Kent State Hosts International Liquid Crystal Conference

KENT, Ohio – The Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University this week is hosting the 26th International Liquid Crystal Conference.

Organized by the International Liquid Crystal Society, more than 700 scientists, engineers and students from around the world are attending the conference, which features research and technology presentations on liquid crystals plus a variety of social activities. The biennial conference was first organized and hosted by the Liquid Crystal Institute in 1965, the same year that the institute was founded, and was hosted by Kent State again in 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1996.

“Liquid crystals is one of the most multidisciplinary fields of research in the physical sciences, so this conference is the best way for physicists, chemists, biochemists, biophysicists, theoreticians and engineers from all over the world to meet and discuss the latest research,” said Hiroshi Yokoyama, Ph.D. conference chair and director of Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute. “It is a great honor for us to be hosting it during our celebration of the Liquid Crystal Institute’s 50th anniversary.”

The conference kicked off Sunday with tutorials led by scientists in the liquid crystal field. The daily format includes a plenary speaker each morning followed by parallel sessions on topics ranging from physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and materials to applied liquid crystal research and industrial perspectives.

Several honors and awards will be presented Aug. 4, including the Samsung and LG Display Mid-Career Awards and the Glenn H. Brown Prize, which honors the best recent dissertations.

Pictured: Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal and Materials Sciences Building.

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