The activities at the AMLCI are focused on the forefront of the cross disciplinary area, transcending the individual scientific field and streamlining the research from the basic science to development of practical applications. The AMLCI builds on the foundation of the LCI, with the 19th century discovery of the liquid crystal through an international collaboration between a biochemist and a crystallographer in Europe, the advancement of the liquid crystal science and technology has always been driven by an interdisciplinary research effort involving expertise across the boundary of biology, chemistry & materials science, physics, mathematics, and device engineering.



Four men are holding a large check from Ohio History Connection
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 4:47pm
The development of liquid crystal technology in Northeast Ohio - and specifically at Kent State University - is an important part of the region’s and university’s legacies and ongoing global impact. Capturing the innovations and the university’s part in these discoveries is the g...
Image of professor Fouad and a student working in the lab
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 1:29pm
Farid Fouad, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State East Liverpool, was awarded a three-year, $74,954 research grant as part of a subaward on a larger grant that his collaborators at Cleveland State University received. 
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 10:28am
Ukrainian Scholar Support Fund
Image showing models related to research on Chirality
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:00am
Chirality, or the absence of mirror symmetry in a molecule, is a complex topic that Material Sciences Professor Torsten Hegmann is determined to know more about. Hegmann, director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, and other Kent State collaborators led an in...
Monday, February 21, 2022 - 10:42am
New publication by Paul Johns and Jake Fontana of U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Peter Palffy-Muhoray of Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute.  
Image of DNA strands by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 8:19am
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $300,000 grant to Thorsten-Lars Schmidt, Ph.D., to develop molecular tools that allow researchers to study membrane proteins. 
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Monday, February 14, 2022 - 10:49pm
Intentionality to build successful academic mentoring relationships with students is what sets professors apart at Kent State, and each year two professors at the graduate and undergraduate level receive a student-nominated award for their ability to do so. The intent of the awar...
A Kent State University faculty researcher (right) in the Department of Anthropology works with a student (left) in a laboratory in Lowry Hall.
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 8:24am
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has awarded Kent State University the esteemed R1 status for research, which is the highest recognition that doctoral universities can receive. The prestigious designation affirms Kent State’s place as an elite resea...
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 6:03pm
Congratulations to Torsten Hegmann, Ph.D., and his research group for leading an international collaboration and publishing their work in Science Advances! Their aricle, titled “Effects of shape and solute-solvent compatibility on the efficacy of chirality transfer: Nanoshapes in...
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 8:09am
Intravenous (IV) needle insertion is a practice that many medical professionals learn and need to master. A new cross-departmental Kent State project in the works will help nursing students improve their skills with cutting-edge technology.