Barrier Films for Technical Applications (Printed Electronics Europe 2015)

Dr Sabine Amberg-Schwab, Head of Functional Barrier Layers dept.
Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC


Europe 2015 Presentation - Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC*

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Presentation Summary

Polymer films show high flexibility, but have undesirably high permeation values. To improve the barrier performance, new multilayer systems have been developed by using nanoscale inorganic-organic polymers (ORMOCER®s), which are processed by wet chemical techniques in combination with vacuum-processed vapor borne inorganic thin films like SiOx. A roll-to-roll process has been developed by which the barrier lacquers can be applied perfectly and economically.

Speaker Biography (Sabine Amberg-Schwab)

• Dr. Sabine Amberg-Schwab studied Biology and Chemistry at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg, Germany (1979-1985), where she received her PhD in 1988. The title of her thesis was: „Preparation of well dispersed metals in SiO2 Matrices"
• After her PhD she joined Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg as a scientist in the development of new functional coating materials based on inorganic-organic hybrid polymers (ORMOCER®s) since 1989 up to now.
• Dr. S. Amberg-Schwab was the spokesperson for the Fraunhofer Alliance POLO from 2003 until 2012.
• In 2005 she received the ICE award (International Coating Exhibition) for her development work regarding antimicrobial coatings.
• In 2011 she received the Fraunhofer Award for her development work regarding low-cost barrier films for the encapsulation of solar cells, a prize awarded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ever since 1978 for outstanding scientific work by its staff leading to the solution of application-oriented problems.

Company Profile (Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC)

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC conducts materials research to develop innovative non-metallic materials. The main focus is on materials that will enable tomorrow's new products to meet the most pressing challenges of our future in the realms of energy, environment, and human health.
These novel materials open up a whole new world of products for manufacturers and end users alike. One central aspect in our R&D activities is that of making more efficient use of energy and other resources. This approach involves continuous improvements to manufacturing processes and the development of new, multifunctional materials. We also make use of nanotechnology to create materials with enhanced properties and functions.
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