Liquid Crystal, Bioscience, Nanotechnology

Kent State University


Kent State University


Kent State University's Center of Excellence in Liquid Crystal, Bioscience, Nanotechnology is home to the world's top academic center for liquid crystal research- the Liquid Crystal Institute- where landmark research and education are helping to define the future of the $150 billion LCD industry. The Center joins faculty from chemical physics, chemistry, physics, and biological sciences to conduct interdisciplinary research in liquid crystals and their expanding use in bioscience and nanotechnology.

Driving Economic Advancement

As the first NSF Science and Technology Center in Ohio, the Liquid Crystal Institute has since developed a large patent portfolio, and fostered spin-off companies such as Kent Displays, Alpha Micron, CoAdna Photonics, Hana Microdisplays, Kent Optronics, Kent Scientific, and IC Medtec. A collaboration of the Liquid Crystal Institute, biological sciences and researchers at NEOMED in developing new uses of lyotropic liquid crystals in biological systems led to new intellectual property and generated the formation of new start-up companies such as Standing Rock Imaging LLC and Crystal Diagnostics. Alpha Micron and Crystal Diagnostics are pursuing commercialization opportunities at the University's new 40,000 square-foot Centennial Research Park, spurring consideration of a second Centennial Research Park later this year. Broad collaborations exist across the region with The University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Youngstown State University, and Cleveland Botanical Gardens, as well as nationally and internationally. The most recent example is the $15.2 million Ohio Research Scholar Program: Research Cluster in Surfaces in Advanced Material (RC-SAM). The first Ohio Research Scholar to join RC-SAM is Professor Hiroshi Yokoyama, a prominent researcher with seminal contributions to science and technology in the field of liquid crystals and nanostructures. The goal of RC-SAM is to assure that Ohio will retain its No.1 ranking in the nation and world in liquid crystal-related research, technology transfer, and commercialization.


  • Number one academic center in liquid crystal research
  • New Ohio Research Scholar, Professor Hiroshi Yokoyama, is the international leader in the field of soft matter and nanotechnology
  • Centennial Research Park is at 100 percent occupancy


  • Maintain the LCI as the world-leading academic center in the area of liquid crystals and expand this reputation to include bio and nanotechnology
  • Successfully complete hiring of the second Ohio Research Scholar


  • Double the number of high paying jobs in spinoff companies by 2012 as compared with 2007
  • Annual external funding in excess of $7.5M