Energy Conversion Division -Hirotsugu KIKUCHI-
Photoelectric Conversion Technology
- Electro-optical materials using liquid crystals
- Photonic liquid crystals
- Display device materials
We create new “soft matter” by equipping functionalized molecules such as liquid crystal and polymer molecules with unique order structures and organizational structures, and by fusing the original functions of the molecules with the functions brought about by their aggregate forms. We investigate the structures and the physical properties of those soft matters and apply them to materials that demonstrate advanced electronics and photonics functions. Liquid display devices with high-speed response and low energy consumption are being developed based on the polymer-stabilized blue phases.