Melanie Klasen-Memmer

Transformation of technical requests into physical requirements and finally into the design of suitable materials is a fascinating way to generate innovative products.

Perspective

As a researcher in industry, it is great that I can work on interesting, sophisticated new scientific challenges which, most important, finally result in a concrete product that is produced in large scale. Close cooperation with customers is very important for an in-depth understanding of the market needs – otherwise a development of a real product is not possible in an effective manner. If a product with our materials is on the market, this makes me proud and satisfied.

Already starting with my time at the university, I was fascinated about questions combining physical and chemical research. Transformation of technical requests into physical requirements and finally into the design of suitable materials is a fascinating way to generate innovative products. I meanwhile have a huge experience, but still can find many challenging and new topics for innovations and inventions never ending in pure routine work.

To be a good researcher, one always has to stay curious, needs a lot of persistence and more important experience. A good idea as starting point is not everything, research is hard work, not always predictable and does not allow superficiality. 

I always try to stay with the continuously changing requirements and deliver constantly new products. Our company is an ideal place for curious people because of the extraordinary good opportunity to do application related research.

Transformation of technical requests into physical requirements and finally into the design of suitable materials is a fascinating way to generate innovative products.

Melanie Klasen-Memmer

Director in Display Solutions for New Liquid Crystal Display Applications

Profile

Joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany: 1998

Key research fields and topics:

  • New Materials and Technologies for Liquid Crystal Display Applications
  • Material Science
  • Physics Research

Prizes and awards:

  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Innovation Award (LC materials for LCD TV), 2002
  • Deutscher Zukunftspreis - Preis des Bundespräsidenten für Technik und Innovation (German Future Prize), 2003
  • Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Innovation Award (Holistic entrepreneurial approach - Securing the fast ramp of PS-VA business in AUO), 2009
  • PM-Display Solutions, Research Award 2019: Development of SAVA Technology

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CV & Scientific activities

CV: Education

CV: Education

1992 - 1995
Research Grant of the Land Rhineland-Palatinate, University
of Kaiserslautern, Germany
1995 - 1997
Scientific Assistant, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
1992
Diploma in Chemistry, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
1996
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

CV: Professional Career

CV: Professional Career

1998
Start with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany as Postdoc in Liquid Crystals R+D, Research project with the Japanese Ministry for Trade and Industry
1999 - 2005
Laboratory Head in LC Physics R+D, Monitor and TV Applications, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
2005 - 2014
Associate Director in LC Physics R+D, Established and Emerging Technologies. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
since 2015
Director in Performance Materials, LC Physics R+D, “Emerging Display Technologies”, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

References

More than 80 patents in various LC-related fields

List of selected Publications, Conference Contributions and Lecture Notes

1. M. Klasen, M. Bremer, A. Götz, A. Manabe, S. Naemura, K. Tarumi, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 37(1998), pp. L945-L948: Calculation of Optical and Dielectric Anisotropy of Nematic Liquid Crystals
2. A. Manabe, M. Reuter, M. Klasen, K. Tarumi, H. Ichinose, S. Naemura, ILCC 2000, Poster 24E-7-P: Determination of Rotational Viscosity by Means of Molecular Dynamics Simulation
3. M. Klasen, M. Bremer, K. Tarumi, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 39(2000), pp. L1180-L1182: New Liquid Crystal Materials for Active Matrix Displays with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy and Low Rotational Viscosity
4. A. Manabe, M. Reuter, M. Klasen, K. Tarumi, H. Ichinose, S. Naemura, S. Kuwajima, Determination of Rotational Viscosity by Means of Molecular Dynamics Simulation, ILCC 2000, Sendai, Japan, Poster 24E-7-P
5. K. Tarumi, M. Heckmeier, M. Klasen-Memmer, Journal of the Society for Information Display, Vol 10(2), 2002, p. 127-132: Advanced liquid crystal materials for TFT monitors and TV applications.
6. M. Klasen-Memmer, M. Bremer, K. Tarumi, Lecture IDW02, Hiroshima, Japan: Advanced Liquid Crystal Materials with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy for Monitor and TV Applications 
7. C. S. Lim, J. H. Lee, C. H. Oh, H. C. Choi, S.-E. Lee, M.-O. Jin, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, 3rd International Meeting on Information Display (IMID), Daegu, Korea, .-11.07.2003, 4.3: Development of Fast Response Time (16msec) in IPS Mode
8. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, Poster APPL-P090, ILCC 2004, Ljubljana, Slowenien: Transient current of nematic liquid crystals with negative dielectric anisotropy induced by step-voltage excitation
9. K. Tarumi, M. Klasen-Memmer, IDRC-IMID 2004, Daegu, Korea: 23.1: Advanced LC Development for LCD TV Application
10. C. S. Lim, J. H. Lee, H. C. Choi, C. H. Oh, S. D. Yeo, S.-E. Lee, M.-O. Jin, D.-J. Kang, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, 26.4, IDRC-IMID 2004, Daegu, Korea: : Fast Response Time in IPS Mode Using LC mixtures with High Elastic Constant
11. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi: IDW 2004, Niigata, LCTp4-7, 223 (outstanding poster paper award): Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Transient Current of Nematic Liquid Crystals with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy Excited by Step Voltage Application
12. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Inoue, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. Vol. 43 (2004) Part 2, No. 12B, PP L1588-L1591: Transient Current of Nematic Liquid Crystals with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy Induced by Step-Voltage Excitation
13. M. Bremer; M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, Adv. Mater. 2004, 16 (21), 1882-1885: Interview on Liquid Crystals for TV Screens
14. K. Tarumi, M. Klasen-Memmer, A. Manabe, Displays and Vacuum Electronics, Proceedings, 10th, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 2004, 19-24, VDE Verlag, Berlin
15. M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, H. Ichinose, H. Naito, Invited Lecture 13.1, Eurodisplay 2005, 19.-22.09.2005, Edinburgh, UK: Recent Liquid Crystal Material Developments for TV Application.
16. M. Bremer, M. Klasen-Memmer, D. Pauluth, K. Tarumi, Journal of the Society for Information Display, 2006, 14(6), 517 – 521.
17. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Inoue, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 47(10), 8230-8235, 2008. 
18. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, ILCC 2008, Jeju, Korea, Poster 1-APP45: Influence of Leslie Viscosity Coefficients on Response Time of Homeotropic Nematic Liquid Crystal Cells
19. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Inoue, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, ILCC 2008, Jeju, Korea, Poster 1-APP46: Measurement of Viscosity Coefficients of Nematics with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy.
20. A. Manabe, M. Klasen-Memmer, M. Bremer, K. Tarumi, D. Pauluth, ILCC 2008, Jeju, Korea, Contemporary 5, 779: „New Liquid Crystal Material Developments for Vertical Alignment Technology.
21. A. Götz, M. Klasen-Memmer, M. Bremer, A. Taugerbeck, K. Tarumi, D. Pauluth, IDW 2008, Niigata, Japan, LCT 6-3: Advanced LC Materials for Fast Switching Display Modes. 
22. Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Inoue, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, IDW 2008, Niigata, Japan, LCTp4-6 (best paper award): Leslie Viscosity Coefficients of Nematic LCs with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy Determined by Transient Current Technique. 
23. M. Oka, M. Iwaya, Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Inoue, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, International Display Workshops 2010 (Fukuoka), LCTp3-6: Temperature Dependence of Leslie Viscosity Coefficients of Nematic LC with Negative Dielectric Anisotropy Determined from Transient Current Using a Genetic Algorithm.
24. M. Oka, M. Iwaya, Y. Iwata, H. Naito, M. Inoue, H. Ichinose, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, IDW 2011, Nagoya, Japan, LCTp3-5: “A Method for Measuring Leslie Viscosity Coefficients and Dielectric Anisotropy of n-type Nematic LCs from Transient Current Using a Genetic Algorithm”. 25. M. Klasen-Memmer, H. Hirschmann, “Liquid Crystal Materials for Devices”, Handbook of Visual Display Technology, J. Chen, W. Cranton, M. Fihn, (Eds.), 1315-1342, 2012.
26. M. Bremer, P. Kirsch, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, „Der Fernseher in der Westentasche: Flüssigkristall-Materialentwicklung für das neue Jahrtausend, Angew. Chem. 2013, 125 (34), 9048 – 9065;
M. Bremer, P. Kirsch, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, „The TV in your pocket: Development of liquid-crystal materials for the new millenium“, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 52(34), 8880-96, 2013.
27. M. Bremer, M. Klasen-Memmer, K. Tarumi, “Development History of Liquid Crystal Displays and Its Materials”, Series On Liquid Crystals (4): Progress In Liquid Crystal Science And Technology, 2013.
28. M. Klasen-Memmer, H. Hirschmann, “Nematic Liquid Crystals for Display Applications”, Handbook of Liquid Crystals, Vol. 3, 105-130, J. W. Goodby, P. J. Collings, T. Kato, C. .Tschierske, H. F. Gleeson, P. Raynes (Eds.), 2014, World Scientific Publishing Company.
29. N. Greinert, C. Schoenefeld, P. Suess, M. Klasen-Memmer, M. Bremer, J. Canisius, SID 2015 Digest, 27.1: Opening the Door to New LCD Applications Via Polymer Walls.
30. S. Siemianowski, M. Bremer, E. Plummer, B. Fiebranz, M. Klasen-Memmer, and J. Canisius, SID 2016 Digest, 15.3: Liquid crystal technologies towards realising a field sequential colour (FSC) display.
31. E. A. Plummer, M. Klasen-Memmer, R. Fortte, H. Hänsel, G. Archetti, SID 2018 Digest, 36.1: „The Evolution of the Vertically Aligned Liquid Crystal Display.

 

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