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Summer School

Printing of Functional Applications Summer School

Monday 10th - Friday 14th July 2017

Room B001, Engineering Central - Swansea University Bay Campus,
Swansea, SA1 8EN
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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 Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) in association with icmPrint Limited, 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 10th July in the evening there will be a welcome event to enable you to network with other participants of the summer school.

The cost of the summer school is:

  • Associates and additional associate delegates: £325 + VAT per person
  • Non Associates: £530 + VAT
  • Academic Rate: £325 + VAT

Note: Refreshments and Lunch are incuded in the fee.

Note: Booking of accommodation is the responsibility of the delegate.

To view nearby accommodation around Swansea please go to www.visitswanseabay.com

Please contact info@wcpcswansea.com for more information about this event or any of our future events

Monday 10th 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 - 11:00 Comfort Break
11:00 - 12:00 Overview of Printed and Coated Functionalities,
Tomos Syrový, University of Pardubice
12:00 - 12:45 TBA,
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 Smart Wearables - Applications of Photonic Curing,
Aoife Celoria, Novacentrix
17:00 Day Close
17:30 Welcome Event at 360

Tuesday 11th 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 TBA,
David Galton, Asahi Photoproducts
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 12th 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 TBA,
Ian Mabbett, Swansea University
15:00 - 15:30 Comfort Break
15:30 - 16:30 TBA,
16:30 Day Close

Thursday 13th 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 14th 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

"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.

"Smart wearables – Applications of Photonic Curing"

Aoife Celoria

Rapid evaluation of physiological conditions offers huge advantages to personnel in areas such as emergency medical response and professional sports, and would allow continuous monitoring of physiological health, as well as possibilities for immediate treatment of serious injuries. High fidelity real-time diagnostics allowing simultaneous detection and comparison of several biological markers would allow profiling of an athlete’s health during training to avoid any excess force on their physiology. It could also provide medical personnel with a more direct treatment path to enhance survival rate of patients.

Bio-sensing in human perspiration can provide a non-invasive pathway to such diagnostics. For example, continuous monitoring of sweat lactate during exercise can benefit health and fitness applications of an athlete or patient. In this abstract, we outline wearable chemical sensors that utilize the expertise and access to high performance tools at NovaCentrix.

NovaCentrix inks capitalize on advanced materials and formulation expertise to provide a variety of options for specific applications, as well as the ability to tune factors such as conductivity, stretchability and solderability, towards a variety of printing techniques. These capabilities allow us to develop suitable materials towards electrochemical sensors that will conform to the physical and chemical requirements outlined in previous paragraphs. Add to this, the design of our inks specifically for use with low-temperature substrates including paper and plastics so that the convenience of a disposable biosensors can fully be realized. Solderability can be a significant advantage in the ease of combining a sensor to a reader. At NovaCentrix, inks have been developed to couple this feature with stretchability and bendability in order to address the physical demands of an on-body sensor.

Finally, the deployment of PulseForge, our photonic curing tool, allows us to thermally process inks over temperature sensitive substrates without damaging them. The use of such substrates significantly reduces the cost of each sensor thus rendering them available to a much wider (and lower budget) market.

"Gravure Printing / Screen Printing"

Gunter Huebner

For functional printing applications, the different printing processes provide different levels of suitability and show specific pros and cons. In these two courses, we will go through the technical aspects of gravure and screen-printing, their capabilities and their main applications. Presently screen-printing is the most versatile and most widely used printing process for functional printing and printed electronics, since it can print on very many substrates and a wide range of printing pastes up to very high solid contents and viscosities. Gravure, however, works fine on the opposite range of viscosities and dilute liquids. For both processes printing forms are required and we will see which are the most critical and important parameters in printing form preparation. Only, if you utilize an excellent printing form then you can achieve excellent results.

"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.

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.

Aoife Celoria

Aoife Celoria is involved in R&D and customer applications for Novacentrix initiatives. Her postdoctoral research at UT Austin and UC San Diego focused on the development of electrochemical systems including solid-state batteries and field-deployable sensors. Her Ph.D. research at the University of Oxford involved integration of ionic liquids for commercial toxic gas sensors. She currently serves as an applications engineer at Novacentrix, which is engaged in the development of photonic curing tools and conductive inks towards printable electronics.

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.

Since 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.


Room B001, Engineering Central - Swansea University Bay Campus

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