The confluence of the fields of liquid crystals and biomedical engineering is resulting in remarkable interdisciplinary research. This book focuses on the potential for inherently translational research in one field of engineering to radically alter the scope of another. The text reviews the exciting advances being made in displays, spectroscopy, sensors and diagnostics, biomimicking, actuators and lasers with regards to liquid crystalline materials, and biomedicine. The liquid crystal field - which has delivered revolutionary devices in the display, optics, and telecommunications industries - is now poised to make significant inroads into biology, medicine, and biomedical engineering.
Introduction to Liquid Crystals; Basic Optics of Liquid Crystals; Display Technologies; Medical Displays; Liquid Crystals in Spectroscopy, Microscopy and Hyperspectral Imaging; Liquid Crystal Biosensors; Biomimicking with Liquid Crystals; Actuators and Delivery Systems; Liquid Crystal Lasers.