Elda Hegmann Group


Elda Hegmann, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences (BSCI)

Member of the Advanced Materials & Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI)

Member of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program

Member of Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI)

Materials Science Graduate Program (MSGP)


Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), 08/2017 - AMLCI/CPIP & Department of Biological Sciences @ KSU

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), 03/2016 - LCI/CPIP @ KSU

Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track), 2011- 02/2016 @ KSU

Associate Research Officer, 2008 - 2011 @ Institute for Biodiagnostics/National Research Council Canada (IBD-NRC)

Sessional Instructor, 2008 - 2011 @ International College of Manitoba (ICM)

Sessional Instructor, 2007 - 2008 @ Chemistry Department; University of Manitoba (U of M)

Postdoctoral Fellow at a Federal Laboratory (NSERC- PDF), 2005 - 2008 @ IBD-NRC (M. Jackson)

Sessional Lab Instructor, 2003 - 2005 @ U of M

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2003 - 2005 @ U of M (M. Freund)

Research Associate, 2002 - 2003 @ Queen's University (B. Amsden)

PhD 2003 @ Université Laval (C.G. Bazuin)

MSc 1996 @ Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (D. Navarro-Rodríguez)

BSc 1992 @ Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila (A. Valdés-Flores)


Merck KGaA, Darmstadt. 2016.“Displaying Futures Award”. 

NSERC-Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in a Canadian Government Laboratory (NSERC), 2005-2008. 

Student Award: Cover Design of Annual Report – Research Centre of Science and Engineering of Macromolecules (CERSIM), 1998. 

Doctoral Scholarship: Program “Becas de Excelencia” – National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) Mexico, 1997-2001

Doctoral Scholarship: Program “Bourse d'Excellence du Gouvernement Québécois” – Ministère de l'Éducation de Québec, 1997-2001

Master Science Scholarship: Program “Becas de Excelencia” – CONACyT, México, 1993-1996


M. Prévôt, A. Nemati, J. Vanegas, E. Hegmann, and T.Hegmann, US PCT 62/586,304, Invention Disclosure Form 11/06/2017; "Detection of gases and vapors by patterned nanoparticle liquid crystal alignment".

M. Prévôt, T. Hegmann, and E. Hegmann, Filing of Conversion Application claiming priority to US 62/572,902, filed 10/16/2017; Biodegradable, biocompatible 3D liquid crystal elastomeric foam scaffolds having tailor-made animal (human) pore cells sizes via a salt leaching method are capable of growing tissue therein for therapeutic reconstruction of damaged and/or diseased tissue or organs.

Y. Gao, T. Hegmann, and E. Hegmann, 12/19/2014; PCT/US2014/071618 “Biocompatible: smart responsive scaffold having interconnected pores

A. Neshat, A. Sharma, T. Hegmann, and E. Hegmann, 04/15/2013, US PCT 61/853993 “Biodegradable side-chain LC elastomers: smart responsive scaffolds

(under maiden name)

Michael S. Freund, Elda Bravo-Grimaldo, and Sarah Hachey. US PCT/CA2006/000879. “Metastable reaction mixtures for the in-situ polymerization of conducting polymers”


Thanks to the following agencies, organizations, funding agencies and industrial partners:

Beam time at Brookhaven National Laboratory - US Department of Energy (DoE), 2017-2021

NSF: CCSS1807364. GOALI: Ink-jet printed nanoparticle alignment layers for multi-responsive liquid crystal gas and vapor sensing, 2018-2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (NSLS-II)/Stony Brook University. X-ray Studies of Additively Manufactured Hierarchical Polymeric Materials with Tunable Adhesion, Tensile and Barrier Properties. 2018-2020

Beam time at Advanced Light Source (ALS) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - US Department of Energy (DoE), 2018-2019

Ohio TeCK Fund: LiCrystalor LLC  (now Torel LLC) - Toxic Gas and Vapor Sensors 2017-2018.

Beam time at Advanced Light Source (ALS) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory- US Department of Energy (DoE), 2017.

Displaying Futures Award: Liquid Crystal Gas and Vapor Sensors, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt. 2016.

NSF: CHE-1263087 (REU); 2017-2020.

Beam time at Advanced Light Source (ALS) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - US Department of Energy (DoE), 2016.

Scratch-resistant and scratch-healing polymer composites, Dankook University and Ceko Co. Ltd. Industry-sponsored collaboration, Korea; 2015.

Beam time at Advanced Light Source (ALS) - US Department of Energy (DoE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2015.

NSF: CHE-1263087 (REU); 2013-2016.

KSU: PDF program (2 position, 2 years each), A&S Research Initiative - Collaborative Grant (with C. Malcuit, J.M. McDonough, R.J. Clements, E. Freeman and T. Hegmann); 2013-2015.

Evaluation of the efficacy of L-DOS47 as a therapy for lung cancer cells using a multimodal molecular imaging strategy, Helix BioPharma, Canada, 2010-2011.

Evaluation of antibody-delivered therapies for cancer using fluorescence imaging (Phase III), Helix BioPharma, Canada, 2008-2010.

Evaluation of antibody-delivered therapies for cancer using fluorescence imaging (Phase II), Helix BioPharma, Canada, 2007-2008.

Evaluation of antibody-delivered therapies for cancer using fluorescence imaging (Phase I), Helix BioPharma, Canada, 2006-2007.


Elected Co-Chair 2023 (w/ Tim Atherton, Tufts University) Liquid Crystals Gordon Research Conference (GRC).

Elected Co-Vice Chair 2021 (w/ Tim Atherton, Tufts University) Liquid Crystals GRC.

Invited Discussion Leader at 2019 Liquid Crystals GRC.

Editor for Liquid Crystals Today, since 2019. Today. Since 2019.

Chair - Special Session S02 (July 24th): Self-Organized Liquid-Crystalline Nanostructured Membranes and Graphene Oxide Liquid Crystals and Relevant Functional Nanostructures. 27th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC), Kyoto, (Japan), July 2018.

Invited Discussion Leader at 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Crystals.

Picture judge 2015, of the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) “Featured Liquid Crystal Art of the Month”.


Training on growing, differentiation and characterization of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC's) at the Stem Cell Research Center, National Yang-Ming University, July 2010

Certificate of Completion, Canadian Council on Animal Care: National Institutional Animal User. Training Modules 1-12. National Research Council Canada, Institute for Biodiagnostics (NRC-IBD), May 2005