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Liquid Crystal Institute

- Pride in Innovation since 1965 -     Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program    



If you want to learn about opportunities for graduate study at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State, you've come to the right place.

We offer both masters and Ph.D. options in Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program (CPIP). These options focus on liquid crystal science and technology, an exciting interdisciplinary field open to students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry and engineering.

Financial support is available to selected students for the Ph.D. track. Applications are due on Jan. 31st for the Ph.D. track and April 15th for Master Program.  Post deadline applications for Master Program will continue to be reviewed.

The first practical liquid crystal display was invented at Kent State in late 1960's.  Since then, the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) continues to be an internationally recognized center of excellence in both fundamental science and technology applications of liquid crystal, the fourth state of matter. The CPIP  is small in the sense that fewer than ten students are admitted each fall, but is big in the sense that the opportunities of learning and future career at the cutting edge science and technology for human interfaces are limitless. Our alumni are in such high demand -both in industry and in academia- as to make it seem imperative to expand the program in the near future.

Remember that the smart phone, music player, or GPS you may have in your pocket, the television you last watched, and perhaps the computer screen on which you might be reading this message are off springs of the technologies developed here at Kent over the past 50 years; the liquid crystal displays you are using might have been designed or manufactured by CPIP graduates.

As you might expect, the science and technology of LCD's and  electro-optics of organic materials are among our hottest research areas. While the global market for displays exceeds the annual sales of  $100 billion, LCD is just one aspect of potentials of liquid crystals. Many more applications are underway to pursue, each of which might have the potential to create the same economic impact as LCD's. Liquid crystal rubber flexes and twists like an artificial muscle when exposed to light, heat, or electric fields. Biosensors made with liquid crystals provide exquisite sensitivity to the presence of harmful bacteria. Liquid crystal organic photovoltaic materials promise to improve the efficiency of solar energy conversion. Many of our graduate students earn not only diplomas, but also patents for their work in developing these innovative technologies.

In Fall 2015, LCI Launches

Master of Science: Liquid Crystal Engineering

For details, click Here!

CPIP Brochure 2014

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