Electronic Paper: A Midwinter Afternoon's Lost Dream?

Ian Morrison, Harvard University

Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

Likely you are reading this abstract on an electronic surface, possibly portable, but also likely stiff as stone tablet. What happened to the promise of electronic paper? Where is the Tom Cruise reading USA Today suddenly updating with the news he is a wanted man? Or Neal Stephenson's mediatron in The Diamond Age? Have we lost interest? Is it too difficult? Are our engineering skills too poor?

Six questions — fewer answers.

About the Speaker

Ian Morrison is a lecturer at Harvard on soft matter physics, a lecturer for the American Chemical Society on colloid chemistry, and President of Owen Research (inks for electronics). Previously he was a Fellow at Cabot, Director of Ink Technology at E Ink Corporation, and a Principal Scientist at Xerox. He has coauthored two textbooks on colloid chemistry and has been granted over 50 US patents.