School of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Liquid crystals and photonics

The Liquid Crystals and Photonics group is proud to be at the forefront of innovative materials design to facilitate high technology devices of the past, present and future.

Liquid crystals

The group enjoys an enviable reputation for the innovative design and delivery of materials with significant fundamental properties, and importantly for high technology applications. In 2000 a spin-out company (Kingston Chemicals) was launched to complement the research activities of the academic group. Kingston Chemicals now provides liquid crystals for nematic and ferroelectric displays, and materials for research evaluation to academic and commercial customer throughout the world.

Liquid crystals research at the University of Hull goes back to the late 1940s, and we continue to research into fundamental properties of scientific importance that will facilitate the high technology devices of the future.

Find out more about the history of our research >

Research highlights

The liquid crystals and photonics group also has research subsets of organophotonics and nanophysics within the Department of Physics and Mathematics. Please see the organophotonics group pages for details of the latest research in this area.

Visit the Organophotonics and Nanophysics groups' pages.


  • Prof Stephen Kelly, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof Mary O'Neill, Department of Physics and Mathematics
  • Prof Georg Mehl, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr Mike Hird, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr Rob Lewis, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr Ali Adawi, Department of Physics and Mathematics
  • Dr Neil Kemp, Department of Physics and Mathematics

Postgraduate research opportunities

The Liquid Crystals and Photonics group has established a high-quality and supportive research environment and offers exciting research opportunities for postgraduate students.

The group attracts PhD research students and postdoctoral researchers from around the globe. Training and researcher development, including publication preparation, international conference presentation, data analysis, information retrieval and specialist method training, are very strongly supported and encouraged through continuous review and discussion of progress in all projects.

If you are interested in carrying out your postgraduate research studies with us please contact, in the first instance, Dr Mike Hird.

More information about postgraduate research in the Department of Chemistry >

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