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Professors awarded NSF grant to improve displays and illuminators (Released: 11/28/95)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Two University of Connecticut professors have been awarded a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop an environmentally conscious process to improve the performance and lifetime of flat panel displays and broad area illuminators.

Fotis Papadimitrakopolous, assistant professor of chemistry at the Institute of Materials Science, and Faquir C. Jain, a professor of electrical and systems engineering, are developing the displays and illuminators for use with laptop computers, televisions and cellular phones.

The initiative is aimed at strengthening Connecticut's technology base and providing a competitive edge for displays and illuminators produced by industries in the state, Jain said.

The grant follows seed money the pair received earlier for a project conducted with Westinghouse Norden Systems of Norwalk and Elite Technologies of Stamford. That project received $150,000 over two years earlier this summer from the state Department of Economic Development as well as $100,000 each from Westinghouse Norden Systems and Elite Technologies.

The Critical Technologies Initiative at the Institute of Materials Science is providing internal support for the project, which has already resulted in the development of a lamp that is three times brighter than existing devices.

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