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A new partnership between leading science and technology company Merck and the University aims to expand the use of liquid crystals in optical innovations. The five year collaboration will focus on the development of liquid crystals, commonly used in smartphones and TV screens, into non-display instruments such as switchable contact lenses and virtual-reality glasses. As…
Professor Jones has been awarded the Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize for his innovations in the field of liquid crystal displays and his entrepreneurial success in founding Displaydata Ltd, a leading supplier of graphic labels for the retail sector. https://www.leeds.ac.uk/forstaff/news/article/5711/institute_of_physics_medal_awarded_to_prof_cliff_jones
Advances in polymer composites: Paving the way for product innovation The Soft Matter Group has developed a cost-effective process for manufacturing lightweight, high impact resistant polymer composites, which has been commercialised over a wide range of applications including luggage and anti-ballistic body armour. Over many years fundamental polymer research at Leeds has, in parallel with…
In collaboration between the Soft Matter Group in Leeds, and researchers at Oslo University, a striking transition was discovered between two classes of self-organizing patterns in draining thin-film suspensions. The patterns are surprisingly common in everyday life, and immediately recognizable. This is because draining thin-film suspensions encompass two extremely familiar cases: dirt and food. From…