AMLCI Research Facilities

The 60,000 square-foot (5.400m2) Liquid Crystal and Materials Sciences building, historic home of the LCI, houses the AMLCI's dedicated research and instructional facilities.  The facilities are specifically designed to support the synthesis and characterization of advanced materials and the prototyping of devices.  You will find below information on how to access specific facilities.  In addition to these dedicated facilities AMLCI members have access to an array of diverse facilities from across the university made available through our interdisciplinary collaborations.

Prototype Facility

LCI Prototype FacilityThe AMLCI Prototype Facility offers a wide range of services & capabilities related to fabrication of micro-optical and display devices using liquid crystals, microfluidic and biomedical devices, and functional micro- and nano-structures. The facility is centered in a 3,500 square foot Class 100-1,000-10,000 clean room facility for manufacturing or prototyping of liquid crystal devices & related research. The facility provides custom LCD devices which are not available elsewhere.

Characterization Facility

The AMLCI Characterization Facility is equipped with a series of instruments to determine the microscopic structures and properties of bulk and surfaces of liquid crystals, soft and biological materials. The Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy(SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy(AFM) offer atomic/nanoscale material characterization for cross-disciplinary (materials science/biology/nanotechnology) research. Available techniques include: traditional TEM, high resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning TEM (STEM), cryo-TEM, electron diffraction techniques, energy-filtered TEM, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Optical microscopy and spectroscopy equipment (confocal laser scanning microscopy, FTIR microscopy, etc.) is also available.

Organic Synthesis Facility

LCI Organic Synthesis FacilityThe Organic Synthesis Facility at the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and expertise required to synthesize and characterize liquid crystalline compounds. The facility is well known for supplying high quality liquid crystalline materials. The primary mission of the Facility is to prepare reported liquid crystalline materials for researchers which are not commercially available. The facility can synthesize calamitic, discotic, and bent-core compounds. Both chiral and achiral materials can be prepared and supplied upon request. Any researcher in need of materials is required to submit a request along with the necessary published literature about the materials. A fee may be charged to replenish the cost of procuring the required starting materials, reagents, etc. Furthermore, purification service of organic compounds is available. Formulation of mixtures is also possible when an exact composition is provided.

Machine Shop

  • Supervisor/Contact: Bjorn Lussem
    Phone: 330-672-2410 Email: blussem@kent.edu
  • Supervisor/Contact: Bentley Wall
    Phone: 330-672-1555 Email: bwall@kent.edu
  • Contact: Trevor Skinner
    Phone: 330-672-1565 Email: tskinne2@kent.edu

Electronic Shop