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Symposium on Flexible Liquid Crystal Devices to be Held Sept. 26-27

Posted Sep. 17, 2012
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Kent State University will hold a two-day symposium from
Sept. 26-27 to celebrate its traditional strength in liquid
crystal research and showcase the latest developments
in flexible liquid crystal devices.

Kent State University announces a two-day symposium to celebrate its traditional strength in liquid crystal research and showcase the latest developments in flexible liquid crystal devices: displays, e-writers, eyewear, photovoltaics, sensors and biomedical devices. It will feature presentations from technology and business leaders in each field and a poster session reporting the latest research and developments from members of FlexMatters, the Northeast Ohio collaborative fostering the growing regional cluster in flexible electronics.

The symposium, to be held at the Kent Student Center Kiva, Sept. 26-27, will bring together academic and industry researchers, regional business leaders and students who have an interest in the science and promising new flexible liquid crystal device technology.

The symposium will provide a platform for local and international research and industry leaders to discuss opportunities and hurdles inherent in flexible electronic devices, including research, development and manufacturing challenges.

Kent State University's Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI), established in 1965, is the world's most comprehensive research, technology transfer and education program of its kind. Building on their extensive research in displays and electro-optics, Kent State researchers are exploring new frontiers in energy and medicine through their work on flexible organic photovoltaics and flexible implanted bioelectronics for diagnosis and therapeutics.

The keynote speaker, Michael McCreary, Ph.D., will give an overview of flexible electronics.  He is the deputy chief technology officer for E Ink Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of displays to the eBook industry, which appear in products such as the Amazon Kindle. At E Ink, he is responsible for creating a portfolio of advanced technologies that will enable new generations of novel display products. McCreary is a 38-year veteran of the imaging industry and held a number of leadership positions with Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) prior to joining E Ink, including serving as the general manager of the company's microelectronics technology division. In that role, McCreary had responsibility for Kodak's solid-state imager business, including research and development, engineering, manufacturing, business development, marketing and sales. In addition to his E Ink responsibilities, McCreary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US Display Consortium, and the Technical Advisory Board of MC10. McCreary earned a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Principia College and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also attended executive business programs with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.  

Other speakers include:

  • Asad Khan, Kent Displays
  • Bahman Taheri, AlphaMicron
  • Byron Clayton, NorTech
  • Shizuo Tokito, Yamagata University
  • Miko Cakmak, University of Akron
  • Joe Klinehamer, Genvac Aerospace
  • John West, Kent State University
  • Jan Lagerwall, Seoul National University
  • Deng-Ke Yang, Kent State University
  • Nicholas Abbott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Gary Wnek, Case Western Reserve University
  • Matthew Putman, Columbia University and Nanotronics Imaging
  • Christopher Malcuit, Kent State University

Registration is required for this event, which is free to students, faculty and staff of Kent State University. To register, go to: http://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0055-0003-c14821164cfe49fcabb21ced46569227

All non-Kent State registrants must pay a registration fee of $150 at the online registration site:  https://commerce.cashnet.com/FLCD2012

To learn more about the symposium, visit the event home page: http://www.kent.edu/research/flcd2012/.

UPDATE:
Immediately following the symposium, NorTech will host its Fall FlexMatters Cluster Meeting. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required, and lunch will be provided. FlexMatters successes, challenges, and exciting next steps as a cluster will be discussed at the meeting. Adam J. Bartsch, Ph.D., director of the Spine Research Laboratory at The Cleveland Clinic, will speak about his experiences at the clinic and the need for integrated smart technologies to help mitigate the risk associated with these injuries. A tour of the Liquid Crystal Institute labs will be offered at the conclusion of the meeting.  To RSVP for the meeting, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4290454866?ref=ebtn.

For more information, contact Jim Maxwell at jmaxwel2@kent.edu.