Follow KSU News on Twitter

Kent State to host 5th International Liquid Crystal Conference this week (09/08/2009)

Artificial muscles, plastic motors, motors powered by light and several other exciting topics will be discussed at the upcoming International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference (ILCEC) being held at the Kiva at Kent State University on Sept. 24-26, 2009.

For the first time ever, this world-class conference will be held in the United States. Following the tradition of previous ILCEC in Ljubljana (2007), Cambridge (2005), Bleibach (2003) and Ebernburg (2001), this conference will bring together over 100 physicists, chemists, mathematicians, materials scientists and engineers active in the field of liquid crystal elastomers.

More than 40 presentations will be given, highlighted by the plenary lecture by Professor Heino Finkelmann, of the University of Freiburg, who developed the first liquid crystal elastomer in 1992. Finkelmann will present "Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Elastomers" at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, just following the opening of the conference.

Like conventional rubbers, liquid crystal elastomers are cross-linked polymer networks that can be highly extended. Like liquid crystals, these materials have orientational order, with molecules that spontaneously align in some direction.

A poster presentation will be held from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 204. The conference banquet will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday.

On-site registration of $250 will be available at the welcome desk. Parking is available in the Student Center parking lot adjacent to the Kiva.

The conference is being hosted and sponsored by the Liquid Crystal Institute. Other sponsors include National Science Foundation, Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, AlphaMicron, Inc., and Kent Displays, Inc.

To learn more about the 5th International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference visit:

For more information, please call 330-672-2654.

Free Public Lecture and LCI Tour to be given on Saturday Morning. A public lecture will be given by Ohio Eminent Scholar and Chemical Physics Professor Jonathan Selinger on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Samsung Auditorium at the Liquid Crystal and Materials Sciences Building, Room 101. The one-hour presentation is free and open to the public.

Selinger's presentation, "Liquid Crystals and Rubber: Combining Scientific Fields for New Technologies," will explore liquid crystal elastomers, which combine the features of liquid crystals with those of rubbers.

His lecture will provide a general survey of the science of liquid crystal elastomers, as well as technological applications of these materials. The lecture will be given on the level of college freshmen. Following the presentation, public tours of the Liquid Crystal Institute facilities will be given from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

# # #

Media Contacts:
Peter Palffy-Muhoray,, 330-672-2604
Jim Maxwell,, 330-672-7770


This page was last modified on September 8, 2009