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University appoints Oleg Lavrentovich as Trustees Research Professor, names Hiroshi Yokoyama new Liquid Crystal Institute director Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute®, the most comprehensive research and educational center in the field of liquid crystals, has been demonstrating value with exciting new liquid crystal science initiatives since its creation in 1965. The applications of breakthrough findings at the institute have had an impact on the world, from liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions to computer monitors to new electronic devices, like the iPad. Kent State’s liqu...

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. The state innovation conference, organized by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the University of Akron and NorTech, also will include talks by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, U. S. Rep. Tim Ryan, University of Akron President Luis Proenza, AlphaMicron CEO Bahman Tah...

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. Oleg Lavrentovich, director of Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute, collaborated with Kent State graduate student Israel Lazo and Oleg Pishnyak, a former Kent Sta...

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. “Maximizing a region’s economic assets is one of the best ways to create long term job growth...