Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, Bangalore

The Centre for Liquid Crystal Research (CLCR) is an autonomous research institute of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. It was established in 1991 by Prof.S.Chandrasekhar, FRS as a scientific society registered in Karnataka with the following aims and objectives :

  • To build a centre of excellence which will have a focus on basic science, and would also develop a bias towards technology, keeping in line with the international trends on liquid crystals materials and devices. In addition to basic research on the physical properties of the liquid crystals, the Centre will undertake projects on the application of liquid crystals.
  • To undertake, carry on, develop and/or promote in every possible and conceivable manner advanced research in the field of liquid crystals and to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge in these subjects.
  • To undertake and develop techniques for inventing or discovering new products, processes in the field of liquid crystals for the benefit of mankind in general and India in particular.

The Centre made a humble beginning with ad-hoc grants from the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, in the form of project grants of SERC and a small grant given by the Raman Research Institute Trust. In 1995, the Planning Commission decided to fund the Centre and brought it under the administrative control of the then Department of Electronics (DoE), Govt. of India to act as a Centre of Excellence for research and development in the area of liquid crystal materials. CLCR then moved to its present location with the land and building provided by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bangalore. Today, CLCR is equipped with state-of-the-art equipments and facilities which are on par with the best of such facilities in this area, anywhere in the world and has carried out research on a variety of topics including synthesis and characterization of a host of liquid crystal materials. It has been active in both the basic and applied aspects of research on liquid crystals, a prominent soft condensed matter. The Centre has actively provided R&D support to BEL in its LCD manufacturing activity. BEL has been its industrial partner in a major initiative by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for new and fast LCDs. Recently CLCR has signed an MoU with M/s. Vision Multimedia Technology Ltd. (VMTL), Japan in connection with transfer of technology of a device invented in its laboratory.

For more information contact:

The Director
Centre for Liquid Crystal Research
P.B.No.1329, Jalahalli
Bangalore - 560 013
Ph:91-80-28381119, 28381347, 28382337
Fax: 91-80-28382044
E-mail: clcr[at]vsnl[dot]com
Website: www.cens.res.in