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Liquid Crystal Institute Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

The goal of the Kent State University Liquid Crystal Institute is to provide students with the practical skills and fundamental knowledge necessary to pursue a career in liquid crystal displays.  Students are prepared for direct employment either within the industry, the government or higher education.  Students who chose study at the advanced level are taught to research independently for private, industrial, government, or research institutions.

Departmental Areas of Concentration

  • Optoelectronics (liquid crystal displays and applications)
  • Physical properties of liquid crystals
  • Synthesis and molecular design
  • Lyotropic liquid crystals and membranes
  • General Chemical Physics
  • Degrees Offered
  • M.S. Chemical Physics
  • Ph.D. Chemical Physics

Department's Home Web Page

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Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research level

  • Defects and Structures
  • Electro-optics
  • Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals
  • Liquid Crystal Applications
  • Liquid Crystal Device Development
  • Materials and Devices
  • Materials Characterization
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Physical Properties
  • Reflective Displays

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level

  • Artificial Muscles and Computer Modeling
  • Confined and Heterogeneous Systems
  • Defects and Textures
  • Electro-Optics and Electro-Optic Devices
  • Liquid Crystalline Elastomers
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Polymer Stabilized Materials
  • Structures and Phase Transitions
  • Surface Phenomena and Alignment
  • Synthesis of Low-Molecular Weight and Polymeric Liquid Crystal Materials

Fundamental Studies

Other Applications

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas


Prefer English materials and English translations.


Date of Publication

1960 to present (emphasizing current publications).


Geographical Guidelines

Worldwide (emphasizing material from international conferences).


Society or Publisher Emphasis

Emphasis on publications by the International Liquid Crystal Society.


Multiple Copies

Proportionate to demand.


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Material Types


 Recent Acquisitions


  • Research Level works are collected to reflect the above mentioned subject areas
  • Selective acquisition of dissertations, handbooks, technical reports, popular materials and textbooks

Audio Visual Material

Acquired per department request.


Theses and Dissertations

Selective acquisition of theses and dissertations reflect the department curricula and encompass student and faculty research needs.


Microform Reproductions

Acquired as a last resort.



A list of current subscriptions

Government Documents

Government Documents are collected to support research in the Liquid Crystal Institute.  Federal documents and publications in this area are particularly strong proceeding 1962.  Earlier documents were secured either through gifts or purchases.  A majority of these documents are cataloged and can be accessed at Kentlink.

Methods of Acquisition

Most government documents are secured, free of charge, through the federal or state government.  Materials are collected to reflect the program's curriculum and research needs.  Other documents requested by the department may be purchased by an allotment of the monographic funds.

Federal Government Publications and Information

Various documents at the federal level are published and distributed to support research in the Liquid Crystal Sciences.  Some agencies that provide this material are:

 State Publications

An agency that publishes liquid crystal science documents at the state level is

 Online Services and Electronic Resources

Electronic services and resources are made available through the University Libraries website at:

Liquid Crystal Resources


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