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John Goodby

John Goodby

Professor John Goodby FRS


Elected: 2011


John Goodby is a materials chemist who studies liquid crystals, complex fluids and self-organising systems. His work has a number of varied commercial applications, most notably in the design and development of materials used in modern display devices, and gels and biopolymers for potential applications in biomedical devices.

His many research highlights include the development of the structural classification of smectic liquid crystals, the discovery of many new states of matter including the ‘twist grain boundary phase’ and ‘hexatic’ phases, and elucidation of chiral liquid crystals, including the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases.

John has received many accolades in recognition of his work such as Honored Membership of the International Liquid Crystal Society in 2010, the Materials for Industry–Derek Birchall Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013, as well as the AkzoNobel UK Science Award in 2014. He has also served in a number of scientific leadership roles, including President of the International Liquid Crystal Society and Chair of the British Liquid Crystal Society.

Professional positions

Chair of Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of York
Steering Committee Member, British Liquid Crystal Society

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, materials
  • Engineering
    • Materials science (incl materials engineering)
  • Health and human sciences
    • Medical instrumentation
  • Biochemistry and molecular cell biology
    • Biophysics and structural biology
  • Other
    • Public understanding of science


Electronic materials, Chemical synthesis, Liquid Crystals , Soft Matter, Synthetic polymers, Dendrimers, Optical Microscopy, Carbohydrates, Biomedical engineering, Dyes, Differential scanning calorimetry, Gels, X-ray diffraction


  • Royal Medals

    For his major advances and discoveries of new forms of matter and materials, in particular the development of chiral liquid crystals.

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