Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP)

LCPs (Liquid Crystal Polymers) are partially crystalline aromatic polyesters based on p-hydroxybenzoic acid and related monomers. LCPs form areas of highly ordered structures when in the liquid phase but the degree of order is less than that of a regular solid crystal. LCPs are fire resistant at high temperatures and chemically resistant in very thin walled applications. LCPs are typically used for medical applications, including trays and drug delivery systems, and in diagnostics for the automotive and telecommunication industries.

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  • History

    • 1890: Otto Lehmann first identified the "liquid crystal phase" of matter
    • 1968: Commercialisation gathered pace when George Heilmeier developed the first liquid crystal application prototype
    • 1970s: Subsequent global research efforts led to liquid crystal applications replacing conventional display devices
    • By the 1980s-1990s this included portable PCs, mobile phones and electronic toys.
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