Professors Clark, Walba and
Maclennan are researchers in the Liquid Crystal Materials
Research Center, an interdisciplinary research unit at CU-Boulder that
is one of the worlds leading crystal research centers. The Center
is funded in part by a National Science Foundation Materials Research
Science and Engineering Center grant.
This free hour-long show, combines physics, chemistry and engineering, is intended primarily for students in grades five through nine. CU Wizards is an annual series that introduces topics in astronomy, chemistry and physics.
"Liquid crystals are goo-like organic materials made of rod-shaped molecules that are sensitive to the polarization of light," Clark says. They are materials that in many ways are between solid and liquid states.
The Wizards demonstrate the
optical and electrical properties of liquid crystals and show how they
are used in todays high-tech society to display information in items
like laptop computers and digital watches.
For information about the CU Wizards series call (303) 492-6952 or visit the program's website.