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Governor Announces Kent State as a Center of Excellence

Posted Apr, 19, 2010

Gov. Ted Strickland has named Kent State as a Center of Excellence in Enabling Technologies: Advanced Materials and Sensors for the state of Ohio. Kent State joins four other universities throughout the state to receive this distinction.

The Centers of Excellence in Enabling Technologies are committed to focusing their academic and research activities on advanced materials and sensors technology development to create jobs and strengthen Ohio’s ability to bring innovative technologies to commercialization. Kent State was selected for its strengths in liquid crystal, bioscience and nanotechnology research. Kent State 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 liquid crystal display (LCD) industry.

“Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute joins faculty from various departments, including chemical physics, chemistry, physics and biological sciences, to conduct interdisciplinary research in liquid crystals and their expanding use in bioscience and nanotechnology,” said John West, Kent State vice president for research. “The Liquid Crystal Institute has developed a large patent portfolio and fostered successful and innovative companies, such as Kent Displays, AlphaMicron, CoAdna Photonics, Hana Microdisplays, Kent Optronics, Kent Scientific and IC Medtec. We welcome being named a Center of Excellence and are committed to driving new innovation that helps create jobs and brings dollars to Ohio.”

For more information on Ohio’s Centers of Excellence, visit

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