using bistable reflective cholesteric
technology invented at the
Liquid Crystal Institute
A hands-on lecture/laboratory
course that provides a working understanding of liquid crystal
materials and display applications. Laboratories provide participants
with the basic skills required to use these materials effectively
and to fabricate TN, STN, ECB, and PDLC devices. Lectures and
laboratory sessions will be held at the Liquid Crystal Institute,
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
Liquid Crystal Device Physics
Tour of ALCOM Laboratories
Principles of Device Fabrication
Hands-on construction of small liquid crystal cells demonstrating principles of:
Past participants include 230 people from a wide variety of domestic and international industries, universities, the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, National Bureau of Standards, and Patent Office.
At the conclusion of the short course, participants evaluate all aspects of the course. Their comments and suggestions are incorporated in planning future courses.
Some comments from past participants include the following:
"Great balance between lecture and lab. Pure research and industry application."
"I thought the course was well-prepared, well-presented, and very informative."
"Great course. I will definitely recommend it."
on current research is important. PDLC's were all new to me. The
course was very informative and well run. Accommodations and personnel
Established in 1965, the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive liquid crystal research program in the country. It also maintains the largest university-based liquid crystal flat panel display research and development program in the world.
Institute achievements include the discovery and characterization of new liquid crystalline phases and invention of new types of liquid crystal devices such as polymer dispersed and polymer stabilized liquid crystals.
LCI is also headquarters for the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM), a consortium of three Northeast Ohio universities: Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Akron.
The LCI and the graduate Chemical
Physics Interdisciplinary Program are housed in the 65,000 sq.
ft. Liquid Crystal and Material Science building. The facility
consists of 22,000 sq. ft. of research laboratories, 3 teaching
labs, 2 classrooms, a 2,500 sq. ft. research cleanroom and a 145-seat
The course is taught by university faculty with active research and a minimum of ten years experience in the areas covered by their lectures.
David W. Allender (KSU)
Chair, Department of Physics. Prof. Allender has given numerous invited lectures on fundamental properties of liquid crystals. His interests include modulation and instabilities, surfaces, and linear and nonlinear optical properties.
Philip J. Bos (KSU)
Associate Professor, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. Prof. Bos is the inventor of the pi cell and an alignment method for SmC* devices. His research interests include novel liquid crystal devices and applications.
Jack R. Kelly (KSU)
Associate Professor, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. Prof. Kelly is the creator of the software package, "Twist Cell Optics." His research interests focus on modeling of display devices and physical properties of liquid crystals.
Charles Rosenblatt (CWRU)
Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. Prof. Rosenblatt's research involves phase transitions, magnetic and electric field effects and surface phenomena.
John L. West (KSU)
Director, Liquid Crystal Institute. Dr. West is the co-inventor of PDLC devices. He concentrates research on the development of PDLC and cholesteric materials for use in electro-optic devices.
Deng-Ke Yang (KSU)
Associate Professor, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. Prof. Yang researches cholesteric liquid crystals, liquid crystal/polymer composites and electro-optic devices.
The course fee, $1,250, covers
registration, instruction, reference and laboratory materials,
refreshment breaks, lunches, reception, banquet, tour of LCI facilities,
and transportation between the hotel and the LCI each day.
REGISTRATION IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.
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For information regarding this
web site contact:
Brenda L. Buck
Public Relations Coordinator
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242 USA
Tel: (330) 672-7770 Fax: (330) 672-2796
This page updated November 2, 1999