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STTR PHASE I: Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal (FLC) Gels for Facile Processing…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88518
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0741216
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
LC Vision, LLC
2910 Regis Drive Boulder, CO 80305-5329
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: STTR PHASE I: Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal (FLC) Gels for Facile Processing and High Yield Manufacture of Hardened FLC Displays
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0741216
Award Amount: $149,920.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project will enable the widespread use of Ferro-electric Liquid Crystal (FLC) electro-optic devices which is currently impossible because their high fabrication costs become prohibitive for displays over a few centimeters in size. New FLC materials are needed to construct well-aligned FLC cells and consequently larger and less expensive devices. This research will develop polymer dopants that expedite processing and increase yield of well-aligned FLC cells by designing and synthesizing block copolymers that dissolve in the isotropic phase of the Liquid Crystal (LC) and self-assemble into a network when the LC cools. It will characterize the physical properties of these FLC gels to show they retain fast electro-optic (EO) responses and test the new FLC gels for improved durability and manufacturability. Approximately 2 billion small flat panel displays are used annually in cell phones, PDAs, iPods, etc. The additives developed would allow FLCs to be processed into displays in this size range, providing a step-change in resolution and speed. Scientifically, LC gels and elastomers have proven to be a fascinating class of materials and theory is just beginning to offer tantalizing predictions of phenomena that may be found when experimentalists begin to explore FLC gels. This project will be at the cutting edge of experimental research in FLC gels, providing the first glimpse into the consequences of orientational coupling and rubber elasticity in chiral smectic LCs.

Principal Investigator:

Michael D. Wand
PhD
3035060723
mdwand@gmail.com

Business Contact:

Michael D. Wand
PhD
3035060723
mdwand@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

LC Vision, LLC
2910 Regis Drive Boulder, CO 80305

EIN/Tax ID: 200373206
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125
Contact: David Mayo
Contact Phone: (626) 395-6219
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university