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.



Torsten Hegmann, director of Kent State's Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, shows the area in the basement of the Integrated Sciences Building where a new X-ray scattering machine will be installed in 2021.
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 8:05am
Kent State University’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute soon will be home to a new X-ray scattering instrument capable of examining materials in scales from as small as a fraction of a nanometer to as large as several micrometers.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 11:18am
On Thursday the 13th of August 2020, Dr.  Vianney Gimenez-Pinto will give a seminar to the students of the AMLCI
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 12:24pm
Dr. Greta Babakhanova, AMLCI alum currently working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will be presenting at the Professional Student Seminar on July the 23rd:
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:11pm
Abstract: The St. Petersburg paradox provides a simple paradigm for systems that show sensitivity to rare events. Here, we demonstrate a physical realization of this paradox using tensile fracture, experimentally verifying for six decades of spatial and temporal data and two dif...
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 2:26pm
We would like to congratulate former CPIP student Greta Babakhanova, Director of AMLCI and CPIP Professor Torsten Hegmann, and CPIP Professor Oleg Lavrentovich for being the recipients of the ILCS Honors and Awards 2020. 
Members of Kent State University’s Undergraduate Student Government painted “Flashes Take Care of Flashes” on the Rock on Front Campus. (Photo credit: Lauren Novick, Tierra Moore and Kaelee Dingey)
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 8:19am
Kent State University announced the creation of the Pay It Flash Forward Emergency Fund that will help students who are unexpectedly finding themselves in financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
College of Nursing donates PPE to EMA of Portage County.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 12:14pm
Kent State University’s administration, faculty and staff have stepped up to collect the university’s personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to local entities in dire need of medical supplies.  
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 1:03pm
New paper by Lavrentovich group published in Nature Physics:
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 1:51pm
LCE Material
LCE Material. Optical images of LCE, Ni foam, and SEM images of the LCE foam.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 8:37am
New Publication by Taizo Mori, Richard Cukelj, Marianne Estelle Prévôt, Senay Ustunel, Anna Story, Yunxiang Gao, Karene Diabre, Jennifer Ann McDonough, Ernest Johnson Freeman, Elda Hegmann, and Robert John Clements   Abstract: