Liquid Crystal Institute

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
JAN. 30 – FEB. 1

Fashion-Technology Overlap Subject of Symposium and “Hackathon” at Kent State

Events organized by Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Fashion School and TechSyleLAB

TechStyleLAB Symposium
Academic conference on digital textile design and production

Friday, Jan. 30 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Rockwell Hall, Kent State University

Photo 1 from Kent State's Fashion/Tech Hackathon

The wearable technology industry is expected to grow to become a $30 billion market within the next five years, and Kent State University is laying the groundwork to make an impact in the field. 

A research group at Kent State University has described the structure of a new type of liquid crystal that had been predicted theoretically but never seen.

A new company formed by a Kent State University researcher and inventor will market a technological innovation – flexible, electrically conductive transparent films – that can be used in electronic devices, including smart phones and touchscreens, and in windows that switch from transparent to opaque to block light.

Kent State University faculty members have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for research over the next three years in biology, physics and the science of liquid crystals.

The awards will fund basic research on:

University appoints Oleg Lavrentovich as Trustees Research Professor, names Hiroshi Yokoyama new Liquid Crystal Institute director

Kent State University researcher and chemistry professor John West from the university’s Liquid Crystal Institute will be among the top business leaders, government officials and university representatives who will speak at the “Building the Ohio Innovation Economy” conference in Cleveland, on April 25 and 26.

A team of researchers at Kent State University have discovered a new version of a widely used scientific technique. The technique is electrophoresis — in which an applied electric field is used to move particles dispersed in a fluid — and the new idea is to use a liquid crystal as the carrier fluid. The result is increased versatility, which may lead to new uses in display technologies, microfluidic devices and other applications.

Northeast Ohio’s emerging flexible electronics industry recently received a boost in the form of a $499,514 contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Innovative Economies initiative.  The funding was awarded to NorTech, a regional nonprofit economic development organization, leading efforts to develop regional innovation clusters in Northeast Ohio.  NorTech will use the funds to focus on small business growth and job creation in the region’s flexible electronics industry.