Embedded in Cubic Microlattices: Memory Effects and Bistable Pixels
Advanced Functional Materials 23 (32), 3990-3994, 2013

T Araki, F Serra, H Tanaka
Defect science and engineering of liquid crystals under geometrical frustration
Soft Matter 9 (34), 8107-8120, 2013

F Serra, SM Eaton, E Borlini, R Cerbino, M Buscaglia, G Cerullo, ...
Bistability of nematic liquid crystals confined in 3D scaffold produced by two-photon polymerization
CLEO: Science and Innovations, CTU1J. 4, 2012

KC Vishnubhatla, R Osellame, G Cerullo, F Serra, R Cerbino, ...
Effect of configuration of the microchannels fabricated by femtosecond laser micromachining on topological defects in confined liquid crystals
SPIE MOEMS-MEMS, 82490B-82490B-7, 2012

F Serra, M Buscaglia, T Bellini
The emergence of memory in liquid crystals
Materials Today 14 (10), 488-494, 2011