- Pride in Innovation since 1965 -     LCI Research Facilities    

The 60,000 square-foot (5.400m2) Liquid Crystal and Materials Sciences building houses the LCI's research and instructional facilities. Research facilities are available for use by students and researchers, including academic and industrial partners. Information on procedures and fees for using the facilities can be obtained from each facility’s website and contact person.


LCI Prototype Facility

Supervisor/Contact: Philip J. BosPhone: (330) 672-2511 Email: pbos@kent.edu
Contact: Douglas R. BryantPhone: (330) 672-1583 Email: dbryant@kent.edu

The LCI Prototype Facility offers a wide range of services & capabilities related to fabrication of micro-optical and display devices using liquid crystals, microfluidic and biomedical devices, and functional micro- and nano-structures. The facility is centered in a 3,500 square foot Class 100-1,000-10,000 clean room facility for manufacturing or prototyping of liquid crystal devices & related research. The facility provides custom LCD devices which are not available elsewhere.


Clean room

LCI Characterization Facility

Supervisor/Contact: Hiroshi YokoyamaPhone: (330) 672-2633 Email: hyokoyam@kent.edu
Supervisor/Contact: Min GaoPhone: (330) 672-7999 Email: mgao@kent.edu
Contact: Liou QiuPhone: (330) 672-1503 Email: lqiu@kent.edu

The LCI Characterization Facility is equipped with a series of instruments to determine the microscopic structures and properties of bulk and surfaces of liquid crystals, soft and biological materials. The newly added Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) offers atomic/nanoscale material characterization for cross-disciplinary (materials science/biology/nanotechnology) research. Available techniques include: traditional TEM, high resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning TEM (STEM), cryo-TEM, electron diffraction techniques, energy-filtered TEM, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS).


TEM Facility

LCI Organic Synthesis Facility

Supervisor/Contact: Quan LiPhone: (330) 672-1537 Email: qli1@kent.edu
Contact: Yannian LiPhone: (330) 672-1547 Email: yli17@kent.edu

The LCI Organic Synthesis Facility is equipped to synthesize liquid crystalline materials that are not commercially available. The facility synthesizes materials that have been previously reported in the literature, purifies impure single liquid crystals, and formulates mixtures when an exact composition is provided. The facility has the capabilities to perform multi-step organic synthesis, chromatographic separations and chemical purification.

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Machine Shop

Supervisor/Contact: Bentley WallPhone: (330)672-1555 Email: bwall@kent.edu


Electronics Shop

Supervisor/Contact: Bentley WallPhone: (330)672-1555 Email: bwall@kent.edu