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Program Highlights for year 2012

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.

Imaging 'Invisible' Dopant Atoms in Semiconductor Nanocrystals

In semiconductor nanocrystals, the physical effects of deliberately included impurities, called dopants, may depend on the dopant position with the crystal. 

Why Most Plastics Can't be Metals

Conductive polymers, i.e. plastics, that conduct electricity, are important in science and technology as they offer the potential for cheap, flexible electronic devices.