Disruptive technologies, forms and applications
10 - 11 April 2019 Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany


Analyst-led sessions providing impartial market and technology insights including:
  • Key players, progress, innovations, case studies and forecasts
  • Complete mapping and appraisal of technologies and markets
  • Clarity of the value chain and unmet opportunities
Spaces are limited!

Attendee Feedback

"Good blend of technology, market landscape and customer application examples." - Henkel Corporation
"Good overview combined with sensible insights and a welcome dose of reality." - Wittra
"We appreciated the detailed technical information." - Nitto Europe
"The masterclass covered the most recent topics for organic materials, showing recent applications and theoretical aspects." - CYNORA GmbH
"The masterclass has many new technology introductions and I collected a lot of information - this is very useful!" - Xinyuan Electronics
"Very technical and a lot of hands-on knowledge shared. Really nice class." - Microdul

Masterclass schedule

Raghu Das

1: Introduction to Printed Electronics: Technologies, Players, Markets

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  • All key technologies and markets mapped
  • End-user needs: case studies and market drivers
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Designed for those who are new to this disruptive technology or who 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. The class will cover:
Market Appraisal
  • Actual uses of printed electronics so far
  • Trends by territory
  • Value and supply chain and market drivers
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with 10 year forecasts
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover how each of the following technology options work; the advantages and disadvantages of each; 10 year forecasts; case studies; suppliers; costs; 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
  • A review of manufacturing technologies
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology from analysts that have studied the topic since 2002. Samples of printed electronics components and products will be shown.
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead

2: Introduction to Wearables: Technologies, Players, Markets

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  • A critical view of the sector
  • The range of applications and market trends
  • Emerging technologies for the next wearable devices
Wearable technologies has become the new hot topic. Indeed, it is estimated that the total addressable market will grow to $100 billion in the next decade. But while many are targeting healthcare applications, few have actually succeeded. In this context, it is necessary to have a critical look at the market trends, and to assess what it means in terms of growth and profitability.
On the technology side, most of the existing products leverage the components that have been developed over the years for the mobile phone industry. However, there are exciting new technologies coming up, from flexible displays to biometric sensors. This session will introduce the new materials and technologies that will enable future wearable devices.
This session will cover:
  • The current range of wearable electronic products
  • Applications in healthcare and infotainment
  • Risks and challenges
  • The key enabling technologies for next-gen devices
  • Potential market size and opportunities
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director

3: Materials for Printed, Flexible & Organic Electronics

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  • Assessment of the complex material landscape that provide "active" functionality
  • Application requirements, latest material progress and unmet needs
  • Key suppliers and global trends
  • Covering quantum dots, conductive ink, graphene, organic semiconductors, transparent conductive films and more
The printed electronics industry is largely being driven forward by innovation in materials. In fact, the material end of the value is currently where most of the action and value is. Every large material and chemical company in the world is involved and the business landscape is full of SMEs and start-ups hoping to commercialize their latest innovative materials.
The advanced material space is inevitably highly diverse and complex. On the technical side, printable materials must fulfil a variety of roles ranging from conducting to insulting, rigid to stretchable, transparent to light-emitting, screen to inkjet printing, thermal to photo-curing, etc.
On the commercial side, printable materials must satisfy the challenging performance and price requirements exacted by devices, applications, and markets that fall under the greater umbrella term of 'printed electronics'. This is a diverse and broad group that includes displays and lighting, photovoltaics, transistors and memory, smart packaging, etc
The materials business remains the most exciting, dynamic, and innovative part of the printed electronics industry. In this class, we have selected some of the most important and/or promising materials of the printed electronics industry. For each material, we will describe the business context within which it competes, the latest technological progress, the primary application requirements, and the critical technical and business challenges facing the suppliers.
Technologies Covered
  • OLED display materials and patterning technologies (FMM, inkjet, photolithography, etc)
  • OLED lighting (overview, challenges, solution processible materials, progress, forecasts)
  • Organic photovoltaics (overview, challenges, progress, materials, etc)
  • Quantum dot materials (CdS/CdSe, InP based, perovskites, etc) and display integration approaches (enhancement film, color filter, on-chip and emissive QLED)
  • Organic TFT and amorphous metal oxide TFTs
  • Conductive inks (brief overview)
  • Graphene (brief overview with a focus on ink or coating based applications)
  • Printed sensor materials
Market and Technology Assessment
For each material above, we will describe the technological as well as the commercial aspects. More specifically, the following will be assessed:
  • The overall market trends/forecasts and business dynamics
  • Latest state-of-the-art performance/cost levels and desired performance levels by application
  • Material deposition options
  • Critical technical challenges
  • Key suppliers
This session is based on IDTechEx research conducted on advanced functional materials since 1999, in addition to world class academic experts.
Dr Richard Collins
Research Director, North America Lead
Dr Jonathan Harrop
Dr Antti Keranen
CTO, Co-Founder

4: Smart Materials for Structural Electronics and Electrics

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  • Applications and market drivers for structural electronics
  • Technical assessments of the Enabling materials and components required
  • Case studies, trends, key suppliers and market outlook
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. The topic involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing or protective structures. This can take the form of completely replacing "dumb" structures or having the electronics conformally placed upon them.
There are numerous advantages and routes to this multifunctionality with both favourable economic and legislative drivers, the most notable of these being lightweighting demands within the transportation sector. This introductory masterclass to the topic reviews the applications and underlying technology for structural electronics, assessing what is happening and what is still needed. Progress by key technology type is given including key suppliers and technology roadmaps.
This will cover topics such as:
  • 3D printed electronics
    • In-Mold Electronics (IME)
    • Molded interconnect devices (MID)
    • 3D printed electronics (3DPE)
    • Aerosol jet printing
  • Sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • Embedded energy harvesting, energy storage, and data transmission
  • Smart Surfaces
Global trends and the market outlook is provided based on new IDTechEx research on the topic matter.
Dr Peter Harrop
Dr Qamar Abbas
Senior Researcher
Graz University of Technology

5: Supercapacitors: Technologies, Players, Markets

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  • Technology assessment, key players
  • Materials and manufacturing analysis
  • Applications now and in the future with 10 year forecasts
Energy storage technologies are the key stone of the future of sustainable energy systems. Supercapacitors are an emerging energy storage technology with exceptional high power characteristics and longer useful lifetimes than mainstream energy storage technologies such as lithium batteries. The development of this technology has been progressing at a faster rate in the last 10 years. The transport industry is using them in trains, electric buses and cars. Smartphones may have supercapacitors in the near future in order to improve their energy efficiency and so on.
This masterclass will give you all the knowledge you need to understand this emerging technology, its market potential and its role in the energy storage space.
We will lead you from the basic technical concepts up to the most recent technology developments in the area and to understand applications in different industries.
Join us as we dive into this exciting emerging technology.
This masterclass will cover:
  • Introduction to supercapacitor technology and its position in the energy storage space
  • Performance parameters of supercapacitors
  • Performance benchmark of supercapacitors commercially available and under development
  • Technology development pathways for increasing performance of supercapacitor technology
  • Graphene and CNT progress in supercapacitors
  • The role of electrolytes in performance
  • Environmentally friendlier materials
  • Supercapacitor manufacturing
  • Current and emerging applications in the automotive, industrial, electronics and other industries
  • Progress on industry standardisation
  • Supercapacitors market forecasts
Dr Bryony Core
Senior Technology Analyst

6: 3D Printing of Polymers: Materials, Printing Technologies, Markets (Off-Site: 11.30am-3.30pm)

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This class will take place off-site at the 3D Lab, Berlin
  • Key technologies and markets explained
  • End-user needs explored
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends mapped
Designed for those who are new to these disruptive technologies, to understand the big picture and to assess the challenges and opportunities, this masterclass will arm you with knowledge of the latest developments in the applications and technologies concerning the 3D printing of polymers. The class will cover:
Market Landscape and Business Intelligence
  • Existing and emerging processes for the 3D printing of polymers
  • Business models and market drivers
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with 10 year forecasts
  • Unmet needs and opportunities
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover each of the following technology options; the advantages and disadvantages of each; case studies; applications; suppliers and manufacturers; costs; technical challenges and opportunities:
  • Thermoplastic Extrusion
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP)
  • Binder jetting
  • Material jetting
This masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of polymers for 3D printing - what exists, what is coming and what is needed. Learn what the key players are offering, areas of research and development activity, trends and market sizing. Specifically, the masterclass will cover:
Material Appraisal: Current and Emerging
Analysts will appraise each of the following types of materials for 3D printing:
  • Photosensitive resins
  • Thermoplastic filament
  • Thermoplastic powder
  • Engineering grade thermoplastic filaments and powders
  • Water soluble supports
  • Emerging materials
They will cover the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing with each material, key suppliers, costs, performance specifications and limitations, and the impact of new emerging options.
Material Market Appraisal
  • How existing and emerging applications are dependent on materials properties
  • Need for new materials and opportunities for materials development
  • Current market size for materials by value and volume
  • Future material market opportunity with ten-year forecasts
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology.

This masterclass will take place at the 3D Laboratory at the Technical University of Berlin and will also include a tour.

For ten years the 3D laboratory at the Technical University of Berlin has been developing applications in the fields of 3D scan, 3D print and 3D immersive (interactive) projection. The applications originate in many application fields like mathematics and natural sciences, engineering sciences, medicine and medical technologies, geo sciences, archaeology, palaeontology, architecture, arts and design, museums etc. The 3D laboratory cooperates with research and other public institutions like museums as well as - mainly small and medium - companies. Last but not least the laboratory contributes to the university teaching and provides knowledge transfer to its cooperation partners.

The tour will consist of showing the equipment of the 3D laboratory and some applications:

  • demonstration of different 3D printing technologies
  • fused deposition modeling (synthetic material - ABS)
  • powder based printing (gypsum)
  • powder based printing (synthetic material - polyamide) - laser sintering)
  • 3D interactive projection: cave
Concerning 3D printing we show the 3D printers and demonstrate the respective specific manufacturing steps as well as examples for the results. For technical reasons it will not be possible to show all steps "in action".

The "cave" represents a 3D immersive projection permitting to move virtually through 3D data, i.e. to walk, for example, through a 3D model of a house or through the interior of a fossil or through the interior of a human or animal body.


Dr Nadia Tsao
Research Director, Personnel Lead

7: Introduction to Digital Health

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Digital health is a complex field, much of which is made up of technologies and services that enable healthcare outside of traditional clinical settings. It follows a global trend in the healthcare industry of decentralizing healthcare to alleviate overburdened hospitals and clinics. Coupled with escalating healthcare costs, shrinking profit margins and ageing populations suffering from chronic conditions, digital health offers a solution to these problems for all players in the space including patients, providers and payers. This masterclass acts as an introduction to the digital health space.
In this masterclass, we will cover technologies and market landscape for the following topic areas:
» Telehealth and telemedicine encompass much more than just doctors' visits through video calls. These technologies can decentralize healthcare and enhance access to skilled medical personnel.
» Remote patient monitoring can be conducted both inside and outside of conventional clinical settings, relieving pressures on medical personnel while improving patient care. Remote patient monitoring is typically achieved through wearable sensors but can also be through non-contact sensors embedded near the patient.
  • Technology focus: Electronic skin patches for remote patient monitoring
» Digital therapeutics are software, especially mobile phone apps, that can be used to diagnose, treat, and monitor the status of patients.
  • Application focus: Apps and connected devices for diabetes management
» Health analytics leverage computer algorithms, even artificial intelligence and machine learning, to provide improved diagnostic, treatment, and patient monitoring capabilities over that of the human healthcare provider.
  • Application focus: Apps and connected devices for advanced wound care
Dr Richard Collins
Research Director, North America Lead

8: Introduction to Graphene, Carbon Nanotubes & Non-Graphene 2D Materials

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Graphene is billed as the wonder material of our time. It has received tremendous media attention and is the recipient of large sums of research and commercialization funds. Today, an army of researchers around the global is advancing the technology, whilst numerous companies are now seeking to commercialize it.
In this class, we will look at the past, the present and the future of graphene commercialization, looking at the market complexity/fragmentation, pricing as well as investment/revenue/profitability trends, go-to-market strategies, grand technical and commercial challenges, and so on.
We will then examine the graphene technology itself, looking at the material characteristics of different graphenes, reviewing the different production processes, and assessing a big range of potential applications from electronic inks to battery materials, from various composite fillers to functional coatings, and so on. At all times, we will seek to highlight the latest prototypes and commercial launches, whilst making our application assessment as data-based and quantitative as possible.
Non-graphene 2D Materials are also now at the forefront of the next wave of research with many hoping that it will lead to the establishment of a diverse family of complementary 2D materials covering the full range of material characteristics. In this class, we will highlight some of the ways for making non-graphene 2D materials whilst reviewing the latest technical progress on a few select 2D materials.
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were also once billed as the wonder material of our time. They have therefore been there and done that, and interestingly, CNTs are now quietly making a commercial comeback after doing their time in the wilderness of the disillusionment period.
In this class, we will provide a historical perspective on how CNT commercialization has progressed in the past decade, and will consider its future demonstrating that it has finally entered into a major volume growth phase. Here too, we will provide a brief review of types of CNTs, of the different production processes, and of the key existing and emerging applications and market trends.
It is hoped that this class with give you strong understanding of the technology as well as the market potential and current commercial progress of these most famous of nanomaterials.
Luke Gear
Principal Technology Analyst

9: Li-ion and Beyond Li-ion Batteries: Materials, Technologies, Markets

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  • An introduction to battery basics and why LiBs are the best energy storage technology on the market today.
  • Attendees will learn about the difference between all the major anode and cathode materials (graphite, silicon, LTO, lithium metal, LCO, NMC, NCA, LFP).
  • A thorough overview of the LIB industry will give information on opportunities in the supply chain, as well as critical points in terms of the value chain.
  • Attendees will also gain an insight into IDTechEx's opinion on battery diversification, which will answer questions like: what LiB technologies will be used in forklifts and drones?
  • Attendees will see what differentiates LiBs from emerging battery technologies such as lithium-sulphur and sodium-ion.
Tumbling battery costs have gradually opened up portable electronics markets that simply did not exist a decade ago: the next logical step is large-scale vehicle electrification. IDTechEx has been following electric vehicles from their very inception, and it is clear that we will witness a revolution in the transport sector sooner than previously thought.
On the materials development side, the trend is towards faster, safer and more energy-dense batteries. These three factors are at odds with each other, meaning that battery makers will only adopt certain electrode or electrolyte chemistries once all of the underlying problems have been solved. This is the case of sulphur cathode and solid-state electrolytes, but also silicon-dominant anode materials.
In terms of manufacturing, there is a strong uncertainty over the reliable supply of some raw materials, like lithium and cobalt; others like graphite are experiencing a shift from natural to synthetic sources. After years of dominance in battery manufacturing by Japan and Korea, China is now leading in terms of added production capacity, with some companies claiming to be able to manufacture up to 100 GWh/year within the next few years.
While the spotlight is often on automotive vehicles, there are many more interesting markets undergoing a transition, including niche sectors like industrial vehicles, mining vehicles, drones, and marine vessels. Each market has different performance specifications, and LIBs will adapt to each case scenario.
What can beat Li-ion? Potentially disruptive energy storage technologies include lithium-sulphur batteries, which could enable pure electric airplanes and flying taxis, as well as long-range drones. Lithium-air batteries and drop-in technologies like sodium-ion and are also being investigated, but they are still at an early stage.
Raghu Das
Dr Martin Hedges
Managing Director
Neotech AMT GmbH
Dr Simon Johnson
Chief Technologist-Printable Electronics
Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
Dr Michael Doran
Notion Systems GmbH

10: Printing Technologies for Electronic Applications

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  • Assessment of each printing technology type
  • Application requirements and case studies
  • Post-print processing, integration and hybrid device manufacturing
This masterclass assesses the range of printing and non-printing manufacturing and handling options for printed, organic and flexible electronics. Attendees will learn about the technology capabilities, market applicability, key players, trends and opportunities. The class will cover:
Printing Technology and Application Assessment
The following printing types will be covered:
  • Screen printing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Flexo printing (and offset)
  • Gravure printing (and offset)
  • Nano imprinting and transfer printing
  • Coating systems (slot die)
  • 3D printed electronics
For each type, the session will cover:
  • Printing capability (speed, resolution, uniformity, cost etc.) and material suitability
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats assessment
  • Suitability to different applications - existing and future
  • Detailed case studies and learnings from printing commercial printed electronics products
  • Key players
Integrated Manufacturing and Scaling
  • Assessment of curing/sintering options
  • Integrated systems - suppliers, what is available, what it is being used for
  • The value chain and opportunities in equipment supply
  • Market detail: how much is and will be printed
This session is partly based on IDTechEx research of over 90 relevant suppliers. Attendees will be shown working demonstrations in addition to handling samples of printed electronics components and products.
Dr Bryony Core
Senior Technology Analyst

11: 3D Printing of Metals: Materials, Printing Technologies, Markets

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  • Key 3D printing materials and new material opportunities
  • Applications and end-user needs
  • Ten year forecasts to 2028 by material type
This masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of 3D printing materials - what exists, what is coming and what is needed. Learn what the key players are offering, areas of research and development activity, trends and market sizing. Specifically, the masterclass will cover:
Material Appraisal: Current and Emerging
Analysts will appraise each of the following types of materials for 3D printing:
  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastic filament
  • Thermoplastic powder
  • Metal powder
  • Ceramic powders
  • Sand + binder
  • Welding wire
  • Plaster
  • Graphene
  • Biomaterials
  • Emerging materials
They will cover the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing with each, key suppliers, costs, performance specifications and limitations, and the impact of new emerging options.
Material Market Appraisal
  • How existing and emerging applications are dependent on materials properties
  • Need for new materials and opportunities for materials development
  • Current market size for materials by value and volume
  • Future material market opportunity with ten-year forecasts
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing subject. Samples of objects 3D printed from a wide range of materials will be shown.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
Dr Inge van der Meulen
Product Development Manager
Henkel Electronic Materials
Dr Vladimir Strelko
Business Development-Advanced Materials
Croda Europe Limited
Louise McCulloch
Applications Scientist-Advanced Materials

12: Conductive Inks/Pastes

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  • All key technologies and markets assessed
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Conductive Inks and Pastes
The conductive ink and paste business is one of the largest in the printed electronics space. Indeed, conductive inks have commercially roared ahead whilst many more complex and higher profile forms of printed electronics devices/systems have struggled.
Conductive ink and paste technology is also wonderfully adaptive, enabling it to continually rejuvenate itself to stay relevant and enabling it find markets in all manners of applications from textiles to military equipment
This is also a market where everything has changed since 2014. The market leadership in traditional volume markets has changed hands with previously low-cost low-quality suppliers rising to the top. The paste manufacturers are now all in search of new emerging markets in the hope that future growth in some will compensate for the decline or the loss of market share in the traditional sectors. Consequently, most paste makers have hugely diversified their product offerings addressing a diverse array of nascent markets each with a different set of technology and market challenges/opportunities. These are exciting times in the conductive ink business.
In our masterclass we will cover the main existing and emerging conductive ink and paste technologies such as firing-type pastes, PTFs, nanoparticle inks, particle free inks and silver substitutes such as various copper ink technologies.
We will then cover a broad range of conductive ink applications, giving our attendees a comprehensive understanding of core/existing and emerging markets. In particular, we will focus on applications which are most relevant to the themes of our conferences. These include:
  • Photovoltaics
  • Touch screen edge electrodes
  • Transparent conducting films (hybrid and direct printing)
  • Stretchable inks in e-textile and related applications
  • In Mold Electronics
  • Conformal package-level EMI shielding
  • 3D metallization (e.g., 3D antennas)
  • PCB prototyping and production
  • Printed sensors
  • Sintered die attach paste
  • Other (automotive, printed TFTs, OLED lighting, etc)
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead

13: E-Textiles & Stretchable Electronics

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  • Assessment and progress of electronic and electrical materials on textiles
  • Application needs, case studies
  • Key players and market forecasts
This masterclass will assess the latest progress with this topic, covering functional materials and components suited for use with textiles, fabrics and stretchable electronics. Typical material choices by substrate type will be shared, including discussion of the challenges around washability, wear resistance, contact resistances etc.
In addition to these technology details this masterclass will cover application needs for wearable electronics - what end-users see as the minimum viable products, and will look at case studies of e-textiles today - covering cost, product functionality and market trends.
Key suppliers focussing on this area will be revealed in addition to market forecasts based on the latest IDTechEx research.
Dr Xiaoxi He
Research Director, Topic Lead

14: Flexible, Printed Batteries and Solid State Batteries

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Since the first introduction by Sony in 1990s, lithium-ion batteries have become one of the most familiar and common battery technologies in our life. The involving technologies are relatively mature and the facilities are in place. With the expansion of existing manufacturing plants by battery giants such as Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Panasonic, economy of scale be has been achieved.
However, with so many advantages, the improvement of lithium-ion batteries is slow compared with other electronic components, both in terms of performance and cost reduction. The liquid electrolyte used in the traditional lithium-ion batteries may cause serious safety concerns.
In addition, with the development of wearable devices, printed electronics, internet of things (IoT), robotics and electric vehicles, batteries with more features, more powerful performances and lower costs are required. Those factors have motivated players to find bigger opportunities.
Therefore, the battery industry is explored based on a number of different dimensions. Interests have been aroused in:
  • Thin-film batteries (based on thickness)
  • Micro-batteries and large-area batteries (based on size)
  • Flexible batteries (based on mechanical properties)
  • Special-shape batteries (based on form factors)
  • Printed batteries (based on manufacturing methods)
  • Solid-state, lithium anode, silicon anode batteries (based on materials)
  • Energy storage system (ESS) and electric vehicle (EV) applications (based on applications)
All the areas listed above indicate new opportunities. Those areas may be influenced by each other and may have some overlap. For instance, batteries with better technologies may be used in ESS and EV applications, providing better safety and better performance. A thin-film battery is also flexible, and can be made by printing, or based on all solid-state components, or be very small. Market growth of these areas is affected by the costs. Except the last one (ESS and EV applications), the others are also limited significantly by technology maturity.
This masterclass will focus on several angles from what are listed above: battery thickness, battery mechanical properties, battery manufacturing method and battery materials, especially on flexible, thin-film, printed and solid-state batteries. The following pullet points will be addressed in the master class:
  • Technologies for flexible, thin-film and printed batteries
  • Technologies for solid-state batteries
  • Their corresponding value propositions and challenges
  • Development and progress
  • Market status
  • Applications and case studies
  • Players working in the relevant areas
Dr Peter Harrop
Claudio Pedretti
Sales Manager

15: Introduction to Energy Harvesting & Off Grid Renewable Energy

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Energy harvesting for off grid energy independence concerns the zero-emission creation of electricity using ambient energy. This introductory masterclass will focus on the different energy harvesting options, their construction and combinations, adoption trends and market proliferation.
Market Appraisal:
This masterclass will extend from the high power (10W-1MW) to the low power (<10W) market.
The high-power market is booming and includes both static and mobile end-uses. Recent advances will be analysed, such as the breakthrough in wind power for electric vehicles and the dream of fully solar powered cars. This masterclass will answer questions such as: Where will societal benefits and industrial success accrue? Will high power thermoelectrics, piezoelectrics and dielectric elastomer generators become commercially successful? When? The takeoff in microgrids and billions of dollars of investment and where first commercial successes will happen.
Low power applications see an ever-increasing addressable market with the rise of connectivity across a multitude of sectors and the desire for more data. Energy harvesting implementation strategies range from powering wireless sensors and actuators to medical instruments and condition monitoring in industrial automation. The successes or failures of these business models and will be discussed and critically assessed.
Technology Assessment
In the masterclass, analysts will cover how different technology options work: materials used and manufacturing processes; advantages and disadvantages; applications; case studies; suppliers; costs; technical and market challenges and opportunities. The main technologies covered will be:
  • Electrodynamic
  • Thermoelectric
  • Piezoelectric
  • Triboelectric
  • Photovoltaic
  • Airborne Wind Energy
  • Other (magnetostriction, RF harvesting)
Luke Gear
Principal Technology Analyst
Dr Peter Harrop

16: Electric Vehicles: Markets, Trends, Opportunities - Land, Sea & Air

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  • Introduction to electric vehicles on-road, off-road, on water and in the air
  • What is successful, what new types will see success over the coming decade - when and why
  • Market opportunity by electric vehicle type with 10 year forecasts
This masterclass addresses the latest progress with hybrid,fuel cell and electric vehicles for land, sea and air. It gives the big picture from the league table of largest EV manufacturers to common factors and components for land, water and air vehicles; and across hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
This masterclass covers:
  • 10 year forecasts in 45 electric vehicle categories including electric cars, pure and hybrid electric; micro cars; two wheelers such as electric scooters, pedelecs and motorcycles; commercial and industrial EVs such as construction, agricultural and mining electric vehicles; marine electric vehicles such as electric boats and vessels and light electric aircrafts. These are explained in terms of unit numbers, average sales price (ASP) and total market value.
  • The differences in the structure of the value chain of these different electric vehicle segments
  • The different drivers behind electrification of these types of electric vehicles.
  • Commercial, research and pioneering activities in different types of electric vehicles.
  • Different types of charging infrastructure required for different types of electric vehicles.
  • Activities of developers of electric and hybrid vehicles - covering land, water and airborne vehicles
  • Progress of companies are compared in relation to market shares per type of electric vehicle category
  • Electroactive polymers and printed PVDF devices
Dr Luyun Jiang
Technology Analyst

17: Internet of Things and 5G: Connectivity, Technologies & Market Appraisal

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  • Complex landscape explained and analysed
  • Technology capabilities and what is coming next
  • Applications and future markets
  • New opportunities
This masterclass will cover the Internet of Things by examining the applications, case studies and enabling technologies. It will start by addressing the enabling technologies, with appraisal of the different technologies, pricing and capability and limitations. Key providers of each technology and their progress will be covered. This masterclass also covers 5G technologies, advancements, new market opportunities, global implementation and its vertical applications in IoT. This will include:
  • Sensors and power
  • 5G technologies: Massive MIMO, Beam management, mmWave, Network slicing
  • 5G opportunities: small cell and base station, vertical applications
The session will then assess the four main application areas of IoT by assessing the applications, key players, successes, failures and market size for each of the following:
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Homes
  • Smart Cities
  • Connected Car
Ten year forecasts across a range of market segments will be provided with key trends and unmet needs covered throughout the session.
Raghu Das
Dr Thibaut Soulestin
R&D Engineer, Technical Support
Dr Margit Harting
PST Sensors

18: Sensors: Flexible, Printed and Stretchable

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  • Flexible and printed sensor technologies
  • Capacitive, force, biosensing, pressure, temperature, photodetectors, humidity and other sensors types covered
  • Key players, market sizes and latest trends
This masterclass will give an overview of sensors made with printed electronics processes. 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, optical, touch, electrochemical, etc.). Advantages of flexible and printed sensors, as well as large-area sensors will also be covered and the leading companies in each segment will be presented.
During the session, IDTechEx will show the latest trends and identify the commercial opportunities. It will include:
1. The market size today and forecast
2. Detailed assessment of emerging printed sensor technologies including capacitive, force, pressure, temperature, optical, gas and other sensor types. For each sensor type the following will be provided:
  • Assessment of technology capabilities
  • Key materials used
  • Manufacturing process
  • Key players
  • Applications
  • Market size and outlook
Dr Nadia Tsao
Research Director, Personnel Lead

19: Bioelectronic Medicine & Neuroprosthetics

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Designed for those interested in emerging technologies within the convergence of biology and electronics, this masterclass focuses specifically on the topics of bioelectronic medicine and neuroprosthetics.
While bioelectronic medicine is a recent term that has gained significant attention, the idea of using electricity to treat conditions of the human body is not new. Electrical stimulation has been used for the treatment of diseases since the invention of the artificial pacemaker in the early 1900s.
This masterclass covers the technology and applications of key types of bioelectronic devices including pacemakers, spinal cord stimulators, deep brain stimulators, and vagus nerve stimulators. The related field of neuroprosthetics, referring to technologies that utilize electrical stimulation to restore lost senses such as vision and hearing, is also covered. Discussion of key players and market forecasts for each type of device is also included in this masterclass.
Attendees of the masterclass will learn about the key drivers in the recent surge in bioelectronic medicine research. We are now in a wave of disruption and innovation that will greatly expand the scope of this technology - bioelectronic medicines have enormous opportunities in the treatment of chronic diseases and disorders, especially if they can replace traditional pharmaceutical medicines.
Dr Nilushi Wijeyasinghe
Technology Analyst

20: Trends in Photonics for Manufacturing & Automation: Laser Material Processing & Machine Vision

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  • Emerging trends in laser material processing & machine vision analyzed
  • Recent technology developments and key players identified
  • Market drivers, opportunities and forecasts discussed
This masterclass explores emerging trends in photonics and focuses on the topics outlined in the technology appraisal below. IDTechEx has designed this session for two types of participants. End users will gain an understanding of the benefits, opportunities and challenges in adopting new photonic technologies. Suppliers of photonic devices and systems will learn about technology trends that create new opportunities for business expansion.
Technology Appraisal
  • Advances in industrial laser systems for material processing; applications in automotive and electronics manufacturing
  • Advances in machine vision for industrial automation and autonomous vehicle applications; light sources, optical sensors and image processing
  • Case studies of innovations from industry and academia
Market Appraisal
  • Market size and segmentation
  • Current and future market opportunities
  • Market forecasts based on new IDTechEx research
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director

21: Barriers, Transparent Conductive Films & Substrates for Printed & Flexible Electronics

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Transparent Conductive Films
Transparent conductive films (TCFs) are used in a variety of applications including touch screens, OLED lighting, organic photovoltaics, smart windows, transparent LED films, heating, and so on.
In this class, we will learn about the different technology options. We will first consider the performance levels, merits as well as shortcoming of the incumbent technologies. Here, we will also consider how the threat of substitutes, price wars, technology transition towards embedded touch are reconfiguring the market.
Next, we will consider a series of emerging alternative technology options such as silver nanowires, metal mesh (photolithography, emboss/fill, print/etch, print/plate, screen printing, gravure printing, inkjet printing, etc), graphene, carbon nanotubes, PEDOT, and so on. In our discussions, we will examine the merits and challenges facing each technology option and review the latest technical and commercial progress from around the world.
Furthermore, we will also consider key applications areas, considering how trends at the application level are changing the requirements such as resistivity and flexibility, and how these requirement changes link to different technology options.
Flexible Barrier Films and Thin Film Encapsulations
Many optoelectronic devices/materials such as OLEDs, OPVs, QDs are highly sensitive to moisture, requiring ultra-high-performance barrier or encapsulation layers. Glass is an excellent barrier, but is rigid, therefore potentially stripping away organic electronics of a key differentiating attribute, which is flexibility.
In this class we will consider the performance requirements for barrier layers by application. Here, we will consider the market drivers for each application and the latest trends in barrier requirements and implementation approaches. We will also consider why it has been so challenging to commercially achieve the required barrier technology.
Next, we will consider a variety of multi-layer barrier film technologies by different companies, considering the performance levels achieved, the production challenges faced, and the evolution of the deposition processes thus far.
We will then consider how the film approach has evolved towards direct thin film encapsulation (TFE). For TFE itself we will consider the commercial uptake so far and examine how various technology evolutions have enabled thinner and lower cost implementations.
We will then consider atomic layer deposition (ALD). Here, we consider how the switch towards spatial ALDs is helping boost productivity whilst achieving high performance with ultra-thin single layers. We then consider the challenges of this technology and cover some innovations that seek to address these challenges.
Finally, we will consider flexible glass. Here, we offer a detailed assessment of the merits of flexile glass. We will also outline some of the approaches pursued today to improve the flexibility of flexible glass and to enable better handling.
Flexible Substrates
Substrates are also an essential and often neglected layer for printed and/or organic electronics. They bring robustness and enable flexibility, but at the same time place substantial constraints on the manufacturing process (e.g., thermal budget, dimensional stability) in a way that they can largely determine device performance. Many plastic solutions are now being offered such as PET and PEN but also paper-based substrates are increasingly gaining attention.
Dr Luyun Jiang
Technology Analyst

22: Biosensors in Healthcare

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  • Typical configurations for biosensors in the healthcare market
  • A critical view of the sector, technologies and industry trends
  • Emerging technologies for the next generation of medical biosensors
Biosensors are used prolifically across the global healthcare market for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, cancer and infectious diseases. Due to the increasing global population, as well as a growing trend of decentralisation and technological advancement, the total addressable market for medical biosensors is expected to grow markedly over the next ten years. This masterclass will detail these factors and draw conclusions on the impact they will likely have on the global medical biosensor market. Opportunities for capitalizing on current and upcoming trends will be outlined, including discussion of the likely areas of expansion in the addressable market for biosensors in healthcare.
The topics covered are:
  • Overview of biosensor technologies
  • Point of Care molecular diagnostics (genetic testing)
  • Glucose monitoring
  • Connected healthcare and Breath sensing
  • Key trends and disruptions to the market
This masterclass will provide a critical analysis of incumbent and emerging biosensor technologies in the context of the whole market, and how the competitive landscape is expected to change over the next decade.
Luke Gear
Principal Technology Analyst
Dr Peter Harrop
Dr Richard Collins
Research Director, North America Lead

23: Electric Vehicles: New Material & Component Opportunities

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  • What new materials and components are needed and why
  • Latest progress with these enabling technologies including suppliers and technical progress
  • Ten year forecast for each technology
  • Unmet needs
In the process of electrification of vehicles there is plenty of room for innovation. Petrol car components and systems have evolved during the last 100 years and whilst electric vehicles have been developed for the last 30 years or so, they are still far of being optimized. New materials have been developed recently that are opening new possibilities for new concepts for better performance components. This masterclass explores the evolution of these developments and what could be their impact on future automotive concepts.
Electric vehicles will need new components and new materials given that the energy source, drive trains, motors and control systems are completely different to conventional vehicles. This masterclass will explore the opportunities for new materials and components, covering each of the main categories as follows:
  • Electric motors
  • Range extenders
  • Regenerative braking
  • Energy harvesting, such as thermoelectrics, shock absorbers and conformal PV
  • Thermal materials
  • Energy storage: batteries and supercapacitors
  • Charging systems and charging infrastructure, including wireless charging
  • Light weight and structural functional materials
  • Technologies and systems for autonomous vehicles
  • 3D printing
Attendees will learn about the requirement from vehicle makers based on their vehicle development roadmaps, current state of the technology, suppliers, development trends and areas of focus and undersupplied development areas. In addition, ten year forecasts will be provided for some of the key sectors above, allowing you to quantify your opportunity.
This masterclass covers:
  • The use and impact of emerging technologies such as energy harvesting, supercapacitors, power train systems, wireless sensors and wireless systems and technologies for autonomous vehicles.
  • Latest progress with these enabling technologies including suppliers and technical progress
  • Unmet needs
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead

24: Haptics & Actuators

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Haptic technologies involve the sense of touch; different actuators can be used to simulate different sensations which can then be felt by the user. This brand-new masterclass will cover the different types of haptics technologies in the market today, from the mature technologies that can be found in every smartphone and games console controller through to newer emerging techniques that are beginning to disrupt the incumbent options.
Advanced haptics are a critical part of new user interfaces (UI), allowing devices to provide an enhanced user experience (UX). This is particularly critical within several prominent emerging markets, including augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR, MR), wearable technology devices and increasingly within autonomous vehicles.
The masterclass will cover the following areas:
  • Comparison and benchmarking of different haptics technologies
  • Market trends in haptics today
  • Market forecasts for haptics technologies
  • The role of haptics in several key emerging markets: AR/VR/MR, wearables, autonomous vehicles, robotics, etc
  • Future outlook for haptics within the wider context of UI and UX
Raghu Das

25: RFID & Smart Packaging: Technologies, Players, Markets

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  • Detailed global RFID market assessment with current and forecast sales, value chain analysis and application analysis
  • Assessment of RFID and smart packaging manufacturing technologies and technical requirements
  • Smart packaging case studies, drivers, technologies and costs
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
This session provides the complete picture of the RFID industry, including NFC to UHF RFID. Additionally, smart packaging is also explored, including why, who, what, how and when with case studies presented and technology roadmaps given. The RFID market and use and potential use of printed electronics for smart packaging is explored in great depth in this session. The masterclass will cover:
Detailed global RFID market assessment
  • 10 year forecasts of sales of tags by application and by tag frequency
  • Global RFID market by application
  • Successes and failures
  • Drivers and market adoption trends
RFID tag manufacturing
  • Price tear down
  • Antenna manufacturing options - including printing assessment
  • Chip attach options
  • Key suppliers
Printed RFID and other printed technologies for smart packaging
  • Types of printed RFID technologies and full appraisal
  • Leading developers
  • Market traction
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Integration of multiple printed electronics functionalities
Smart Packaging
  • Case study assessments - what was done, why, cost and level of successes
  • What is driving smart packaging
  • What is coming - pre-commercial technology and solution work from vendors and brands
  • Outlook and forecasts
This session is based on research conducted by IDTechEx on the RFID and smart packaging markets since 1999. It will provide an exceptionally comprehensive assessment of the RFID sector and the opportunities for printed electronics within it.