Opportunities for Silicones in Wearable Electronic Devices (IDTechEx Wearable USA 2015)

Dr Jason Rouse, Technical Marketing Manager, Electronics and LED
Wacker Chemical Corp
United States


USA 2015 Presentation - Wacker Chemical Corp*

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Presentation Summary

The field of wearables presents unique challenges on developers as devices must not only provide cutting edge form and function but must also be robustly engineered to survive daily use and be economical to produce. The following talk will review a number of silicone elastomer technologies developed by WACKER that are ideally suited for the wearables market. The ability to co-mold both plastic housings and self-adhesive liquid silicone rubber in a single process will be reviewed as it provides unique device construction economics. While silicone gels are widely used to protect electronics from both harsh chemical and mechanical environments, Wearable devices present an added dimension given skin contact. Results on testing of medical-grade SILPURAN® gels for electronic protection will therefore be presented. In the area of MEMS devices, recent success in developing a new-generation of SEMICOSIL® die-attach adhesives to enable the smallest of sensors will be reviewed. The talk will finish with testing of LUMISIL® optical bonding adhesives for flexible displays and recent progress in ELASTOSIL® and SILPURAN® Films for electroactive polymer (EAP) and sensing applications.

Speaker Biography (Jason Rouse)

Dr. Rouse joined Wacker Chemical Corporation in 2013 in the role of Technical Marketing Manager for electronics and LED. Previously he worked for Ferro Corp., Sun Chemical Corp., and at NASA Langley Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Lehigh University, a MBA from Fordham University, and a B.A. from Alfred University.

Company Profile (Wacker Chemical Corp)

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WACKER (www.wacker.com) was founded in 1914 and has over 65 years of experience in silicone technology. Today, we are a globally-active chemical company with some 16,000 employees and annual sales of around $6 billion (2013). WACKER has a global network of 25 production sites worldwide, supplying over 3,500 products to more than 3,500 customers in over 100 countries.
WACKER SILICONES is a world-leading silicone manufacturer of specialized and innovative products. Our product portfolio ranges from silicone fluids, emulsions, resins, elastomers and sealants to silanes, silane-terminated polymers and pyrogenic silica.
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