Contact Information: Rms. 9-11 SRL, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242; Tel. No. : (330)-672-2566

KUMAR Liquid Crystal Group

at Physics Department, Kent State University

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NSF Grant: Prof. S. Kumar (PI) and D. Agra-Kooijman were recently awarded an extramural research funding of $385,000 by National Science Foundation. The project is part of the R&D Partnership Program between US and Ireland.

Conference: Satyen Kumar delivered a keynote lecture in one of the plenary sessions at the 25th International Liquid Crystal Conference held at Trinity College, Dublin in July 2014. He presented the breakthroughs that have recently been made using synchrotron x-ray scattering in understanding the structure, molecular conformation, and ordering, and identified the mystery factor responsible for the lack of layer shrinkage in the smectic-C phase of de Vries materials.  More information on the conference can be found at



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