Merck to Work with Leeds University on LC Applications

By Bob Raikes
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Merck said that it is working with the University of Leeds to develop a range of digital optical applications with liquid crystals under its “Emerging Innovation – LC 2021” strategic initiative.

Mark Verrall, Head of R&D for the Display Materials business unit at Merck, explained that “the University of Leeds is an ideal partner for us, because the research teams have broad expertise and have the means to build prototypes of the future devices. As for Merck’s role, we’ll concentrate on developing advanced liquid crystal materials specially designed for these new optical applications beyond displays.” The University of Leeds has developed applications including switchable contact lenses.