A new material called Zwitterionic maybe the key to improving the refresh rates on LCD monitors and TV’s.
The new material created by Professor Piotr Kaszynski and grad student Bryan Ringstrand at Vanderbilt University may help upgrade the crystals used in todays LCD displays.
The new crystals have a zwitterionic structure, which means : they are composed of charged groups of atoms but have no net charge.
This has allows the researchers the ability to create crystals with a higher electric dipole. The property that allows them to switched between their light and dark states quicker than the currently used crystals.This new speed improvement translates into a higher refresh rate and a lower display latency.
Vanderbilt has applied for a patent on the new class of materials. Some of the companies that manufacture liquid crystals for commercial applications have expressed interest and are currently evaluating it. The research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
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