LCI Building 
Liquid Crystal Institute

- 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: Bentley WallPhone: (330) 672-1555 Email:

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: Min GaoPhone: (330) 672-7999 Email:
Contact: Lu ZouPhone: (330) 672-9177 Email:
Contact: Bentley WallPhone: (330) 672-1555 Email:

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 Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy(SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy(AFM) offer 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). Optical microscopy and sepctroscopy equipment (confocal laser scanning microscpy, FTIR microscopy, etc.) is also available.

TEM Facility

LCI Organic Synthesis Facility



Machine Shop

Supervisor/Contact: Bentley WallPhone: (330)672-1555 Email:

Electronics Shop

Supervisor/Contact: Bentley WallPhone: (330)672-1555 Email: