Liquid crystals

We have been exploring the possibilities of liquid crystals for over 110 years.

Past, meet present

Since the beginning, we have been an active partner with scientists and manufacturers in exploring the possibilities of liquid crystals.

In 1888, botanist Friedrich Reinitzer encountered a strange occurrence while working with the chemical substance cholesteryl benzoate. When heated, it transitioned through a state that was neither solid, liquid, nor gas. How could the scientific world explain this "new" state of matter? German physicist Otto Lehmann teamed with Reinitzer to study this phenomenon and named it "liquid crystals".

Beginning in 1904, Lehmann partnered with us to investigate unexplored liquid crystal properties of our substances that were already on the market. The work was purely experimental. No technical applications were envisioned until the end of the 1960s, when various possible applications were developed by groups of American researchers for analytical measuring technology, for non-destructive materials testing, and as a diagnostic tool. Out of renewed research and development, the first liquid crystal display was unveiled in 1968.

The following year, our brand of highly reliable liquid crystals – licristal® – was on the market, and we haven’t stopped innovating liquid crystal materials and technologies. Our continuous research in this area for over 50 years has contributed decisively to repeatedly boosting the image quality and reliability of state-of-the-art displays. 

power to the pixel

Device sophistication and new applications put high requirements on the performance of displays and liquid crystals are a crucial component. We constantly work on new, sophisticated singles and customized mixtures that always precisely meet the desired performance properties. Even more: We offer that something Xtra and exceed the most complex requirements in transmission, contrast, and reliability.

Pixels are given even more power with our Pixelplus liquid crystal singles:

  • licristal®XtraBright for realizing ultra transmission displays
  • licristal®XtraBrilliant for enabling outstanding contrast displays
  • licristal®XtraBoost for advancing quality and reliability to the next level

Experience the something Xtra that gives displays outstanding performance.

Schematic model of liquid crystals Schematic model of liquid crystals
Schematic model of liquid crystals

The term liquid crystals was coined in the late 19th century by German physicist Otto Lehmann to describe the phenomenon of a substance that was neither solid, liquid, nor gas.

Looking forward

We aren’t thinking just about new types of energy-efficient displays; we're also focusing on breakthrough innovations in the search for liquid crystal applications “beyond displays”. With our exceptional commitment to LCs, we create other exciting new opportunities for current and future markets such as tailored materials for light and data management, smart antennas for mobile reception and high-speed data transmission, as well as smart lighting systems for automobiles and architecture. We're also making significant progress with sophisticated LC materials for energy-saving LC window daylight control systems.

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