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Liquid crystal (LC) displays have experienced tremendous market adoption over the last ten years. Driving this market growth are the advantages of cost, power consumption and size that LC displays provide over traditional cathode-ray-tube (CRT) based displays. The LC display market has also grown horizontally encompassing displays for televisions, cellular handsets, cameras, PDA's, medical equipment, automotive and aviation applications. Despite this market success, performance limitations remain in LC technology, specifically in limited viewing angles and brightness.

Solaris is pursuing the development and eventual large-scale manufacturing of anisotropic metallic nanostructures specifically engineered for display applications. These rod structures, or nanorods, are easily incorporated into liquid crystals to dramatically improve display performance in viewing angle, brightness and power consumption. The doped LC material would be light-stable and could be a direct substitute for the current LC materials without any manufacturing process changes or capital expenditure requirements for the display manufacturer.

The use of rod-like versions of our metallic nano-structures embedded in liquid crystal (LC) materials could lead to displays which offer greatly expanded viewing angles.

Solaris' approach has attracted World Gold Council funding and strong interest from Chisso Corporation, Merck KGaA, and Philips Laboratories. Work in this area is performed at Brown University with Philips Laboratories involved in the evaluation of a fully integrated display. This application could result in significant revenues stemming from the $1 billion liquid crystal market.