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Merck KGaA widens its LCD offering

by Jean-François Tremblay
August 8, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 32

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Credit: Merck KGaA
Merck researcher Harald Seibert studies the surface structure of an LCD substrate with an atomic force microscope.
Credit: Merck KGaA
Merck researcher Harald Seibert studies the surface structure of an LCD substrate with an atomic force microscope.

Merck KGaA, the world’s top producer of liquid crystals used in displays, is strengthening its stake in the business. The German firm has signed a license agreement with the British firm Nanoco allowing Merck to produce cadmium-free quantum dots, which are used to enhance color in liquid crystal displays. Separately, Merck says it will spend $17 million to build a plant that produces liquid crystal windows. In June 2014, Merck acquired Peer+, a Dutch firm specializing in such windows, which can be electrically activated to control external light.

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