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Early Researcher Summer School

Science and Engineering of Printable Electronics

Monday 13th - Friday 17th July 2015

Lecture Room B, Faraday Building - Swansea University,
Swansea, SA2 8PP

Are you new to printed electronics, but have background in science or engineering?

Do you want to gain a new European perspective on printed electronics?

Then you should attend the early researcher summer school on the "Science and engineering of printable electronics"

This course brings together leading speakers from academia across Europe and Industry to deliver an introduction to printable electronics. It is hosted in the WCPC, using its comprehensively equipped laboratories for printed electronics. You will visit the new pilot lines at the SPECIFIC IKC, which will give you a measure of the potential for printed electronics.

The course will cover: -

  • Design and applications
  • All major printing processes (flexo, screen, gravure, pad, offset and inkjet)
  • Inks
  • Substrates
  • Curing technology
  • Characterisation technologies
  • Practical sessions

Through the support of FPS COST Action FP1104, we are able to bring you this course for:

  • Delegate rate: £450 + VAT
  • Academic rate: £245 + VAT

Note: prices do not include refreshments or accommodation

There are a limited number of FP1104 bursaries available for travel and subsistence

Accommodation is available at Swansea University as well as around the city. To book your stay at the university please click here or for information about other accommodation around Swansea please go to www.visitswanseabay.com

Monday 13th July

09:00 Registration
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Introduction,
Simon Hamblyn, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
09:45 - 10:00 Introduction to the WCPC,
Tim Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
10:00 - 10:45 Overview about printed/coated functionalities,
Syrovy Tomas, University of Pardubice
10:45 - 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 - 12:00 Sensor integration on flexible substrates,
Grigoris Kaltsas, T.E.I. of Athens
12:00 - 13:00 3D Printing,
Dan Thomas, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 Drying and sintering,
Davide Deganello, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
14:30 - 15:00 Ink jet & pad printing,
Simon Hamblyn, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
15:00 - 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 - 16:00 Aerosol Jet printing,
Chris Phillips, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
16:00 - 16:30 Photonic sintering,
16:30 Day Close
17:00 Welcome Evening

Tuesday 14th July

09:00 - 09:50 Gravure printing,
Gunter Hubner, HdM
09:50 - 10:40 Flexographic printing,
Davide Deganello, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
10:40 - 11:10 Comfort Break
11:10 - 12:00 Screen printing,
Gunter Hubner, HdM
12:00 - 12:30 Extrusion coated materials, surface treatment techniques, films and foils,
Johanna Lahti, Tampere University of Technology
12:30 - 13:00 Barrier properties,
Johanna Lahti, Tampere University of Technology
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:30 Visit to SPECIFIC Pilot Line facilities
16:30 Day Close

Wednesday 15th July

09:00 - 09:50 Paper as substrate for printed electronics,
Martti Toivakka, Abo Akademi University
09:50 - 10:40 Inks & formulation,
Glyn Davies, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
10:40 - 11:00 Comfort Break
11:00 - 11:30 Rheology,
James Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
11:30 - 12:00 Electrical characterisation,
Tatyana Korochkina, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
12:00 - 12:30 Surface characterisation (WLI, AFM & SEM),
Davide Deganello & Dan Thomas, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
12:30 - 13:00 Drying characterisation and measurement,
David Beynon, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Chemical Measurements,
Marta Klanjšek Gunde, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana
15:00 - 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 - 16:15 Laser - LIFT technology ,
Dr Patricia Alloncle
16:15 - 17:00 Colour measurement,
Tim Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
17:00 Day Close
18:00 BBQ/Buffet at 360, Swansea Bay

Thursday 16th July

09:00 - 10:00 Practical Session 1
10:00 - 10:30 Comfort Break
10:30 - 11:30 Practical Session 2
11:30 - 12:00 Comfort Break
12:00 - 13:00 Practical Session 3
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Practical Session 4
15:00 - 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 - 16:30 Practical Session 5
16:30 Day Close

Friday 17th July

09:00 - 10:00 Practical Session 6
10:00 - 10:30 Comfort Break
10:30 - 11:30 Practical Session 7
11:30 - 12:00 Comfort Break
12:00 - 13:00 Practical Session 8
13:00 Course End

Practical Sessions will cover: -

  • Screen Printing
  • Flexography
  • Rheology
  • White Light Interferometry
  • Colour Measurement
  • Pad Priting
  • Ink Making
  • 3D Printing

"Printed/Coated Functional Structures - Applications, Materials, Printing/Coating Techniques"

Tomos Syrový

The lecture will be focused for an overview on topic of functional structures fabricated by using printing/coating techniques. It will be highlighted differences in comparison to conventional graphic printing as well as FAQ, requirements, pitfalls accompanying functional printing/coating. The next part of presentation will deal about printing substrates, conductive, semiconductive, dielectric and the others materials, including their ink formulation forms. Likewise will be described typical applications from simple functional layers to more sophisticated multilayer devices. In last part of lecture will be presented an overview of printing and coating techniques, their basic parameters and examples of their usage for various applications. At the end of presentation will briefly mentioned selected approaches of drying/sintering/annealing for functional layers.

"Fiber-based and plastic materials and their properties"

Dr. Johanna Lahti

These lectures introduce fiber-based substrates and plastic films that are generally used in packaging industry. Special focus is in important material properties like barrier properties and barrier measurements. The processes to produce extrusion coated materials and plastic films are presented. In addition, some key surface modification (e.g. corona, plasma) and thin-film coating methods (e.g. ALD) will be presented.

"Gravure Printing and Screen Printing"

Gunter Huebner

For both techniques these topics will be explained

  • basic and main principles
  • press design
  • application fields (pros and cons)
  • printing form preparation
  • printing process itself
  • recent developments

"Analysing materials for science and engineering of printable electronics"

Martti Toivakka

Mass-produced paper electronics (large area organic printed electronics on paper-based substrates, "throw-away electronics") has the potential to introduce the use of flexible electronic applications in everyday life. While paper manufacturing and printing have a long history and are considered among the greatest inventions of mankind, they were not developed with electronic applications in mind. Modifications to paper substrates and printing processes are required in order to obtain working electronic devices. This should be done while maintaining the high throughput of conventional printing techniques and the low cost and recyclability of paper. Influence of paper properties on printed functional devices, and possibilities to improve compatibility with printed electronics is discussed. Examples demonstrator devices printed with a custom built roll-to-roll hybrid printer are shown.

"Paper electronics - Paper as substrate for printed electronics and sensors"

Marta Klanjšek Gunde

Printable electronics should benefit on involvement of materials science and engineering which may help to realize and optimize all necessary features. The more-or-less new materials and application processes have to be controlled also on a very small scale to get the desired functionality. Lot of efforts is required to reach stable technologies, to optimize functional printing inks, and to address the environmental and safety issues. Most of these goals include also analysing of materials in all forms, such as liquid, solidified, cured, stabilized. Proper function of each material in a final device is subject to materials science, which uses several analytical methods to get the corresponding chemical structure and physical properties. A short overview of some frequently used analytical methods will be given in the presentation. Some examples from the area of printable electronics will be discussed with tight focus on the analytical methods that may give important information.

Tomos Syrový

Dr. Syrový is author or co-author of more than 25 IF publications (h-index 7) in peer-reviewed journals and he is also the author or co-author of more than 30 contributions at national and international conferences. There are more than 160 citations of his works. He is the author or co-author of functional samples and utility models for production of sensory element, respectively functional layers and structures (antistatic, antimicrobial, security, health care, etc.). He is experienced in R&D in area of functional printing and coating and he also skilled in transfer of printed/coated functionalities to industrial level, including wideweb. Various functional systems such as printed transistors, electrochromic displays, electroluminescent display panels, sensor elements for measuring relative humidity and various gas detection, photovoltaic cells, printed memory elements, different types of conducting, semiconducting and dielectric layers based conductive/semiconductive, dielectric and nanocomposite materials were prepared as part of his research activities. The various types of functionalities were prepared in many cases by own developed printing/coating formulations and technology condition setup. This is also one of the key roles of his participation in the projects and collaboration, i.e. development of printing/coating ink formulations for functional layers given characteristics made by proper printing/coating techniques (screen printing, gravure printing, flexographic printing, pad printing, ink-jet, aerosol jet printing, spray-coating, spin-coating, spiral bar coating, etc.).

He is a member of the OE-A that associates worldwide scientific and industrial organizations in the field of printed electronics. In 2013 got the award of Rector of UPCE for young scientists under 35 years for beneficial cooperation with the printing industry.

Dr. Johanna Lahti

Dr. Johanna Lahti has a doctoral degree in Paper Converting and Packaging Technology from Tampere University of Technology (2005). She is currently Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager in Paper Converting and Packaging Technology research group at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). She started her career (1999) by studying dispersion coatings and usage of pigment particles to improve barrier properties. In 2000 she started her doctoral thesis research about digital printing of extrusion coated packaging materials. In the research focus was on improving printability of polymeric surfaces by surface treatment. Since 2005 Dr. Lahti has participated in several national and international projects. Research areas include different topics relating to paper technology, paper converting and packaging technology. These include e.g. (co)extrusion coating, dispersion coating, surface treatments (e.g. plasma, corona, flame), nanoscale thin coatings (e.g. plasma deposition, ALD), substrates for packaging materials (plastic films, fiber-based substrates, coated materials, etc.), and printing technology. She has also coordinated one large-scale FP7 project (PlasmaNice, 2008-2012) with topic Atmospheric Plasmas for Nanoscale Industrial Surface Processing. Currently she is mainly working in FP7 project NanoMend (2012-2015). Nanomend aims to pioneer novel technologies for in-line detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nano scale defects for thin films coated on large area substrates. Examples include thin films used in the production of packaging materials, flexible solar panels, lighting and indoor and outdoor digital signage and displays. Since 2000 Dr. Lahti has supervised several thesis works and produced several conference papers, articles and presentations in the field of paper converting and packaging technology.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunter Huebner

Gunter HuebnerSince 1999 Prof. Huebner teaches at the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart Media University "Hochschule der Medien" (HdM) in Stuttgart, Germany.

From 2004 till 2014 he was the leader of the HdM study program "Print and Media Technology". Besides the entire printing technologies and printing processes his specialties in teaching are digital, screen and functional printing.

In 2006 the Institute for Applied Research (Institut für angewandte Forschung - IAF) was founded at the HdM. He took over the leadership of the IAF which is an umbrella organization over meanwhile about 30 research groups within the HdM. His own research group is called "Institute for Innovative Applications of the Printing Technologies" (IAD) and mainly deals with functional and fine line printing. Recent successful developments are printed antennae for automotive applications and screen printing of rechargeable batteries.

Before joining the HdM he worked for about 11 years with the companies AGFA Gevaert AG and DuPont de Nemours as a research and process engineer or system specialist, thus, combining mechanical and process expertise with a well-grounded knowledge in information technologies.

With his PhD-thesis about numerical simulation of ink-splitting processes in printing he 1991 obtained the Dr.-Ing.-title at the Technical University, Darmstadt, the place where he had passed his diploma in mechanical engineering, before.

Martti Toivakka

Martti Toivakka is currently a full professor and head of the Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting at Åbo Akademi University, Finland (www.abo.fi/lpcc). He received his doctoral degree in chemical engineering in the area of paper chemistry in 1998. His research group is a member of the Academy of Finland appointed Center of Excellence for Functional Materials, which develops functional materials and demonstrates devices for printed intelligence. His research interests include novel coating and surface treatment methods for natural fiber-based products, printing as a fabrication method and use of paper as a substrate for printed electronics. He has (co-)authored over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international journals and conferences.

Marta Klanjšek Gund

Marta Klanjšek Gunde is senior researcher at National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia and associate professor of information and graphics technology at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. She has been working in materials science since her diploma in 1982. She made her PhD in physics on infrared spectroscopy of thin solid films. Her research is concentrated on various homogeneous and heterogeneous materials in bulk and layered forms and their properties in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectral regions. She has been working on materials used for microelectronic applications, coatings for various purposes and for printed functionalities (printable electronics and thermochromics).



Lecture Room B, Faraday Building - Swansea University

Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP

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