Publications #


  1. M. G. Athani, D. A. Beller. "Symmetry and stability of orientationally ordered collective motions of self-propelled, semiflexible filaments." arXiv 2306:01180 (2023).
  2. M. O'Keefe, J. B. D. M. Garcia, A. J. Rwakabuba, T. M. Otchy, D. A. Beller, M. A. Gharbi. "Templated self-assembly of gold nanoparticles in smectic liquid crystals confined at 3D printed curved surfaces." arXiv 2306:01118 (2023).

Peer-reviewed articles#

  1. F. J. Schwarzendahl, D. A. Beller. "Do active nematic self-mixing dynamics help growing bacterial colonies to maintain local genetic diversity?" Frontiers in Physics 10: 940980 (2022).
  2. A. Zakharov, D. A. Beller. "Shape multistability in flexible tubular crystals through interactions of mobile dislocations." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119: e2115423119 (2022).
  3. S. Ettinger, C. F. Dietrich, C. K. Mishra, C. Miksch, D. A. Beller, P. J. Collings, and A. G. Yodh. “Rods in a lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal: Emergence of chirality, symmetry-breaking alignment, and caged angular diffusion." Soft Matter 18: 487 (2021).
  4. F. L. Memarian, J. D. Lopes, F. J. Schwarzendahl, M. G. Athani, N. Sarpangala, A. Gopinathan, D. A. Beller, K. Dasbiswas, L. S. Hirst. "Active nematic order and dynamic lane formation of microtubules driven by membrane bound diffusing motors." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118: e2117107118 (2021).
  5. N. Tanjeem, W. H. Wilkin, D. A. Beller, C. H. Rycroft, V. N. Manoharan. “Geometrical frustration and defect formation in growth of colloidal nanoparticle crystals on a cylinder: Implications for assembly of chiral nanomaterials.” ACS Applied Nano Materials 4: 10682 (2021).
  6. J. X. Velez, Z. Zheng, D. A. Beller, F. Serra. “Emergence and stabilization of transient twisted defect structures in confined achiral liquid crystals at a phase transition.” Soft Matter 17: 3848 (2021).
  7. G. Duclos, R. Adkins, D. Banerjee, M. S. E. Peterson, M. Varghese, I. Kolvin, A. Baskaran, R. A. Pelcovits, T. R. Powers, A. Baskaran, F. Toschi, M. F. Hagan, S. J. Streichan, V. Vitelli, D. A. Beller, Z. Dogic. “Topological structure and dynamics of three-dimensional active nematics.” Science 367: 1120 (2020).
  8. D. M. Sussman, D. A. Beller. “Fast, scalable, and interactive software for Landau-de Gennes numerical modeling of nematic topological defects.” Frontiers in Physics 7: 204 (2019).
  9. S. Chu, M. Kardar, D. R. Nelson, D. A. Beller. “Evolution in range expansions with competition at rough boundaries.” Journal of Theoretical Biology, 478: 153 (2019).
  10. G. Boniello, Y. Luo, D. A. Beller, F. Serra, K. J. Stebe. “Colloids in confined liquid crystals: a plot twist in the lock-and-key mechanism.” Soft Matter 15: 5220 (2019).
  11. A. Suh, M.-J. Gim, D. Beller, D. K. Yoon. “Topological defects and geometric memory across the nematic-smectic a liquid crystal phase transition.” Soft Matter 15: 5835 (2019).
  12. Y. Luo, D. A. Beller, G. Boniello, F. Serra, K. J. Stebe. “Tunable colloid trajectories in nematic liquid crystals near wavy walls.” Nature Communications, 9: 3841 (2018).
  13. D. A. Beller, K. M. J. Alards, F. Tesser, R. A. Mosna, F. Toschi, W. Möbius. “Evolution of populations expanding on curved surfaces.” Europhysics Letters (EPL) 123: 58005 (2018).
  14. M. A. Gharbi, D. A. Beller, N. Sharifi Mood, R. Gupta, R. D. Kamien, S. Yang, K. J. Stebe. “Elastocapillary driven assembly of particles at free-standing smectic-A films.” Langmuir 34: 2006 (2018).
  15. M.-J. Gim, D. A. Beller, D. K. Yoon. “Morphogenesis of liquid crystal topological defects during the nematic-smectic a phase transition.” Nature Communications, 8: 15453 (2017).
  16. Y. Luo, F. Serra, D. A. Beller, M. A. Gharbi, N. Li, S. Yang, R. D. Kamien, K. J. Stebe. “Around the corner: Colloidal assembly and wiring in groovy nematic cells.” Physical Review E, 93: 032705 (2016).
  17. Y. Xia, E. Lee, H. Hu, M. A. Gharbi, D. A. Beller, E.-K. Fleischmann, R. D. Kamien, R. Zentel, S. Yang. “Better actuation through chemistry: Using surface coatings to create uniform director fields in nematic liquid crystal elastomers.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8: 12466 (2016).
  18. L. Tran, M. O. Lavrentovich, D. A. Beller, N. Li, K. J. Stebe, R. D. Kamien. “Lassoing saddle splay and the geometrical control of topological defects.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 7106 (2016).
  19. D. A. Beller, D. R. Nelson. “Plastic deformation of tubular crystals by dislocation glide.” Physical Review E, 94: 033004 (2016).
  20. D. A. Beller, M. A. Gharbi, I. B. Liu. “Shape-controlled orientation and assembly of colloids with sharp edges in nematic liquid crystals.” Soft Matter, 11: 1078 (2015).
  21. A. Honglawan, D. S. Kim, D. A. Beller, D. K. Yoon, M. A. Gharbi, K. J. Stebe, R. D. Kamien, S. Yang. “Synergistic assembly of nanoparticles in smectic liquid crystals.” Soft Matter, 11: 7367 (2015).
  22. M. A. Lohr, M. Cavallaro, D. A. Beller, K. J. Stebe, R. D. Kamien, P. J. Collings, A. G. Yodh. “Elasticity-dependent self-assembly of micro-templated chromonic liquid crystal films.” Soft Matter, 10: 3477 (2014).
  23. D. A. Beller, T. Machon, S. Čopar, D. M. Sussman, G. P. Alexander, R. D. Kamien, R. A. Mosna. “Geometry of the cholesteric phase.” Physical Review X, 4: 031050 (2014).
  24. M. Cavallaro, M. A. Gharbi, D. A. Beller, S. Čopar, Z. Shi, T. Baumgart, S. Yang, R. D. Kamien, K. J. Stebe. “Exploiting imperfections in the bulk to direct assembly of surface colloids.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110: 18804 (2013).
  25. D. A. Beller*, M. A. Gharbi*, A. Honglawan*, K. J. Stebe, S. Yang, R. D. Kamien. “Focal conic flower textures at curved interfaces.” Physical Review X, 3: 041026 (2013).
  26. M. A. Gharbi, M. Cavallaro Jr., G. Wu, D. A. Beller, R. D. Kamien, S. Yang, K. J. Stebe. “Microbullet assembly: interactions of oriented dipoles in confined nematic liquid crystal.” Liquid Crystals, 40: 1619 (2013).
  27. M. Cavallaro Jr.*, M. A. Gharbi*, D. A. Beller*, S. Čopar, Z. Shi, R. D. Kamien, S. Yang, T. Baumgart, K. J. Stebe. “Ring around the colloid.” Soft Matter, 9: 9099 (2013).
  28. A. Honglawan, D. Beller, M. Cavallaro, R. Kamien, K. Stebe, S. Yang. “Topographically induced hierarchical assembly and geometrical transformation of focal conic domain arrays in smectic liquid crystals.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 34 (2013).
  29. R. Mosna, D. Beller, R. Kamien. “Breaking the rules for topological defects: Smectic order on conical substrates.” Physical Review E, 86: 011707 (2012).
  30. A. Honglawan, D. A. Beller, M. Cavallaro, R. D. Kamien, K. J. Stebe, S. Yang. “Pillar-assisted epitaxial assembly of toric focal conic domains of smectic-A liquid crystals.” Advanced Materials, 23:5519 (2011).
  31. E. Barry, D. Beller, Z. Dogic. “A model liquid crystalline system based on rodlike viruses with variable chirality and persistence length.” Soft Matter, 5:2563 (2009).

(“*” denotes shared first-author contribution.)

Invited commentary#

  1. M.A. Gharbi, D.A. Beller, A. Honglawan, K.J. Stebe, S. Yang, R.D. Kamien. "Controlling liquid crystal defects.” SPIE Newsroom (2014).