Technology Development Fund supports a Major Project under AMPL

September 3, 2019

In their pursuit of innovative ideas to enrich the intellectual character of the Center on Advanced Materials for Photonics and Lasers, AMPL, based in Chemical Engineering, Professors Chen and Anthamatten have been awarded a Technology Development Fund at the University in collaboration with Meadowlark Optics, Inc.

This seed funding of $100K was committed to pave the way for a ground-breaking project that utilizes Chen’s patented glassy liquid crystals for a novel night-vision technology. The research couples circular dichroism with selective wavelength reflection as a means to engineering optical coatings with high isolation ratio.  Such coatings directly addresses critical intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting needs as an integral part of our national defense.