Merck KGaA Debuts Award for Young Display Researchers

9/24/2016 9:13 AM 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, recently announced the recipients of its new Displaying Futures Award, designed to foster young display entrepreneurs and researchers with individual mentoring, access to a global network, and funds. The inaugural winning teams are from the University of Central Florida, Kent State University, and the Eindhoven University of Technology.

According to Merck, the award was developed to help the company identify new applications for its materials and to support further development of these materials. In a preselection stage, more than 30 submissions were narrowed to 10 teams, who presented innovations related to liquid crystals. A jury from Merck, consisting of various specialists from different areas of the company, chose three winning teams. The winners were evaluated based on the criteria of novelty, business potential, and impacts on society and the environment. The awards were presented at the company’s headquarters in Darmstadt in September, 2016.

The winning project from the University of Central Florida focuses on e-skin displays. These highly efficient, thin, flexible displays utilize ambient light and can also be used in very bright daylight. Kent State University’s project involves liquid-crystal sensors to detect the presence of hazardous chemical gases and display the results visually on a surface. And the team from Eindhoven has developed “fresh strips,” a technology that changes color to indicate whether foods or medical supplies have been exposed to excessively high temperatures and can still be consumed or used.  

The winners of the Displaying Futures Awards will receive mentoring from experts within and outside of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, access to the company’s global network, and $50,000 per team from Merck.


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