We offer both masters and Ph.D. options in Chemical Physics. These programs focus on liquid crystal science, an exciting interdisciplinary field open to students with backgrounds in either physics or chemistry.
Financial support is available, and applications are due on Jan. 31.
Conventional liquid crystal displays were invented at Kent State, and the Liquid Crystal Institute remains an internationally recognized center of excellence in both fundamental science and technology applications of this elusive state of matter. Our graduate program is a small one, with fewer than ten students entering each fall. Our alumni are in such demand--both in industry and in academia--that we're planning to increase the size of the program in coming years.
Chances are good that the cell phone, music player, or GPS you may have in your pocket, the television you last watched, and perhaps even the computer screen on which you might be reading this message, were all made with technology developed here at Kent. The liquid crystal display (LCD) might even have been designed or manufactured by one of our graduates.
As you might expect, the science and technology of LCD's and non-linear optics are among our hottest research areas. But while the global market for displays is of order $100 billion annually, LCD's represent only one aspect of liquid crystal science. There are many more applications to pursue, each of which also has the potential to create the same economic impact. Liquid crystal rubber flexes and twists like an artificial muscle when exposed to light, heat, or electric fields. Biosensors made with liquid crystals provide exquisite sensitivity to the presence of harmful bacterial. Liquid crystal organic photovoltaic materials promise to improve the efficiency of solar energy conversion. Many of our grad students earn not only diplomas but also patents for their work in developing these exciting innovations.