About Us

Breakthrough materials for a brighter tomorrow.

Brief History

Founded in 2013, with a foundation in nanochemistry and a global presence, Light Polymers is well-positioned to leverage its innovative technology. Our groundbreaking liquid crystal technology—built around our lyotropic liquid crystal polymer—led to the invention of an industry-leading direct-coat polarizer, opening doors to numerous possibilities and applications in displays, other electronics, optics, photonics, and even biomedical applications.

Our Mission

Imagine a future where your smartphone has a larger, high-contrast, glare-free, foldable display and a considerably longer battery life. Light Polymers’ lyotropic liquid crystal materials make this future a reality today. Our technology has the potential to revolutionize how displays are integrated into our everyday lives, offering improved efficiency, durability, and perhaps even new functionalities.

Our Team

With over 125 years of cumulative experience—we provide expertise in Chemistry, Physics, Optics, Chemical Engineering, and Application Methods. Our team members work for Light Polymers based on their passion for the technology we’ve developed and how it can serve the industry and the world. With offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, our reach is global.

Building a Brighter Tomorrow

At Light Polymers, we’re polymer chemists with unmatched expertise in lyotropic liquid crystal technology. We’re passionate about this technology’s value and benefits. And we’re singularly focused on taking it mainstream. We envision a future where lyotropic liquid crystals integrate seamlessly into advanced technologies such as MicroLEDs, Mixed Reality (MR) devices, and more.

Why this confidence? Lyotropic liquid crystal chemistry is inherently transparent and has a high refractive index, enabling it to make light more efficient in applications where it’s used. Its superior environmental stability and capacity provide brighter, sharper displays. Light Polymers’ proprietary lyotropic liquid crystal chemistry offers additional advantages for customers through direct coating, where we can elegantly eliminate non-value-added layers and steps in the manufacturing process. We also have the unique capability to pattern our polarizers at the pixel level.

Our materials enhance a wide range of applications in a wide array of industries. And our technology enables the thinnest and lowest-cost solutions available. The list of additional ways the industry—and the world—can benefit from our technology, methods, and materials goes on. What’s more, because our technology is water-based, it helps keep our planet green by reducing the use of toxic organic solvents commonly used with traditional polarizer manufacturing.

Applications

Following are just a few of the many applications for Light Polymers’ groundbreaking technology:

  • MR Headsets – In Mixed Reality optical designs, with film-based polarizers and retarders, the curved lenses require the polarized and retarder films to be formed (shaped), then laminated to the optical components. In contrast, Light Polymers’ coatable solution coats the polarizer and retarder directly onto the curved lens surface, resulting not only in thinner design and improved performance, but also in significantly lower overall design and production costs. Our technology and methods minimize the side effects of unwanted ghost images. They solve the greatest challenge in today’s Mixed Reality (MR) headsets, namely, reducing the thickness of the optics while increasing the sharpness of virtual images.
  • Automotive Displays – Automotive environments feature high ambient light and humidity, along with high temperatures. In these conditions, traditional film polarizing solutions can shrink and deteriorate, resulting in light leakage and ultimately diminishing display quality. Based on the superior environmental stability of Light Polymers’ Lyotropic Liquid and our Area Selective Polarizers, these concerns disappear.
  • MicroLED – Based on its capacity for brightness, MicroLED is widely considered to be the future of display technology. And based on Light Polymers’ precision patterning capabilities, we expect to play a major role in this future.

Our Business Model

We do our own chemical synthesis and formulation at our Santa Clara, CA R&D facility and application engineering and manufacturing at our in Hsinchu City, Taiwan facility.. We supply our chemistry (our materials) and our process expertise to customers who want to incorporate our lyotropic liquid crystal materials seamlessly into their own product solutions. In other words, we enable them to do direct coating in-house, resulting in a simpler and lower-cost supply chain. Our technology is unique and groundbreaking, but it’s also easy to adopt. In most cases, customers can use coating equipment they already have or can easily acquire. For them, this means better end products for their customers, a simplified supply chain, and, ultimately, increased profitability.

And how does Light Polymers benefit? By manufacturing and selling our own the high-margin materials. In return for transferring our technological know-how, we require customers to commit to an exclusive supply agreement.

Ready for Prime Time

Our coatable polarizers and retarder solutions are production-ready and available for purchase. Once we were virtually alone in believing in the power and potential of our technology and materials. Not anymore! Leading brands and display and touch manufacturers have evaluated our Lyotropic Liquid Crystal technology and have responded with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

We’ve partnered with Corning Korea (CTCK) and a major supplier of MicroLED displays to develop custom-patterned Area Selective Polarizer solutions for use in automotive and large-format television applications. And, in another acknowledgment of the value in our technology and processes, we recently received a BIRD Foundation (Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development) grant to develop unique liquid crystal-based polarized coating technology, methods, and systems to enhance Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality optics.

Meet Our Team

William (Bill) Bandel

Chief Executive Officer

In addition to 30 years in the display industry, Bill has vast experience with startups and the commercialization of display material businesses.

Sergey Fedotov

Chief Financial Officer

Sergey has 15 years of experience in chemistry startups, specifically in managing finances and funding. He focuses mainly on overseeing all company transactions.

James Chen, Ph.D.

Vice President of Operations

James has over 25 years of experience in display-related technology, during which he’s been granted more than 100 patents. His extensive expertise and industry connections have played a pivotal role in advancing our technology for display applications.

Valery Kuzmin

Vice President, Synthesis

Valery’s more than 20 years of researching the science and technology behind lyotropic liquid crystals has been vital in developing Light Polymers’ proprietary lyotropic materials.

Evgeny Morozov, Ph.D.

Director Application Engineering

Evgeny has 15 years of experience in applied physics, a field in which he’s gained more than 20 patents and applications. His vast experience has helped push our technology forward.

Sung Tae Shin, Ph.D.

Vice President, Korea

Previously the Senior Vice President of Samsung Display Advanced Research & Development, Sung is also a former Professor at Seoul University.