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Program Highlights

Integrating Magnetic Plastics Into Next-Generation Electronic Devices

Scientists researching electronic devices that promise to extend current technologies beyond the ITRS roadmap – the industry generated timeline for the development of silicon-based

Shape-Controlled Colloidal Interactions In Liquid Crystals

When an object, such as a colloidal particle, is put into a liquid crystal, it alters the otherwise uniform orientation of the molecules, creating a field of orientational disturbance around itself.

Polymerized Nanoporous Lyotropic Liquid Crystals for use with Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

LCMRC researchers have created a new family of electrolytes that promise to revolutionalize Lithium ion battery technology. Electrolytes are the electrically conducting media in batteries.

Picoprojectors using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Microdisplays

Center researchers are collaborating with spin-off Displaytech to develop FLC materials for application in picoprojectors.

Liquid Crystals a Sensitive Probe of DNA Hybridization

Liquid crystals that realign in response to DNA can reveal subtle sequence alterations, even a single base mutation.

Quantum Dot Circuits

Kagan and Murray fabricated the first electronic circuits from nanometer scale semiconductor particles known as quantum dots. These quantum dots are synthesized in solution and tailored in the shape of cubes so when they are assembled into solids, they fill space. The nanoscale cubes allow for high

Soft Spots in Disordered Colloidal Packings

Like liquids, solids can flow under applied shear stresses.  In crystalline solids, figuring out vulnerable regions where the material will break under stress is well-established—they are typically controlled by a population of defects in the crystal structure known as dislocations.  In disordered solids, however, defects are everywhere, making the task