Ashland University to Host Talk on Materials for eWriters

Ashland University to Host Talk on Materials for eWriters

9/24/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Asad Khan, chief technical officer of Kent Displays, will speak at Ashland University on the development of materials for eWriters, electronic alternatives to paper as well as other computer display technologies.

The talk, titled “eWriters: Flexible Displays & Electronics – Beyond the Hype and onto Commercialization” is free and open to the public. It is set for Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education.

The talk is the second annual presentation of the “Lab to Marketplace seminars” sponsored by the Science Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. The Lab to Marketplace seminars brings speakers to the AU campus who are engaged in translational research, research that uses scientific knowledge to develop new technologies and other applications.

Khan is the chief technical officer of Kent Displays and is also a member of the executive committee. As CTO, he oversees the product development, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and research and development functions. He is involved in key strategic planning for the technology and business interactions of the corporation. Khan has been with Kent Displays for over 23 years. During this time, he has held numerous positions in R&D as well as management functions. Khan also is adjunct professor of Chemical Physics at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University.

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 coveted 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.

The Lab to Marketplace seminar series is supported by the National Science Foundation through Ashland University’s NSF S-STEM grant, “Science Scholars Program: Opening the Science Career Pipeline Through Enhanced Engagement and Support.” This five-year grant provides scholarships and academic support for academically talented science students with financial need. The program is designed to provide renewable scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 annually to students with unmet financial need declaring a major in the natural sciences and planning to pursue a career in science. As well as scholarships, the Science Scholars Program provides students with peer- and faculty-mentoring and additional programing through a dedicated career-coach and the Center for Academic Support to help them succeed in their education at AU. Further information about the program can be found at

Additional information is available by contacting Paul Hyman, associate professor of Biology, at: or 419-207-6309.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###