Darmstadt, Germany, September 29, 2015 – Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading company for innovative, top-quality high-tech products in the healthcare, life science and performance materials sectors, today announced that it has launched an initiative entitled “Technologies for Building and Adaptive Architectures” together with Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. The first expert conference in this series will be held on October 1 and 2, 2015 in Chicago. The theme is “Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials”. Leading architects, designers, urban planners and other practitioners will engage in an exchange with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, experts on new technologies and materials that permit innovative functionalities and new designs for construction and urban planning. The event is one among many that Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is using to mark its 125th anniversary in the United States.

The conference will be opened by Inese Lowenstein, Head of the Display Materials business unit at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, who will explain the tremendous future prospects of the new technologies. According to Lowenstein, “the new smart materials have the potential to fundamentally transform modern-day architecture and urban construction.”

Through its Performance Materials business, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been making important contributions to this sector for many years now. These range from effect pigments to materials for organic photovoltaics and organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) up to liquid crystals for displays. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is the technology and market leader with its state-of-the-art liquid crystal mixtures and is continuously finding new applications for liquid crystals beyond displays. At the conference in Chicago, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will present liquid crystal window technology for switchable smart windows as well new areas of application for liquid crystals such as smart antennas and headlight systems. LC Window technology enables windows to be switched in just seconds from light to dark and vice versa to create a comfortable environment inside without the need for traditional shading solutions. Various options with regard to coloring are creating new options for the architectural design of windows and fašades.

The conference will also feature an extensive exhibition with display items and the latest application examples from the Performance Materials business by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, such as photovoltaic modules and OLED cells. In addition, the operating principle of liquid crystal window technology will be demonstrated. The event in Chicago is part of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, “Displaying Futures” initiative, which has been realized in recent years with high-caliber events at various locations in Asia.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will celebrate the grand opening of its Innovation Center at global headquarters in Darmstadt on October 1, 2015. The two-floor building, which has a surface area of over 1,500 square meters, offers room for ideas and exchange. It is to promote both the innovative potential of all employees of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and give external innovators the opportunity to develop their ideas with support from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. While the respective businesses will continue to drive research and development, the Innovation Center is intended to promote ideas arising either at the interfaces of or beyond the core businesses. Customer proximity and marketability are in the foreground.

More information on Harvard Design: Chicago and the Adaptive Architectures and Smart Materials Conference from October 1-2, 2015 can be found here.