Liquid Crystal Institute

Top prize goes to hands-free GPS navigational backpack  Student participants from Parsons The New School for Design, SUNY Buffalo, Stephens College and Kent State place in top 3 teams Despite a powerful snow storm that temporarily closed down the campus, students from around the U.S. descended upon Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, to develop...

Two Kent State University faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences have been named 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise.” Fellowship in the APS is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers and is limited to no more than one-half...

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY JAN. 30 – FEB. 1 Fashion-Technology Overlap Subject of Symposium and “Hackathon” at Kent State Events organized by Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad, Fashion School and TechStyleLAB TechStyleLAB Symposium Academic conference on digital textile design and production Friday, Jan. 30 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)...

The wearable technology industry is expected to grow to become a $30 billion market within the next five years, and Kent State University is laying the groundwork to make an impact in the field.  “The emerging wearables industry offers a wealth of research and economic development opportunities for this region,” said Todd Diacon, Kent...

A new company formed by a Kent State University researcher and inventor will market a technological innovation – flexible, electrically conductive transparent films – that can be used in electronic devices, including smart phones and touchscreens, and in windows that switch from transparent to opaque to block light. FITOS, the company started...

Kent State University faculty members have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation for research over the next three years in biology, physics and the science of liquid crystals. The awards will fund basic research on: How plants respond to environmental stress such as drought  The microstructures of...

A research group at Kent State University has described the structure of a new type of liquid crystal that had been predicted theoretically but never seen. The new “twist-bend nematic” liquid crystal, one with a spiral twist, was observed by a Kent State research group led by Oleg D. Lavrentovich, Ph.D., D.Sc., Trustees Research Professor of...

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...

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...

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...