Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and Cell Phone Technology Developments

Dr. John West
Trustees Research Professor, Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University
(Recorded 02-2014)


Dr. John L. West is Trustees Research Professor in the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University. Previously, he was vice president for research and professor of chemistry at Kent State University. Dr. West participated in the preparation of the proposal for the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM); which was awarded in 1991 for a period of eleven years. In 1997, he was named director of the Liquid Crystal Institute and has since held the positions of executive director for research applications, vice president for research and dean of Graduate Studies. In addition to his other duties, Dr. West maintains an active and productive research program. He has published over 125 articles and holds more than a dozen U.S. patents related to liquid crystal materials. Dr. West earned a B.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.