Liquid Crystal Institute

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Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute
DirectorJohn L. West
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The Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) at Kent State University is a center of study for liquid crystal technology and education, blending basic and applied research on liquid crystals. This approach has resulted in technological advances and new applications such as display tablets, optical shutters, variable transmission windows, projection display devices, and flexible displays. Established in 1965, the institute is now directed by Dr. Hiroshi Yokoyama and is housed at KSU's Liquid Crystal and Materials Sciences building, completed in 1996.

The LCI is home to the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, [1] which offers masters and Ph.D. studies in the physics and chemistry of liquid crystals and their applications. The program is open to incoming students with degrees in physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.


Liquid Crystal Research Building at Kent State University from Science Mall

There have been five directors of the Liquid Crystal Institute.

  • Glenn H. Brown (1965 - 1983)
Dr. Glenn H. Brown founded the Liquid Crystal Institute in 1965. In 1986 the Kent State University Board of Trustees honored him by naming the institute after him.[2]
  • J. William Doane (1983 - 1996)
  • John L. West (1996 - 2003)
  • Oleg D. Lavrentovich (2003 - 2011)
  • Hiroshi Yokoyama (2011 - 2016)
  • John L. West (2016 - present)


  1. ^ "Liquid Crystal Institute--Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program--Kent State University". Archived from the original on 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  2. ^ "LCI Founder". Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-13.

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Coordinates: 41°8′39.45″N 81°20′23.68″W / 41.1442917°N 81.3399111°W / 41.1442917; -81.3399111