Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science University of Tokyo、Professor Hajime Tanaka and project researcher Dr. Ken-ichiro Murata (currently, Assistant Professor at Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University), have found that liquid-liquid transition between two liquid states with different local structures can be accelerated by a rubbing treatment, which is widely used to align liquid crystal molecules in a liquid-crystalline display.
UTokyo Research : http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/utokyo-research/research-news/surface-roughness-accelerates-liquid-liquid-transition.html
Journal Title : Scientific Advances
Article Title : Impact of surface roughness on liquid-liquid transition
Author(s) : Ken-ichiro Murata and Hajime Tanaka
Abstract URL : http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/2/e1602209