Advanced Materials | Kent State University

Advanced Materials

Kent State has a 60-year history of leading in diverse aspects of research into solidstate materials, a legacy supported and strengthened by faculty from the College of the Arts, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, the College of Podiatric Medicine, and the College of Public Health. For example Kent State is known as the birthplace of the ubiquitous liquid crystal display that almost everyone sees when they look at their smartphone. More than 50 of our faculty conduct research into the development and application of advanced materials. In the College of Arts and Sciences, active faculty come from the departments of Physics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. This faculty includes three state-funded endowed chairs, five fellows of the American Physical Society, and two fellows of the Society for Information Display.

The stories in this section of our research magazine highlight just a few of our recent successes, but we promise — there’s much more to come!

Dr. John West
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Mietek Jaroniec

Mietek Jaroniec

When you do great work, other researchers recognize it by mentioning you in their own research, through a process called citing. The Thompson Reuters online database of Highly Cited Researchers shows two names under the chemistry heading for the entire state of Ohio.

Kent State Physicist Shines a Light On Complex

Kent State Physicist Shines a Light On Complex

The immediate application of the products of scientific research is not always apparent: that doesn’t make the work any less groundbreaking. Faculty at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University are constantly pushing the envelope to learn about novel states of matter, and develop new ways to make nature work for mankind through liquid crystal technology.

Lavrentovich Paints a Clearer Picture of Bacteria

Lavrentovich Paints a Clearer Picture of Bacteria

The immediate application of the products of scientific research is not always apparent: that doesn’t make the work any less groundbreaking. Faculty at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University are constantly pushing the envelope to learn about novel states of matter, and develop new ways to make nature work for mankind through liquid crystal technology.

Yanhai Du's Sustainable Dream

Yanhai Du's Sustainable Dream

The basic concept of a fuel cell is simple — it converts chemical energy into electricity.

To hear Kent State Professor Dr. Yanhai Du tell it, however, fuel cells have the potential to deliver on the promise of the elusive cold-fusion theory of the 1990s — clean, super-efficient, affordable energy that could reduce carbon emissions exponentially.

Mao Confines Cancer to Find Answers

Mao Closing In On Answers

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 NEW Cancer Cases diagnosed and 600,920 cancer-related deaths in in the U.S. 2018