In these lectures, I discuss techniques to compute the phase diagram of lyotropic liquid crystals. I review the standard techniques to compute the free-energy of various phases. Subsequently, I focus on phase transitions in liquid crystals. Recent techniques to determine the dependence of phase boundaries on the shape and flexibility of the constituent molecules, are discussed. Finally, I devote attention to Monte Carlo techniques that are particularly suited to study the phase behavior of flexible molecules.

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Publisher Kluwer
Editor P. Pasini , C. Zannoni
Frenkel, D. (2000). Phase behavior of lyotropic liquid crystals. In P Pasini & C Zannoni (Eds.), Advances in the Computer Simulations of Liquid Crystals; Conf. Erice, June 1998 (pp. 51–72). Kluwer.