Asad Khan - Next Generation Flexible eWriters - Transition from Research

Session 4: Displays

Next Generation Flexible eWriters - Transition from Research of New Technologies to Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

The flexible, roll‐to‐roll eWriter technology, based on cholesteric liquid crystals, has inherent reflective color, bistablity, and requires no power to maintain a static image. By applying localized pressure to the flexible, roll‐to‐roll manufactured eWriter display with either a stylus or fingertip a bright line is written on the dark background of the display. Flexible eWriters are entering a new paradigm in this category via technological innovations such as exact erase, semitransparency, large area, and multiple color. These innovations are enabled by continuous, roll-to‐roll, flexible display manufacturing and are catapulting eWriters to new and expanding consumer electronics segments. The development of these exciting technologies as well as transitioning from research to mass production will be discussed and presented. In addition, aspects of mass production, roll‐to‐roll processing, and scale up will be discussed.

Speaker's Biography

Dr. Asad Khan is the Chief Technical Officer of Kent Displays and is also a member of the executive committee.  In this role, he oversees the product development, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and research & development functions. He is involved in key strategic planning for the technology and business interactions of the corporation. Dr. Khan has been with Kent Displays for over 22 years. In this time, he has held numerous positions in R&D as well as management functions.

Dr. Khan is also adjunct Professor of Chemical Physics at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University.

Dr. Khan holds more than 20 U.S. and international patents and is a co-inventor on several pending U.S. and foreign patents on cholesteric materials and displays. He is the author of numerous technical publications in liquid crystals including a contributing author in a book. He has given numerous presentations and seminars on liquid crystal display technologies in national and international conferences.  He is the recent recipient of the covet APS Prize for Industrial Physics 2017. He is a member of the Society for Information Display and the Society for Optical Engineering. Dr. Khan has a B.S. in Physics from the College of Wooster, an M.S. in Physics from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University.


Asad Khan
Kent Displays