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Masterclasses - Interactive consultancy sessions covering Printed electronics, Graphene, OLED and 3D Printing, Displays and Lighting, Sensors, Supercapacitors, Conductive Inks, Electric and Hybrid vehicles, RFID and Internet of Things as well as many other emerging materials and technologies

Masterclass Program

Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center / Santa Clara, CA, USA

These sixteen optional expert-led Masterclasses are interactive consultancy sessions. At each Masterclass you will have the chance to handle many samples, and take away printed copies of presentations. They will ensure you get the most from the conference and leave with answers to your questions.

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1-to-1 time with an IDTechEx Analyst - available to all masterclass attendees.
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   Morning
   Afternoon
Tuesday - 16 April 2014              
Morning Registration: 8.30am - 9.00am
3
9.00am - 12.00pm
Printing Technologies

Afternoon Registration: 1.30pm - 2.00pm
5
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Energy Storage
6
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Materials
 
  Coffee:
10:15am - 10:30am
  Lunch:
12:00pm - 12:30pm
  Tours:
12:30pm - 2:00pm
 

Friday - 19 April 2014              
Morning Registration: 8.30am - 9.00am
9
9.00am - 12.00pm
Flexible Substrates

10
9.00am - 12.00pm
Displays & Lighting

Afternoon Registration: 1.30pm - 2.00pm
11
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Electric Vehicles
12
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Creating New Products
  Coffee:
10:15am - 10:30am
  Lunch:
12:00pm - 12:30pm
  Tours:
12:30pm - 2:00pm
 

DAY 1: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Morning session

 
 

Introduction to Printed Electronics

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Designed for those who are new to this disruptive technology or need to understand the big picture to assess the challenges and opportunities, this masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of the applications and technology developments involving printed electronics. Led by experts, it is the ideal time to voice your questions as part of the interactive session and learn of the technologies that are available and emerging. The class will cover:

Introduction
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with ten year forecasts for 2014-2024
  • Actual uses of printed electronics so far
  • Trends by territory
  • Value and supply chain and market drivers
Technology Appraisal

For each technology below analysts will cover how each technology option works, the advantages and disadvantages of each, ten year forecasts, case studies, suppliers, technical and market challenges and opportunities.

  • Displays (OLEDs, electrophoretic, electroluminescent, electrochromic)
  • OLED Lighting
  • Thin film transistor circuits (organic, inorganic semiconductors, thin film silicon)
  • Sensors
  • Conductive inks
  • Batteries and actuators
  • Photovoltaics
Manufacturing
  • A review of manufacturing techniques for printed, organic and flexible electronics
Forecasts and Trends
  • Historic sales data
  • Outlook for 2014-2024
  • New emerging disruptive technologies

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Morning session

 
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Introduction to Energy Harvesting


Energy harvesting is the generation of electricity from the environment, which can be used to power electronic and electric devices. Different technologies can be employed depending on the energy source. For movement, mechanical harvesters can be used (which can work from electrostatic, piezoelectric and electromagnetic movement). Other energy sources include light, heat, EM transmission, biological energy sources and more. Some versions are now even printed. Coupled with new forms of energy storage and lower power electronics, these energy harvesters can negate the need for small batteries in many applications enabling new markets, such as wireless sensors that last for decades or charging of consumer electronics devices.

This masterclass covers all the technologies involved, how they work, and appraisal of their strengths and weaknesses, relative costs and development paths. Case studies and paybacks are referenced. The leading developers are given plus market needs and ten year IDTechEx forecasts by technology, application and territory. It gives you the big picture from an unbiased viewpoint based on years of extensive global research conducted by IDTechEx.

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Morning session

 
3

Printing Technologies for Electronics Applications


This masterclass assesses the range of printing and non printing manufacturing and handling options for the new printed, organic and flexible electronics. It covers:

  • Assessment of printing technologies and related materials for screen, inkjet, gravure, flexo, DPN and more
  • Assessment of non printing options such as die slot coating, CVD, ALD, spin coating etc
  • Relevance of each manufacture technology to each application/material type
  • Where each is used and detailed case studies of printing and material selection
  • Challenges of printing by printing type and how to address them
  • Curing and sintering techniques assessed
  • Suppliers and market opportunity

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Morning session

 
4

Displays and Lighting: OLED, LED, E-Paper & Beyond


Displays are the largest market segment in printed/organic electronics. OLEDs are a $10 billion market for small sized displays and OLED TVs are now available. For many panel makers the LCD business has become loss making and so display companies seek differentiation. This masterclass analyzes the alternative display and lighting technologies, compares it to the inumbants and addresses the challenges, manufacturing, cost, company progress, value chains and opportunities. This masterclass, led by experts in the field, will guide you through:

  • The full range of technologies, market opportunities and challenges - covering OLED displays and lighting, epaper, LED lighting, bistable LCDs, elecrowetting, electrochromic, electroluminescent and other emerging display technology options
  • OLED vs LED lighting
  • How each technology works, investment behind them, company progress, applications
  • The issues to be resolved
  • The IP situation
  • The companies in the value chain, along with their positioning and strengths
  • Ten year forecasts by technology type 2014-2024

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Morning session

 
5

Conductive Films & Conductive Inks: Technologies, Markets and Applications


Divided into two major segments, this masterclass will give an overview of technologies, markets and applications for conductive films that enable innovative electronics technologies, allowing for versatility in performance, form factor, flexibility, etc.

Conductive Films and Inks

The first section will focus on deposition of conductive traces and conductive films in order to enable a variety of applications including photovoltaics, RFID, applications in the automotive sector, smart packaging, etc. The technologies that enable these applications vary from traditional conductive inks based on metal flakes, but also nanoparticle based solutions that are emerging, allowing for new deposition techniques and material systems. Markets enabled in the next decade will be discussed for both incumbent and emerging options.

Transparent Conductive Films

This section will cover the role of metal oxides, organic materials, and emerging alternatives including inorganic meshes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and more for transparent conductive films. It compares these to the market for ITO. The penetration of these options into applications such as displays, photovoltaics and touch screens, and others, is given for the next 10 years. Work from more than 50 organizations is summarized - including academic research institutes and companies, with commercial progress so far appraised.

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DAY 1: Tuesday - November 18, 2014

Afternoon session

 
6

Energy Storage: Batteries & Supercapacitors


This masterclass assesses the options for energy storage, looking at the range of batteries and supercapacitors, their relative strengths, weaknesses, costs and roadmaps. Over the last 100 years battery technology has fallen far behind the rate of development seen by other technologies but that is now changing thanks to urgent requirements such as energy harvesting and electric vehicles.

This masterclass covers:
  • Battery technologies - chemistries, current collectors, performance benchmarked, manufacture, design considerations, from lithium based batteries to other options such as zinc-air
  • Supercapacitor technologies - structure, materials, performance benchmarked and enabling materials such as carbon nanotubes and supercapacitors
  • Application of batteries and supercapacitors, case study assessment
  • Developments with flexible, transparent, printable etc., batteries and supercapacitors
  • Leading providers, users, value chain
  • Market Forecasts 2014-2024

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Afternoon session

 
7

Materials

off siteTour
Materials Masterclass - held at Heraeus offices in conjunction with a company tour. If you are selecting this class you will be unable to attend Masterclass 2 which is also being held off site.

This is an introductory masterclass that gives an overview to the materials used in emerging electronics, including organic semiconductors, inorganic semiconductors, metallic conductors, nanoparticles, nanotubes, conductive organic materials, dielectrics and more. Presentations will cover the full range of these different materials, giving a bird's eye view on available chemistries, performance, cost, printability, lifetime, suppliers, applications and multiple other parameters, with more in depth analysis in some of the other masterclasses available. In particular, this masterclass covers:

Materials Assessed:
  • Semiconductors - organic (including carbon nanotubes and graphene), inorganic (including metal oxides and silicon), and dielectrics
  • Metallic conductors (silver, copper and other metal nanoparticles, nanorods and nanowires)
  • Organic conductors (including carbon nanotubes and graphene)
These Materials are Assessed for Applications Including:
  • Photovoltaics
  • Displays and lighting
  • Touchscreens
  • Logic and memory
  • Actuators and sensors
  • Conductors
  • Batteries

Ten year forecasts are given for the material opportunity. The impact of using different print techniques (inkjet, gravure, etc.) and substrates (paper, plastic, glass, etc.) are also considered from the materials perspective.

Who are the major suppliers of materials by type? What are the biggest material challenges? What are the latest emerging materials capable of achieving? How are the design processes for electronic devices and systems affected by the new materials and technologies? It is all covered here by experts in materials, printing, and design.

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Afternoon session

8

The Internet of Things: Indoor Positioning Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, RTLS & Active RFID


This masterclass covers the technology and markets enabling The Internet of Things (IoT), covering Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) but also allied technologies such as Active RFID and Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS), focusing on how they are utilized to bring about the era of the "Internet of Things". The class will discuss in detail where all these technologies are going over the next ten years. It specifically addresses:

  • Different types of Active RFID and Wireless Sensor Networks systems: their cost structure and advantages and disadvantages for each choice
  • What is the Internet of Things and what part does wireless sensing and RFID play - opportunities
  • Architecture of the Internet of Things (IoT) from the grounds up
  • Traditional Active RFID, RFID enabled cellphones, Smart Active Labels/ Battery Assisted Passive tags, Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) and Wireless/Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN): technology choices, markets and standards
  • Deep dive on BAN/PAN/LAN communication systems
  • The largest orders and case studies by key market verticals
  • Lessons of success and failure
  • Trends and market size by territory and application type, now and in the future until 2023
  • Challenges to tackle and analysis of early adopters

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Afternoon session

9

3D Printing: Markets, Technologies & Materials


3D printing involves the generation of a 3-dimensional physical object from a digital model. The model is decomposed into a series of thin slices which are then "printed" on a layer-by-layer basis. A range of 3D printing technologies exist, each of which is suitable for use with a different set of "printable" materials and in different applications.

Originally used for form and fit prototyping, the approaches to 3D printing have evolved such that prototypes may also be function tested under working conditions. A market for high-value final product manufacturing is also emerging for highly complex and/or customized product.

This masterclass will cut through the hype to outline the scope and potential of the 3D printing technologies. The science behind each of the technologies will be presented in detail together with the major players behind the commercial development of each. Applications in specific industries including aerospace, automotive, medical and dental will be discussed, giving the end user perspectives. Future market needs and forecasts for the technologies will be given.

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Afternoon session

10

Wearable & Stretchable Electronics


Wearable electronics is rapidly turning into a hot topic. However, most of the examples regularly covered by the media are repackaged mobile phone components. This session will focus on the new materials and technologies that enable stretchable and fully conformable devices. It will cover the new technologies, as well as the existing products that are already on the market.

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DAY 2: Friday, November 21, 2014

Morning session

11

Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Science, Technology & Markets

off siteTour
Creating New Products Masterclass - held at the Future Store in conjunction with a company tour.

This masterclass is designed for those who are new to graphene and carbon nanotubes, and looking for an overview of the science, technology and markets. We will give our assessment for each target market, listing the active companies, analyzing value propositions, assessing the commercial opportunities, and forecasting market growth where appropriate. At the end of this class, attendees will understand the link between manufacturing techniques, material properties and applications.

Science and Physical Characteristics
  • Chemical structure
  • Optical characteristics
  • Mechanical properties
  • Single vs. multi-layered graphene
  • Single vs. multi-wall nanotube
  • Semiconducting vs. conductive
  • ...and more
  Assessment of Target Markets
  • Composites
  • Adhesives
  • Energy storage
  • Electronics and memory
  • Sensors
  • Touch screens
  • ...and more
 
Manufacturing Techniques

An overview of the manufacturing techniques will be presented, including liquid-phase exfoliation, chemical vapour deposition, arc discharge, etc.

For each manufacturing technique, we will outline the process flow and critically assess the pros and cons. We will detail the input material set, resultant material quality, equipment, cost, scaling issues including bottlenecks, active companies, etc.

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Morning session

 
12

Flexible Substrates, Transparent Conductors & Barriers for Flexible Electronics


This technical Masterclass explains the needs, the options and the future trends for the chemical structure and processing of flexible materials that are required to enable flexible electronics. In particular, it addresses the following flexible components for displays, lighting, PV, touchscreens, logic and sensors:

Flexible Substrates
  • Plastic, paper and inorganic substrate options
  • Temperature performance, barrier performance, latest progress, suppliers, costs, matching inks
  • New smart substrates, including electroactive polymers
  • Application relevancy
  • Market opportunity
Barrier Films
  • Requirements, technology options and their appraisal and suppliers
  • Companies which are active in the development of high barrier films and their achievements on the field to date
  • Surface smoothness and defects (such as cracks and pinholes) and the effect that these characteristics would have on the barrier behavior of the materials studied
  • Performance measurement
  • Forecasts for barriers for 2012-2022 for OLED displays & lighting and OPV
Transparent Conductive Films

This section will cover the role of metal oxides, organic materials, and emerging alternatives including inorganic meshes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and more for transparent conductive films. It compares these to the market for ITO. The penetration of these options into applications such as displays, photovoltaics, touch screens and others, is given for the next 10 years. Work from more than 50 organizations is summarized - including academic research institutes and companies, with commercial progress so far appraised.

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Morning session

 
13

Sensors & Actuators


This seminar will give an overview of printed (or potentially printed) sensors and actuators. Participants will learn about the technology, target markets and value proposition of these devices. Areas where printing adds value will be outlined for each type of sensor (pressure, temperature, light, touch, electrochemical, etc.). Flexible sensors, as well as large-area sensors will also be covered and the leading companies in each segment will be presented. For actuators, the main focus will be on electroactive polymers (EAP) and their applications in haptic feedback, speakers, medical devices, etc.

During the session, the IDTechEx market forecasts will show the latest trends and identify the commercial opportunities.

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DAY 2: Friday, November 21, 2014

Afternoon session

 
14

Thin Film Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies & Markets


This masterclass is designed to give an overall picture of photovoltaic technologies, from basic principles all the way to current advances, in addition to commercial trends and considerations and forecasts. The masterclass is structured as follows:

  • Photovoltaics: basic principles and operation
  • Photovoltaic technology assessment, players, market focus, covering:
    • Organic and hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaics
    • Dye-sensitized solar cells
    • Thin film technologies (e.g. amorphous silicon, CdTe, CIGS)
    • III-V/ II-VI multijunctions, crystalline silicon
  • Latest new applications and case studies
  • Progress with PV over the past decade - sales, subsidies, other trends and drivers
  • Market analysis with ten year forecasts to 2023
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Afternoon session

 
15

Electric Vehicles: Markets, Opportunities, Energy Storage & Infrastructure


This masterclass addresses the latest progress with hybrid, fuel cell and electric vehicles. It covers:

  • Ten year forecasts by vehicle type - unit numbers, average sales price (asp) and total market value
  • Commercial and academic activities
  • Options of energy storage for electric and hybrid vehicles, looking at the companies involved, roadmaps of battery technology
  • Activities of developers of electric and hybrid vehicles - covering land, water and airborne vehicles
  • The use and impact of emerging technologies such as energy harvesting, supercapacitors, power train systems, wireless sensors and wireless systems
  • Progress of companies compared and the suitability and performance of the technologies are given

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Afternoon session

 
16

RFID and its Progress Towards Being Printed


RFID is rapidly taking off for a wide range of applications, with over 4 billion tags shipped in 2012. The endgame is the item level tagging of up to ten trillion items every year and Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN) with at least billions of tags yearly but both call for ultra low-cost. In the case of item tagging they will cost little more than a barcode does today. For Ubiquitous Sensor Networks they must be self powered and under 50 cents each. Printed RFID is one of the most promising technologies to achieve these objectives - that includes printed transistors, sensors, batteries, microwave reflecting data carriers and antennas where needed. Today, we already have fully printed sub one cent RFID tags. These do not use thin film transistor circuits though and have various performance compromises. Additionally, over 50 companies are developing printed thin film transistor circuits which can mimic the silicon chip and be used as a printed RFID tag. This class will cover:

  • The demand for low cost RFID and progress with silicon RFID
  • What technologies are involved and how do these compete with the reducing cost of silicon chips
  • What benefits beyond cost are offered by this new electronics
  • What are the enabling technologies, progress of the leaders, market sizes and timelines
  • Which are the most suitable applications for printed RFID initially

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