We use cookies to ensure that you get the best user experience. - more information

COST Banner

Printing of Functional Applications Summer School

EU COST Action FP1405
Active and intelligent fibre-based packaging – innovation and market introduction (ActInPak)

Monday 11th - Friday 15th July 2016

Room B001, Engineering Central - Swansea University Bay Campus,
Swansea, SA1 8EN
Register Now Powered by Eventbrite

This course brings together leading speakers from academia across Europe and Industry to deliver an introduction to printable electronics. The summer school takes place at the magnificent new 65 acre Bay Campus and is located right on the beach on the eastern approach to Swansea City and is the home to the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating based within the College of Engineering. The summer school is organised by COST ActinPak and hosted by the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC), using its new comprehensively equipped laboratories.

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

On Monday 11th July in the evening there will be a welcome reception to enable you to network with other participants, also on Wednesday 13th July there will be an early evening BBQ, both events will be held at the Bay Campus.

The cost of the summer school is:

  • Associates and additional associate delegates: £245 + VAT per person
  • Non Associates: £450 + VAT
  • Academic Rate: £245 + VAT
  • COST ActInPak Rate * : £0

Note: All refreshments and accommodation is the responsibility of the delegate.

* There are a limited number of COST FP1405 bursaries available to cover participation, travel and subsistence expenses.

For more information about the eligibility criteria contact Chris Hammett and for more information about ActInPak click here

On site 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

Please contact Chris Hammett for more information about this event or any of our future events

Monday 11th July

09:00 Registration
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Introduction,
David Gethin, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
09:45 - 10:45 Lab Tours and Demonstrations
10:45 - 11:15 Comfort Break
11:15 - 12:00 Overview of Printed and Coated Functionalities,
Tomos Syrový, University of Pardubice
12:00 - 12:45 Sensor Integration on Flexible Substrates,
Grigoris Kaltsas, T.E.I. of Athens
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:45 3D Printing,
Tim Mortensen, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
14:45 - 15:00 Inkjet printing,
Dave Shaw, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
15:00 - 15:15 Pad printing,
James Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
15:15 - 15:45 Drying and sintering,
Davide Deganello, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
15:45 - 16:00 Comfort Break
16:00 - 16:30 Aerosol Jet printing,
Chris Phillips, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
16:30 - 17:00 Photonic Fabrication with PulseForge,
Rob Hendriks, Novacentrix
17:00 Day Close
17:30 Welcome Event at the Bay Campus,
Room 344, School of Management (Building number 7)

Tuesday 12th 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 - 15:00 Advanced Screen Printing,
Fernando Zicarelli Fernández, Asada Mesh
15:00 - 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 - 16:30 Colour Measurement,
Tim Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
16:30 Day Close

Wednesday 13th July

09:00 - 09:50 Paper as substrate for printed electronics,
Martti Toivakka, Abo Akademi University
09:50 - 10:40 Inks & formulation,
Chris Phillips, 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),
Chris Phillips, 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 - 16:30 An overview about (nano) cellulose based active paqckaging materials.,
Carmen Freire, University of Aveiro
16:30 Day Close
17:30 BBQ/Buffet at Core, Swansea University Bay Campus

Thursday 14th 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 Day Close

Friday 15th July

09:00 - 10:00 Practical Session 4
10:00 - 10:30 Comfort Break
10:30 - 11:30 Practical Session 5
11:30 - 12:00 Comfort Break
12:00 - 13:00 Practical Session 6
13:00 Course End

Practical Sessions will cover: -

  • Screen Printing
  • Flexography
  • Rheology
  • Metrology
  • Ink Making Demo
  • Novacentrix Pulseforge Demo

"Photonic Fabrication of Flexible Electronics"

Rob Hendriks

As the demand for printed electronics is increasing, faster and cheaper processes are required to reduce production costs. In contrast to time consuming oven post-treatment steps, curing of conductive inks and soldering of components can be done within a fraction of a second by means of highly intense light pulses (photonic curing). This short processing time allows for high volume, cost-effective and energy efficient production of flexible electronics in a roll-to-roll manner. Photonic fabrication enables high temperature processing on temperature sensitive substrates such as PET and paper.

"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.

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

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.

"Analysing materials for science and engineering of printable electronics"

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.

"An overview about (nano)cellulose based active packaging materials"

Carmen S.R. Freire

Active packaging systems, aiming to extend products shelf life or to improve safety, while preserving quality, have emerged in response to the increasing demands of the modern society. Nowadays, one of the main challenges for active packaging is to develop more sustainable materials, for example by using active compounds derived from natural resources and biodegradable polymeric matrices.

In this scenario, nanocellulose forms, as nanofibrillated cellulose, bacterial cellulose and cellulose nanocrystals, because of their renewable character and singular properties, are gaining particular relevance on the design of nanostructured active packaging systems. Thus, the aim of this talk is to provide an overview of the research and innovation trends on nanocellulose based active packaging materials.

Rob Hendriks

Rob HendriksAfter his studies, Rob Hendriks started working at the Holst Centre in 2011, where he became the expert on photonic curing and the characterization of conductive inks. In 2013 he started the PhATT Project (Photonic Ablation & Transfer Technology), which focusses on the development of new technologies using high intensity light pulses. Driven by the idea of commercialization of these new technologies, in 2014 he started working for NovaCentrix, the company which produces state-of-the-art photonic curing equipment.

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.

Grigoris KALTSAS

Dr Grigoris KALTSAS received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from National University of Athens in 1993. He joined the Institute of Microelectronics of National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos" in 1993 as a Ph.D. student, after he has obtained a corresponding scholarship from the Institute. He received his Ph.D. entitled "Integrated gas and gas flow sensors fabricated by using porous silicon technology", from the National Technical University of Athens (School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences) in 1998. He joined the Department of Electronics of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (TEI-A) in 2003 as Assistant Professor and he is now Professor in the same Department. He is also affiliated (since 2003) with the Institute of Microelectronics of NCSR "Demokritos", as a research associate, having a close collaboration with several members of the Institute staff.

Dr. G. Kaltsas has participated and coordinated several European and National research projects funded by various foundations (EU, GSRT, Ministry of Education, etc) and industries (Unilever UK, i-Tax). He has collaborated with many European research groups from various countries within the frame of several projects. He has also participated in various committees and boards related to electronics – microsystems - sensors research and education.

He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and major conferences and he is an author of 5 patents, two of them being PCTs. He has given 3 invited talks in major international conferences in the field of microsystems - microfluidic devices and sensor technology. In 2004 he has been awarded from the minister of development by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology for the patent "Flow meter and special designed packaging for use in medical equipment for breath control", for the contribution to the technological progress of the country. He has over 600 citations with an h-index of 13.

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.

Dr. Johanna Lahti

Johanna LahtiDr. 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.

Fernando Zicarelli Fernández

Fernando Zicarelli Ferández

2011 - Now: Europe's new business development manager for Asada mesh - Spain
  • Introducing Europe´s customers to Asada´s latest mesh technology
  • Screen printing technology advisor
2009 - 2011: Metallization expert at epfl in neuchâtel - Switzerland
  • Developed high efficiency heterojunction solar cells

2007 - 2009: Director of process development at eoplex technologies - USA
  • Developed 3d screen printing components
1990 - 2007: Various development positions - USA
  • Business developer of v-screen mask technology (5 years)
  • Development of screen mask technology (7 years)
  • Engineer of hybrid thick film circuits (5 years)

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 Gunde

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).

Carmen Freire

Carmen Freire studied Chemistry in the University of Aveiro (UA) (degree in Chemistry in 1998). Then, in 2003 she has got a PhD degree in Chemistry, also by the UA. In the period of 2003-2005 she had a post-doc fellow position in the Department of Chemistry of UA and in the École Française de Papeterie et des Industries Graphiques (presently Pagora) (Institute Polytechnique de Greboble). In 2006 she became a staff member of CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials (UA) as Auxiliary Researcher and since 2013 as Principal Researcher (Biorefineries and Bio-based Materials). Her research interests are centered on the chemistry and applications of natural polymers (cellulose, starch, chitosan and proteins); new biocomposites and paper materials; nanostructured bio-based materials for biomedical applications (wound healing and drug delivery) and packaging; and isolation, characterization and chemical transformations of bioactive natural compounds. Carmen Freire is author/co-author of more than 130 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 4 patents, 9 book chapters and several communications in International and National Conferences.




Room B001, Engineering Central - Swansea University Bay Campus

Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea, SA1 8EN

COST logo
EU COST Action FP1405 logo
ICMPrint logo