Printed Electronics 2004: Program

Monday December 6

08.30-12.30  RFID and Smart Packaging Masterclass 1

Please register at "Union Terrace A" on the 3rd floor from 08.00am

12.30-13.30 Lunch for 'Masterclass 1' and 'Masterclass 2' delegates in "Union Terrace C" on the 3rd floor

12.30-17.30 Introductory Masterclass

Please register at "Union Terrace A" on the 3rd floor from 12 noon

Presenters: Dr Peter Harrop & Raghu Das, IDTechEx Ltd. UK, Dr Bruce Kahn, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA & J. Norman Bardsley, US Display Consortium.

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 is designed to 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 toolkit of technologies that are available and emerging. The session will cover:


  • Applications of printed electronics – now and near future
  • Lessons to be learnt from early successes and failures
    • The value chain
    • Market forecasts
  • The need for printed electronics
    • Key markets that need printed electronics – reasons why and their technology requirements
    • Creating new markets versus competing with conventional electronics in existing ones
  • Assessment of technologies, companies, strategies and progress so far, including
    • Thin film transistor circuits (organic, inorganic semiconductors, thin film silicon)
    • Displays (OLEDs, electrophoretic, electroluminescene, electrochromic and others)
    • Sensors and conductive inks
  • Batteries and actuators
  • A discussion of printing techniques, their relevancy and challenges
  • Challenges and the roadmap to the full printed electronics toolkit


All workshop attendees also receive 6 months access to Smart Packaging Journal and will be able to study some samples of printed electronics.

17.30-19.00  Drinks reception in Exhibition area - 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

Tuesday December 7 (Day 1)
08.00 Registration, Tea / Coffee & Exhibition in 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

08.30 “Welcome to the Products of the Future: Applying Printed Electronics”

Dr Peter Harrop - Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd, UK

  • Status of the technology today
  • Existing applications and biggest opportunities
  • Printed electronics 2005 to 2015: where, why and what next?

09.00 “How NASA is using Printed Electronics”

Dr Jack Bacon, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA

  • Uses of printed electronics on space craft where robustness, flexibility and weight is paramount
  • Future applications – what we need

09.45   "Paperboard computers"

Stina Ehrensvärd, Marketing Director, Cypak AB , Sweden

  • Attaching silicon chip computer on paper with printable conductive ink
  • Printed electronic circuits forming keyboards and sensors for time-tagged event detection
  • Case studies in healthcare, postal services and access security

10.15 "Getting to market by being imaginative: Why our clients use printed electronics”

Andrew Ferber, Vice-Chairman, T-ink , USA

  • Identifying early applications of our technology
  • How consumers can benefit
  • Our next steps

10.45 Tea / Coffee break in Exhibition area - 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

Thin film transistor circuits

11.15 "Advances in the design of enabling materials technologies for printed transistor circuits"

Prof Beng Ong, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

11.45 "Printed Electronics based on Polymer Transistors"

Wolfgang Clemens, PolyIC GmbH, Germany

  • Applications for Printed Electronics
  • Roadmap toward 13.56MHz RFID
  • Polymer transistors, Integrated Circuits, Rectifiers
  • Printing process
12.15 Lunch in Exhibition area - 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

13.15 "Standardized, fully printable RFID tags"

Klaus Dimmler, CEO/President, OrganicID, USA

  • Properties of organic materials and organic transistors
  • OrganicID's organic transistor and design methodologies
  • Printable manufacturing process

13.45 "Organic Electronics: Perspectives Towards Applications"

Dr Günter Schmid, Project Manager - Memory Products, Infineon Technologies, Germany

  • Organic Electronics: Field of Application
    • Results on commercial high volume substrates, such as aluminized polyester foils (chips bag) or paper
    • Towards reel-to-reel manufacturing: Results on high resolution FLEXO printing (µ-contact printing)
  • Reliability, Yield, Parameter Variation
    • Complementary Circuits
    • Low Supply Voltages for Polymer Electronics

14.15 “Developments at IBM on solution processable organic semiconductors”
Ali Afzali, Research Staff Member, IBM, USA

  • Synthesis and properties of pentacene precursors
  • Application to organic thin film transistors (OTFTs)
  • Photosensitive materials – developments and applications

14.45 "Printed Organic Electronics"

Dr. Jie Zhang, Motorola, USA

  • Channel length trends
  • Printed Active Electronics Fabrication
  • Factors That Influence Yield
15.15 Tea and Coffee break in Exhibition area - 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

15.45 "Printable Inorganic Semiconductors for Flexible Electronics"

Professor John Rogers, University of Illinois, USA

  • Background and potential applications
  • Strategies for fabricating single crystal inorganic semiconductor elements that are printable
  • Materials science of these elements
  • Techniques for printing
  • Examples of circuits
Sensors & Power

16.15 "Case study: Enabling new applications through printed power"

Donald Alexander, Printed Battery & RFID Product Manager, Jim Parker, Engineering Manager, Graphic Solutions, Inc., USA

  • Printed battery technologies
  • Our early applications: case studies
  • What's coming next

17.00 "Printed chemical sensors"

Dr Bruce Kahn, Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

  • Why print sensors?
  • Examples of printed chemical sensors
  • Comparison of printed sensors to commercial sensors
  • Organic vs. inorganic sensors

17.30"Utilising high volume manufacturing techniques to produce polymer transistors, oleds and temperature indicators"

Mäkelä Tapio, Senior Research Scientist, VTT Information Technology , Finland

  • Introduction (microelectronics-polymer electronics)
  • Patterning methods of conducting polymers
  • Examples of lowcost polymer devices
18.00 Close

19.30 Dinner (by pre-arrangement only)

Meet at "Palace Cafe", 605 Canal Street, (between Chartres & Royal Streets) New Orleans at 7.30pm

Wednesday December 8  (Day 2)
08.00 Registration, Tea / Coffee & Exhibition in 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

08.30 Welcome address from Chairman

Dr. John Mills, Plastic Logic Ltd, UK

"The Plastic Electronics Revolution"

  • The technology
  • The Plastic Logic Process
  • Market opportunities

09.00 "Case Studies: The World's largest, flexible, printed displays in use"

Richard Kirk, Managing Director, elumin8 Systems, UK

  • Existing use of printed displays on buses, posters and for retail environments
  • The challenges of introducing new technologies – and how we overcame them
  • Electroluminescent technology and its potential
  • Our next steps

09.30 "Our commercial success with printed displays"

Chris Barnado, Creative and New Business Director, Pelikon, UK

  • Understanding your product's performance and matching it to applications and markets
  • Being selective – farsighted selection is critical
  • Case studies – how we applied our technology to add value to products

10.00 "Applications of Printed Electronics with Gyricon Electronic Paper Displays"

Robert Sprague, VP and CTO, Gyricon LLC, USA

  • Electronic paper technology
  • Applications - printed active matrix backplanes, printed segmented backplanes, printed thin film batteries, and printed solar sensors
  • Requirements for incorporation of printed electronics with Gyricon.
10.30 Tea & Coffee in Exhibition area in 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

11.00  "Printing Electronic Displays: Business Opportunities and Technical Challenges"

Norman J Bardsley, Director, Roadmaps & Standards, US Display Consortium, USA

11.30 "The development of Ink Jet Printed displays"

Dr Scott Brown, Research & Technology Director, Cambridge Display Technology, UK

  • The Ink Jet Printing Process
  • Process developments which have led to a) better control over fluid delivery, drop volume and placement accuracy, b) faster print speeds and reduced TAC times, and c) improved uniformity in finished displays.
  • The future of Ink Jet Printed P-OLED displays

12.00 "Invisible Sound for Printed Electronic Displays"

Geoff Boyd, Head of Technical Sales, NXT Sound, UK

  • Introduction to NXT Distributed Mode Loudspeaker (DML) Technology
  • Why NXT DM loudspeakers ‘sound better'
  • Application of NXT DM loudspeakers to print media and digital signage

Manufacture Techniques

12.30 "Ink Jets as Tools for Digitally Printing Electronics"

Linda Creagh, Business Development Director, Spectra Inc, USA

  • Roles for Ink Jets in Printing Electronics
  • Status of Display Manufacturing via Ink Jet
  • Expanding Requirements for Ink Jet Manufacturing
  • New Tools for New Opportunities
13.00 Lunch in Exhibition area in 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

13.45 "Xaar's Strategic Entry into Printed Electronics: Printhead developments and case studies"

John Attard, Business Development Manager (Organic Semiconductors), Xaar plc, UK

  • Technology roadmap for printed electronics
  • Case studies: the performance and results 

14.15 "Direct Write Electronics"

Paul Surguy,Technical Director, Patterning Technologies Ltd, UK

  • Direct write mask patterning
  • Direct write of conductors including transparent conductors
  • Future view of Direct write technology

14.45 Tea & Coffee in Exhibition area in 'Salon I' on the 2nd floor

15.15 "Paper - A flexible substrate for Printed Electronics"

Joseph Aspler, Scientist, Product Performance Pulp & Paper Research Inst of Canada (PAPRICAN)

  • The importance of printing electronics onto paper
  • The benefit fo the paper substrate and challenges to overcome
  • Examples of RFID and related circuits already being printed on to paper

15.45 "Complete Materials Solutions for the Printed Electronics Industry"

Chuck Edwards, General Manager, Cabot Superior MicroPowders, USA

  • Printable Electronics: Overview
  • Materials: Applications and Benefits; Technical Requirements
  • Trends and Forecasts

16.15 “The importance of effective barrier layers on plastic substrates”

Mux Narasimhan, Director, Applications Development, Symmorphix Inc., USA

  • Requirements for barrier layers on plastic for various applications
  • How this enables the use of plastics for manufacture of semiconductor components
  • Impact on cost
  • Some challenges of substrates for printed electronics, e.g. registration on flexible substrates
16:45 Conference Close
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