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Canadian Printed & Flexible Electronics Symposium 2022

17 - 18 May 2022
8am - 9pm

Third Party Event

Come to learn, network, and build partnerships for collaboration and business development with movers and shakers from our industry around the globe!

The Circular Economy | Advances in Manufacturing | Materials Innovations | Smart Packaging | IoT and Cybersecurity | International Business and Networks | Textile Electronics

Leading global speakers include:
Myant
AFELIM
Tech-Access Canada
NSERC Green Electronics Network
Cascades
Henkel
Ahead of the Curve
NRC
Brilliant Matters
IDTechEx
Ynvisible
C2MI/ETS
NeuronicWorks
KITE/FIBRE-UHN
PulseForge
Global Affairs Canada
STMicroelectronics
Flextrapower
Sun Chemical
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst / Ryerson University
FPInnovations
RPRA
NovaCentrix
I-CI
Kynze
Jones Healthcare Group
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17 May 2022

IDTechEx

Tuesday

A roadmap to sustainable printed electronics

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08:45 AM

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Matthew Dyson

Senior Technology Analyst

The internet of things and smart packaging together promise a world in which electronics are embedded within many everyday objects, offering benefits such as predictive maintenance, automatic reordering, real-time quality control, and improved matching of supply and demand. However, for such a vision to be realized without producing an unacceptable mountain of electronic waste, sustainable electronics are required.
Printed and hybrid electronics is extremely well suited to making electronics more sustainable, since the same size circuit uses far less material than a conventional PCB. Furthermore, there are many other strategies by which printed electronics can be made more sustainable. These include using biodegradable and/or bio-based substrates, using alternative conductive inks to silver, and printed batteries without and heavy metals. Other related approaches include integrating RFID tags to assist with recycling, and simplifying the product life cycle to reduce the overall environmental impact.
This presentation will cover the motivation for making sustainable printed electronics, examples of strategies being used, and a roadmap for their adoption. Remaining challenges around sustainable printed electronics, and associated innovation opportunities, will also be discussed.

Dr Matthew Dyson is a Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, based in London UK. He has an MRes and PhD in Physics from Imperial College London, in which he investigated the optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors. This was followed by post-doctoral research at Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands focused primarily on organic photodetectors. At IDTechEx Matthew utilizes this technical background to cover both emerging image sensor technologies and printed/flexible electronics.

A roadmap to sustainable printed electronics

08:45 AM

The internet of things and smart packaging together promise a world in which electronics are embedded within many everyday objects, offering benefits such as predictive maintenance, automatic reordering, real-time quality control, and improved matching of supply and demand. However, for such a vision to be realized without producing an unacceptable mountain of electronic waste, sustainable electronics are required.
Printed and hybrid electronics is extremely well suited to making electronics more sustainable, since the same size circuit uses far less material than a conventional PCB. Furthermore, there are many other strategies by which printed electronics can be made more sustainable. These include using biodegradable and/or bio-based substrates, using alternative conductive inks to silver, and printed batteries without and heavy metals. Other related approaches include integrating RFID tags to assist with recycling, and simplifying the product life cycle to reduce the overall environmental impact.
This presentation will cover the motivation for making sustainable printed electronics, examples of strategies being used, and a roadmap for their adoption. Remaining challenges around sustainable printed electronics, and associated innovation opportunities, will also be discussed.

Dr Matthew Dyson is a Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, based in London UK. He has an MRes and PhD in Physics from Imperial College London, in which he investigated the optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors. This was followed by post-doctoral research at Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands focused primarily on organic photodetectors. At IDTechEx Matthew utilizes this technical background to cover both emerging image sensor technologies and printed/flexible electronics.

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17 May 2022

Jones Healthcare Group

Tuesday

Impact of Sustainability on Pharmaceutical Packaging

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09:05 AM

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Andrew Wong

Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability

A look at the primary and secondary market research that informed Jones Healthcare Group’s sustainability strategy development, and the current opportunities and challenges that JHG faces as a packaging solutions provider responding to increasing demand from the pharmaceutical industry for sustainability.

As Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability at Jones Healthcare Group, Andrew Wong is currently leading programs for sustainable development in the areas of environment and society, with a focus on best meeting stakeholder needs and enhancing the long term economic resiliency of the organization.

Impact of Sustainability on Pharmaceutical Packaging

09:05 AM

A look at the primary and secondary market research that informed Jones Healthcare Group’s sustainability strategy development, and the current opportunities and challenges that JHG faces as a packaging solutions provider responding to increasing demand from the pharmaceutical industry for sustainability.

As Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability at Jones Healthcare Group, Andrew Wong is currently leading programs for sustainable development in the areas of environment and society, with a focus on best meeting stakeholder needs and enhancing the long term economic resiliency of the organization.

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17 May 2022

RPRA

Tuesday

Producer Responsibility Requirements and the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority

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09:06 AM

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Mary Cummins

In November 2016, Ontario passed the Waste Free Ontario Act, 2016 (WFOA) and launched the province’s Circular Economy initiative by outlining a new regulatory framework for resource recovery and establishing the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) as the regulator responsible for enforcing Ontario’s circular economy laws. Starting January 1, 2021, producers of information technology and audio-visual equipment became individually accountable and financially responsible for collecting and reusing, refurbishing or recycling their products when consumers discard them. This presentation will outline both the broad context of Ontario’s Circular Economy initiative, the extended producer responsibility requirements for electronics, and the role of RPRA in enforcing the new regulatory requirements.

Mary Cummins has over 15 years of experience in delivering regulatory programs, stakeholder relations and policy/program development in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Her extensive experience in designing and delivering regulatory programs and managing stakeholder relations with RPRA, Waste Diversion Ontario and Stewardship Ontario, ensures RPRA’s compliance program and Registry system continue to operate effectively and efficiently to fulfill the government’s vision of a circular economy in Ontario. As the Registrar, Mary leads RPRA’s Registry support, compliance, and enforcement function, including overseeing inspections, prosecutions, compliance orders, administrative penalties, offence provisions and the Registry system used to receive and store information related to resource recovery and waste reduction activities.

Producer Responsibility Requirements and the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority

09:06 AM

In November 2016, Ontario passed the Waste Free Ontario Act, 2016 (WFOA) and launched the province’s Circular Economy initiative by outlining a new regulatory framework for resource recovery and establishing the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) as the regulator responsible for enforcing Ontario’s circular economy laws. Starting January 1, 2021, producers of information technology and audio-visual equipment became individually accountable and financially responsible for collecting and reusing, refurbishing or recycling their products when consumers discard them. This presentation will outline both the broad context of Ontario’s Circular Economy initiative, the extended producer responsibility requirements for electronics, and the role of RPRA in enforcing the new regulatory requirements.

Mary Cummins has over 15 years of experience in delivering regulatory programs, stakeholder relations and policy/program development in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Her extensive experience in designing and delivering regulatory programs and managing stakeholder relations with RPRA, Waste Diversion Ontario and Stewardship Ontario, ensures RPRA’s compliance program and Registry system continue to operate effectively and efficiently to fulfill the government’s vision of a circular economy in Ontario. As the Registrar, Mary leads RPRA’s Registry support, compliance, and enforcement function, including overseeing inspections, prosecutions, compliance orders, administrative penalties, offence provisions and the Registry system used to receive and store information related to resource recovery and waste reduction activities.

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17 May 2022

Cascades

Tuesday

Cascades’ Recycling history and future

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09:07 AM

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Marie-Eve Chapdelaine

Senior Sustainability Advisor

It is said that Cascades was born out of a form of sustainability. In the mid-1960s, long before the term was coined, Cascades decided to make the circular economy its business model by using old paper and cardboard, which were destined for landfills, as raw material for its hygiene and packaging products. Over the decades, the company has built an enviable reputation and has been named one of the 100 most responsible companies in the world by Corporate Knights.
Cascades has over 80 business units in North America, including 17 recovery centers and over 20 paper mills, making it an important stakeholder in both recovery and recycling. In recent years, packaging has evolved and become more complex, to meet both technical and marketing requirements. New components are being added or materials are being blended, bringing with it a host of challenges for the recyclability industry. The same issues are present for smart packaging. Therefore, it is important for the various players to work together to understand their respective realities. In this presentation, Cascades will explain the different criteria to consider in the design and end-of-life of packaging solutions to have eco-designed solutions. Recyclability is not a regulated term, but there are nevertheless several tests to know if your packaging is really recyclable (or not) and to protect you from misleading statements.

Marie-Eve Chapdelaine, Senior Sustainability Advisor at Cascade, has a decade of experience in the field of corporate sustainability. She has to her credit the strategic planning of three sustainability plans at Cascades, the positioning of the organization as one of the most responsible companies in the world, in addition to building the department that works to ensure that the company maintains its leadership position in this area.
She earned her first university degree in public communications at Université Laval. She continued her studies with a Master’s degree in Environment at the University of Sherbrooke. It is the combination of her knowledge and significant encounters that led her to turn to the world of sustainability, a subject that she teaches at the University of Sherbrooke. Recognized for her commitment and knowledge of waste management, she shares her knowledge on various blogs and acts as one of the ambassadors for the organization Mission 1000 tonnes, which is dedicated to removing waste from waterways and oceans.

Cascades’ Recycling history and future

09:07 AM

It is said that Cascades was born out of a form of sustainability. In the mid-1960s, long before the term was coined, Cascades decided to make the circular economy its business model by using old paper and cardboard, which were destined for landfills, as raw material for its hygiene and packaging products. Over the decades, the company has built an enviable reputation and has been named one of the 100 most responsible companies in the world by Corporate Knights.
Cascades has over 80 business units in North America, including 17 recovery centers and over 20 paper mills, making it an important stakeholder in both recovery and recycling. In recent years, packaging has evolved and become more complex, to meet both technical and marketing requirements. New components are being added or materials are being blended, bringing with it a host of challenges for the recyclability industry. The same issues are present for smart packaging. Therefore, it is important for the various players to work together to understand their respective realities. In this presentation, Cascades will explain the different criteria to consider in the design and end-of-life of packaging solutions to have eco-designed solutions. Recyclability is not a regulated term, but there are nevertheless several tests to know if your packaging is really recyclable (or not) and to protect you from misleading statements.

Marie-Eve Chapdelaine, Senior Sustainability Advisor at Cascade, has a decade of experience in the field of corporate sustainability. She has to her credit the strategic planning of three sustainability plans at Cascades, the positioning of the organization as one of the most responsible companies in the world, in addition to building the department that works to ensure that the company maintains its leadership position in this area.
She earned her first university degree in public communications at Université Laval. She continued her studies with a Master’s degree in Environment at the University of Sherbrooke. It is the combination of her knowledge and significant encounters that led her to turn to the world of sustainability, a subject that she teaches at the University of Sherbrooke. Recognized for her commitment and knowledge of waste management, she shares her knowledge on various blogs and acts as one of the ambassadors for the organization Mission 1000 tonnes, which is dedicated to removing waste from waterways and oceans.

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17 May 2022

NSERC Green Electronics Network

Tuesday

Impulsing cross-Canadian efforts for a green electronics industry

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09:08 AM

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Dr. Chloé Bois

Industrial Research Chair

Our world is rapidly adopting an information system known as the Internet of Things (IoT), in which smart devices and sensors embedded ubiquitously collect and exchange data. The IoT is estimated to consist of ~50B smart objects in 2020. Many of these devices will be simple, low-cost sensors deployed everywhere, monitoring food supplies, environmental conditions of air and water, the status of packaged goods, and human health. The resulting data will be used to improve human health and safety, as well as provide commercial benefits by preventing product loss. To make this vision a reality, the field of printable electronics (PE) is rapidly developing due to intense research efforts both in Canada and worldwide. PE combines conventional printing methods (gravure, flexography, screen printing, roll-to-roll) with conducting, dielectric, and semiconducting inks to produce electronic devices economically in a high throughput fashion. This unique synergy at the intersection between the printing and the electronics industries allows for the manufacturing of low-cost electronic devices that are light and flexible. The high throughput and low-cost manufacturing capabilities of PE are ideally suited to the mass production of devices needed for the IoT; however, the potential scale of this mass production also presents an environmental challenge that must be addressed for PE manufacturing to be a viable approach. There is an urgent need to reinvent the current methods of PE to incorporate green materials and processes to minimize the environmental impact.
In 2018, the NSERC Green Electronics Network was formed, consisting of world-class researchers in chemistry, physics, and engineering, from across Canada with a vision to address these key issues by exploiting the internationally recognized strengths of Canada in materials science and organic electronics to fabricate environmentally-friendly printed electronic sensors intended for smart packaging applications. This presentation will include a discussion of the vision and goals of this unprecedented network of researchers, along with recent advances from the network in the preparation and characterization of environmentally benign carbon-based conductors, dielectrics, and semiconductors using sustainable processes, their formulation into inks using environmentally-friendly solvents, and the printing and fabrication of electronic devices and circuits on various biodegradable or recyclable substrates.

Dr. Chloé Bois holds the Industrial Research Chair in NSERC Colleges in Print Manufacturing at Collège Ahuntsic. She is the general manager of the Graphic Communications and Printability institute (ICI) since 2020 after having served as R&D director since 2016. ICI is a collegial center for technology transfer and a center for access to technology that supports excellence in college education and innovation in companies in the graphic communications and printed electronics sectors through research, education, and the organization of dissemination events knowledge. As a Research Chair, Bois uses her specialization in printing processes, printed electronics and industrialization of new products printed mainly on rotating equipment for mass production. She supports a multidisciplinary team in the work of transferring academic results to industry by developing methods for scaling up from product prototyping to production prototyping applied to ink formulations, printable structures, additive manufacturing processes. advanced. Thanks to her associative commitments for the scientific and technical community both in Canada and internationally such as OE-A Vice-Chair North America, Tech Access Canada board member, and conferences organization committees, she helps promoting industrial innovation and college and university education. She is dedicated to strengthening the recognition of multiple human potentials by being involved in activities promoting diversity, equality and the inclusion of minorities and racialized communities in STEM and leadership positions.

Impulsing cross-Canadian efforts for a green electronics industry

09:08 AM

Our world is rapidly adopting an information system known as the Internet of Things (IoT), in which smart devices and sensors embedded ubiquitously collect and exchange data. The IoT is estimated to consist of ~50B smart objects in 2020. Many of these devices will be simple, low-cost sensors deployed everywhere, monitoring food supplies, environmental conditions of air and water, the status of packaged goods, and human health. The resulting data will be used to improve human health and safety, as well as provide commercial benefits by preventing product loss. To make this vision a reality, the field of printable electronics (PE) is rapidly developing due to intense research efforts both in Canada and worldwide. PE combines conventional printing methods (gravure, flexography, screen printing, roll-to-roll) with conducting, dielectric, and semiconducting inks to produce electronic devices economically in a high throughput fashion. This unique synergy at the intersection between the printing and the electronics industries allows for the manufacturing of low-cost electronic devices that are light and flexible. The high throughput and low-cost manufacturing capabilities of PE are ideally suited to the mass production of devices needed for the IoT; however, the potential scale of this mass production also presents an environmental challenge that must be addressed for PE manufacturing to be a viable approach. There is an urgent need to reinvent the current methods of PE to incorporate green materials and processes to minimize the environmental impact.
In 2018, the NSERC Green Electronics Network was formed, consisting of world-class researchers in chemistry, physics, and engineering, from across Canada with a vision to address these key issues by exploiting the internationally recognized strengths of Canada in materials science and organic electronics to fabricate environmentally-friendly printed electronic sensors intended for smart packaging applications. This presentation will include a discussion of the vision and goals of this unprecedented network of researchers, along with recent advances from the network in the preparation and characterization of environmentally benign carbon-based conductors, dielectrics, and semiconductors using sustainable processes, their formulation into inks using environmentally-friendly solvents, and the printing and fabrication of electronic devices and circuits on various biodegradable or recyclable substrates.

Dr. Chloé Bois holds the Industrial Research Chair in NSERC Colleges in Print Manufacturing at Collège Ahuntsic. She is the general manager of the Graphic Communications and Printability institute (ICI) since 2020 after having served as R&D director since 2016. ICI is a collegial center for technology transfer and a center for access to technology that supports excellence in college education and innovation in companies in the graphic communications and printed electronics sectors through research, education, and the organization of dissemination events knowledge. As a Research Chair, Bois uses her specialization in printing processes, printed electronics and industrialization of new products printed mainly on rotating equipment for mass production. She supports a multidisciplinary team in the work of transferring academic results to industry by developing methods for scaling up from product prototyping to production prototyping applied to ink formulations, printable structures, additive manufacturing processes. advanced. Thanks to her associative commitments for the scientific and technical community both in Canada and internationally such as OE-A Vice-Chair North America, Tech Access Canada board member, and conferences organization committees, she helps promoting industrial innovation and college and university education. She is dedicated to strengthening the recognition of multiple human potentials by being involved in activities promoting diversity, equality and the inclusion of minorities and racialized communities in STEM and leadership positions.

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17 May 2022

AFELIM

Tuesday

French companies in the PE sector

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10:40 AM

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Mickael Rougette

Business Manager

Printed electronic devices, both flexible and rigid, represent a significant and growing potential. IDTechEx estimates that the materials market for printed electronics will reach $6.9 billion in 2031. Specialization is required at many stages of the process. Matchmaking and new partnerships can be significant success factors. Strong commercial potential between Canadian and international organizations provides opportunities for mutually rewarding relationships. AFELIM and intelliFLEX have partnered to provide that environment for their respective members.
In this presentation, AFELIM is highlighted. As the French printed electronics association, it represents the companies that do business in printed electronics in France. AFELIM includes every profession in the value chain and is the counterpart to intelliFLEX.

Currently the Business Manager, Amico 2030, Mickael Rougette started along his path by studying international business development and market access in France. Mickael’s long, strong connection with both AFELIM and intelliFLEX stems from working in France for five years in the supply of polymer treatments for the European automotive industry. During that time, he became an active member of AFELIM, assisting in local workshops right through to international events. Mickael moved to Canada, working with several organizations, including intelliFLEX from 2016 to 2021. He then joined Amico Infrastructures, a leading integrated land development and construction company in Ontario, in 2021 as their 2030 Business Manager. Amico’s 2030 initiatives include: convergence of digital and physical infrastructure; construction safety and production by using AI, drone technology and 3D scanning/printing; dynamic roadways; smart energy and water management systems. His interests in Printed Electronics continue to flourish.

French companies in the PE sector

10:40 AM

Printed electronic devices, both flexible and rigid, represent a significant and growing potential. IDTechEx estimates that the materials market for printed electronics will reach $6.9 billion in 2031. Specialization is required at many stages of the process. Matchmaking and new partnerships can be significant success factors. Strong commercial potential between Canadian and international organizations provides opportunities for mutually rewarding relationships. AFELIM and intelliFLEX have partnered to provide that environment for their respective members.
In this presentation, AFELIM is highlighted. As the French printed electronics association, it represents the companies that do business in printed electronics in France. AFELIM includes every profession in the value chain and is the counterpart to intelliFLEX.

Currently the Business Manager, Amico 2030, Mickael Rougette started along his path by studying international business development and market access in France. Mickael’s long, strong connection with both AFELIM and intelliFLEX stems from working in France for five years in the supply of polymer treatments for the European automotive industry. During that time, he became an active member of AFELIM, assisting in local workshops right through to international events. Mickael moved to Canada, working with several organizations, including intelliFLEX from 2016 to 2021. He then joined Amico Infrastructures, a leading integrated land development and construction company in Ontario, in 2021 as their 2030 Business Manager. Amico’s 2030 initiatives include: convergence of digital and physical infrastructure; construction safety and production by using AI, drone technology and 3D scanning/printing; dynamic roadways; smart energy and water management systems. His interests in Printed Electronics continue to flourish.

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17 May 2022

Global Affairs Canada

Tuesday

Trade Commissioner Service: You’re ready to grow. We’re ready to help

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10:41 AM

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Vanessa Pukal

Trade Commissioner

For more than 120 years, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada has been helping companies navigate international markets. The TCS has more than 1,000 Trade Commissioners in over 160 cities across Canada and the world. The TCS helps Canadian companies navigate the complexities of the global market by connecting them to funding and support programs, international opportunities and our unparalleled network of Trade Commissioners. This presentation will help companies tap into the expertise and funding offered, understand the TCS advantage, and make exporting easier.

Vanessa Pukal has been Trade Commissioner at the Ontario Regional Office of the TCS since 2020. She helps Ontario companies in the ICT sector grow globally and is based in Toronto. Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada she worked for a number of government agencies and the Bank of Montreal. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glendon College, York University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University.

Trade Commissioner Service: You’re ready to grow. We’re ready to help

10:41 AM

For more than 120 years, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada has been helping companies navigate international markets. The TCS has more than 1,000 Trade Commissioners in over 160 cities across Canada and the world. The TCS helps Canadian companies navigate the complexities of the global market by connecting them to funding and support programs, international opportunities and our unparalleled network of Trade Commissioners. This presentation will help companies tap into the expertise and funding offered, understand the TCS advantage, and make exporting easier.

Vanessa Pukal has been Trade Commissioner at the Ontario Regional Office of the TCS since 2020. She helps Ontario companies in the ICT sector grow globally and is based in Toronto. Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada she worked for a number of government agencies and the Bank of Montreal. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Glendon College, York University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from Carleton University.

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17 May 2022

Tech-Access Canada

Tuesday

Technology Access Centres’ Interactive Visits Program

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10:42 AM

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Ken Doyle

Executive Director

Canada’s 60 Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly funded colleges or cégeps. Each TAC serves a specific geographic area, focusing on strengthening the industrial sector of significance to that region. Uniquely Canadian, and a source of pride in their communities, TACs help Canadian businesses – especially small businesses – advance their products, processes, and services by: conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems; offering specialized technical services and objective advice; and providing training related to new types of equipment and processes. This presentation will provide an overview of Tech-Access Canada’s Interactive Visits program which provides eligible SMEs with 20-hour R&D collaborations at any of the 60 TACs.

Since 2016, Ken Doyle has served as the Executive Director of Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada’s Technology Access Centres (TACs). Ken’s knowledge and experience combined with his management skills and positive attitude make him a strong leader for the TAC network. Ken is responsible for ensuring the network achieves its mandate of facilitating the sharing of best practices between member TACs, and promoting the adoption of comparable service excellence standards. Ken actively promotes the Technology Access Centre model to external audiences including industry associations, federal and provincial governments, and any other innovators and entrepreneurs he’s able to connect with.

Technology Access Centres’ Interactive Visits Program

10:42 AM

Canada’s 60 Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly funded colleges or cégeps. Each TAC serves a specific geographic area, focusing on strengthening the industrial sector of significance to that region. Uniquely Canadian, and a source of pride in their communities, TACs help Canadian businesses – especially small businesses – advance their products, processes, and services by: conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems; offering specialized technical services and objective advice; and providing training related to new types of equipment and processes. This presentation will provide an overview of Tech-Access Canada’s Interactive Visits program which provides eligible SMEs with 20-hour R&D collaborations at any of the 60 TACs.

Since 2016, Ken Doyle has served as the Executive Director of Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada’s Technology Access Centres (TACs). Ken’s knowledge and experience combined with his management skills and positive attitude make him a strong leader for the TAC network. Ken is responsible for ensuring the network achieves its mandate of facilitating the sharing of best practices between member TACs, and promoting the adoption of comparable service excellence standards. Ken actively promotes the Technology Access Centre model to external audiences including industry associations, federal and provincial governments, and any other innovators and entrepreneurs he’s able to connect with.

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17 May 2022

PulseForge

Tuesday

Soldering on Lightweight Plastic as a Sustainable Process

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Stan Farnsworth

Chief Marketing Officer

Demand in lightweight, conformal electronics has surpassed current manufacturing capabilities, which are predicated on equilibrium-based thermal processes such as reflow soldering. The presenter will offer next-generation thermal processing, enabling applications such as soldering SAC305 onto lightweight PET. This new thermal processing decarbonizes the supply chain by utilizing as little as 15% of the energy of standard processing, can be set up in minutes, and is a fraction of the footprint of current equipment.

Stan Farnsworth, Chief Marketing Officer, Stan.farnsworth@pulseforge.com
Stan has been bringing deep-tech innovation to markets and applications for over 20 years. He is the Chief Marketing Officer for the newly-created PulseForge Inc, spun out of NovaCentrix where he also held the title of Chief Marketing Officer as well as being a founding member in 2008. Prior, he was also a founding member of Nanotechnologies Inc (1999), an early pioneer and recognized leader in the nanomaterial space.
He has worked for over a decade with the OE-A, the leading international association for printed and large-area flexible electronics, where he serves as elected Chairman. He was recently named to the invitation-only Forbes Executive Communications Council. He is also an active Mentor at Capital Factory, the leading start-up ecosystem in the Austin area, where he advises entrepreneurs on marketing and sales topics.
For the past 10 years Stan has also been the chair of the STEM advisory board for a local Austin area high school. In this capacity, he has been working to increase diversity in STEM education and improve awareness of technology opportunities for all students.
Stan earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Rice University and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, specializing in heat transfer and fluid mechanics.

Soldering on Lightweight Plastic as a Sustainable Process

01:00 PM

Demand in lightweight, conformal electronics has surpassed current manufacturing capabilities, which are predicated on equilibrium-based thermal processes such as reflow soldering. The presenter will offer next-generation thermal processing, enabling applications such as soldering SAC305 onto lightweight PET. This new thermal processing decarbonizes the supply chain by utilizing as little as 15% of the energy of standard processing, can be set up in minutes, and is a fraction of the footprint of current equipment.

Stan Farnsworth, Chief Marketing Officer, Stan.farnsworth@pulseforge.com
Stan has been bringing deep-tech innovation to markets and applications for over 20 years. He is the Chief Marketing Officer for the newly-created PulseForge Inc, spun out of NovaCentrix where he also held the title of Chief Marketing Officer as well as being a founding member in 2008. Prior, he was also a founding member of Nanotechnologies Inc (1999), an early pioneer and recognized leader in the nanomaterial space.
He has worked for over a decade with the OE-A, the leading international association for printed and large-area flexible electronics, where he serves as elected Chairman. He was recently named to the invitation-only Forbes Executive Communications Council. He is also an active Mentor at Capital Factory, the leading start-up ecosystem in the Austin area, where he advises entrepreneurs on marketing and sales topics.
For the past 10 years Stan has also been the chair of the STEM advisory board for a local Austin area high school. In this capacity, he has been working to increase diversity in STEM education and improve awareness of technology opportunities for all students.
Stan earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Rice University and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, specializing in heat transfer and fluid mechanics.

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17 May 2022

C2MI/ETS

Tuesday

Hybrid printing solutions using copper for solderability

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Christophe Sansregret

Process development

Printed electronic devices, both flexible and rigid, have garnered significant interest and adoption across multiple market segments, including aerospace, medical, IoT, automotive, energy and consumer electronics. The technology is highly adaptable and compatible with low cost, automated mass production processes, thereby attracting both industrial and academic applications.
To maximally exploit the opportunities of this technology, the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI) in collaboration with École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) has developed a hybrid printing solution using copper (Cu) inks that addresses both circuit density optimization and the integration of solderable, surface mount components. The hybrid approach leverages the respective strengths of two industrially pervasive printing processes, namely inkjet and screen-printing, on the same device. The inkjet technique enables fine lines and spacing of conductive traces with minimal ink consumption. Further, the technique does not rely on design-specific hard tooling, such as masks, thus allowing immediate correction or fine-tuning of device designs. On the other hand, the strength of screen-printing lies in its capability to cost-effectively print the thicker deposits necessary for reliable component connections. The use of a Cu ink renders these deposits compatible with the industry standard SAC305 solder used in high volume PCB surface mount assembly.
In this presentation, we first review key market trends and technology needs, then discuss the challenges specific to both the hybrid approach and the use of Cu ink materials. This includes ink compatibility, curing parameters and height control. Approaches taken by C2MI to address these challenges using its industry-compatible processes and equipment are then reviewed.

Christophe Sansregret is working at the Micro Innovation Collaboration Center (C2Mi) in process development in Printed electronics and advanced packaging. He focuses on flexible and printed electronics production through additive manufacturing. He is currently developing processes for the integration of surface mounted electronic components on flexible substrates using copper inks in collaboration mainly with the École des Technologies Supérieurs (ÉTS).

Hybrid printing solutions using copper for solderability

01:01 PM

Printed electronic devices, both flexible and rigid, have garnered significant interest and adoption across multiple market segments, including aerospace, medical, IoT, automotive, energy and consumer electronics. The technology is highly adaptable and compatible with low cost, automated mass production processes, thereby attracting both industrial and academic applications.
To maximally exploit the opportunities of this technology, the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI) in collaboration with École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) has developed a hybrid printing solution using copper (Cu) inks that addresses both circuit density optimization and the integration of solderable, surface mount components. The hybrid approach leverages the respective strengths of two industrially pervasive printing processes, namely inkjet and screen-printing, on the same device. The inkjet technique enables fine lines and spacing of conductive traces with minimal ink consumption. Further, the technique does not rely on design-specific hard tooling, such as masks, thus allowing immediate correction or fine-tuning of device designs. On the other hand, the strength of screen-printing lies in its capability to cost-effectively print the thicker deposits necessary for reliable component connections. The use of a Cu ink renders these deposits compatible with the industry standard SAC305 solder used in high volume PCB surface mount assembly.
In this presentation, we first review key market trends and technology needs, then discuss the challenges specific to both the hybrid approach and the use of Cu ink materials. This includes ink compatibility, curing parameters and height control. Approaches taken by C2MI to address these challenges using its industry-compatible processes and equipment are then reviewed.

Christophe Sansregret is working at the Micro Innovation Collaboration Center (C2Mi) in process development in Printed electronics and advanced packaging. He focuses on flexible and printed electronics production through additive manufacturing. He is currently developing processes for the integration of surface mounted electronic components on flexible substrates using copper inks in collaboration mainly with the École des Technologies Supérieurs (ÉTS).

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17 May 2022

TechBlick

Tuesday

Printed Electronics: Emerging technologies to print nano- to micron sized features

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Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh

CEO

The resolution of printed electronics technology improves constantly, in some cases even encroaching into the territory of lithography. What is achieved today was hardly imaginable last decade. In this talk, we will review the state-of-the-art in various fineline printing approaches. In doing so, we will cover techniques as diverse as screen printing, hybrid printing, flexo and gravure printing, LIFT (laser induced forward transfer), transfer, nanoimprint, etc. We will show how printed techniques today can cover the entire spectrum from nano-sized to micro-sized scale on substrates as diverse as silicon and PET using both continuous/analogue as well as digital techniques.

Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh is the CEO of TechBlick. He has spent more than a decade leading global analysts teams focused on emerging technologies. He has developed market-leading industry reports and supported numerous clients in Asia, Europe, and North America. Prior to founding TechBlick, Khasha was the Research Director at IDTechEx.
He completed his masters and PhD at the University of Cambridge and UCL, respectively, where he worked with Samsung to produce and characterize state-of-the-art TFTs. He is regularly cited in leading journals and his academic publications are cited over 1000 times. He is passionate about emerging technologies.

Printed Electronics: Emerging technologies to print nano- to micron sized features

01:02 PM

The resolution of printed electronics technology improves constantly, in some cases even encroaching into the territory of lithography. What is achieved today was hardly imaginable last decade. In this talk, we will review the state-of-the-art in various fineline printing approaches. In doing so, we will cover techniques as diverse as screen printing, hybrid printing, flexo and gravure printing, LIFT (laser induced forward transfer), transfer, nanoimprint, etc. We will show how printed techniques today can cover the entire spectrum from nano-sized to micro-sized scale on substrates as diverse as silicon and PET using both continuous/analogue as well as digital techniques.

Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh is the CEO of TechBlick. He has spent more than a decade leading global analysts teams focused on emerging technologies. He has developed market-leading industry reports and supported numerous clients in Asia, Europe, and North America. Prior to founding TechBlick, Khasha was the Research Director at IDTechEx.
He completed his masters and PhD at the University of Cambridge and UCL, respectively, where he worked with Samsung to produce and characterize state-of-the-art TFTs. He is regularly cited in leading journals and his academic publications are cited over 1000 times. He is passionate about emerging technologies.

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17 May 2022

NeuronicWorks

Tuesday

From Concept to Customers

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Titu Botos

CEO

Increased specialization adds to the challenges and opportunities of todays world as the introduction of exceptional concepts requires a plethora of skills, knowledge, and tools. This can prevent many worthwhile ideas from coming to market, even when funding is available. This presentation will deal with the specific steps needed to get to the stage of being able to successfully ship solutions. The focus will be from a technical perspective. Cost-effective system, hardware, software, and mechanical design incorporating DFX principals and full certification will be addressed.

Titu Botos is the CEO at NeuronicWorks, having previously served as the Vice President of Engineering and senior system and hardware design engineer. With over 20 years of experience in analysis, design, testing and debugging both analog and digital systems, Titu is hailed as the driving force to the company’s engineering department. His experience includes a variety of electronic fields, from industrial environments to space applications, from instrumentation to control, from ultra-low power (uW) to high-power (KW) systems. He displays a depth of knowledge across multiple technical areas including current knowledge of existing and emerging technologies that permit him to guide the organizations’ efforts in serving customers. Titu’s specialization in hardware, firmware and software integration and strong background in engineering research and training allow him to understand customer’s requirements and ensure the appropriate support is brought to bear. He holds a Ph.D. in Mobile Robots Guidance, a Masters of Science in Instrumentation of Electronic Measurements field and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering.

From Concept to Customers

01:03 PM

Increased specialization adds to the challenges and opportunities of todays world as the introduction of exceptional concepts requires a plethora of skills, knowledge, and tools. This can prevent many worthwhile ideas from coming to market, even when funding is available. This presentation will deal with the specific steps needed to get to the stage of being able to successfully ship solutions. The focus will be from a technical perspective. Cost-effective system, hardware, software, and mechanical design incorporating DFX principals and full certification will be addressed.

Titu Botos is the CEO at NeuronicWorks, having previously served as the Vice President of Engineering and senior system and hardware design engineer. With over 20 years of experience in analysis, design, testing and debugging both analog and digital systems, Titu is hailed as the driving force to the company’s engineering department. His experience includes a variety of electronic fields, from industrial environments to space applications, from instrumentation to control, from ultra-low power (uW) to high-power (KW) systems. He displays a depth of knowledge across multiple technical areas including current knowledge of existing and emerging technologies that permit him to guide the organizations’ efforts in serving customers. Titu’s specialization in hardware, firmware and software integration and strong background in engineering research and training allow him to understand customer’s requirements and ensure the appropriate support is brought to bear. He holds a Ph.D. in Mobile Robots Guidance, a Masters of Science in Instrumentation of Electronic Measurements field and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering.

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17 May 2022

I-CI

Tuesday

From Lab-to-Fab: Strategy for Industrialization of Flexible Hybrid Printed Electronics

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Dr. Ngoc Duc Trinh

Director for R&D

The industrialization of printed electronics (PE) using continuous roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing techniques involves several technological challenges. To facilitate the key decision-making and accelerate the scale up of the first viable product, ICI is implementing an industrialization strategy based on focusing initial efforts on the most critical PE application factor. This presentation will demonstrate the application of this strategy to industrial production of smart time-temperature monitoring labels for cold chain traceability using R2R continuous production methods.

Dr. Ngoc Duc Trinh was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Québec in Montréal in 2015. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montréal. His graduate and postdoctoral studies focused on the development of high-performance electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. In September 2017, he joined the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI) as a project manager. In August 2021 he became ICI’s Director for R&D. His expertise is applied in the manufacturing by roll-to-roll printing processes of fully printed batteries and printed electronics adapted to smart packaging. These devices make it possible to continuously provide additional information on the conditions of packaging throughout the supply chain to consumers. Within the multidisciplinary R&D team, he contributes to the industrialization of printed or hybrid flexible electronics using roll-to-roll printing processes, taking part in the technology transfer to industrial partners.

From Lab-to-Fab: Strategy for Industrialization of Flexible Hybrid Printed Electronics

01:04 PM

The industrialization of printed electronics (PE) using continuous roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing techniques involves several technological challenges. To facilitate the key decision-making and accelerate the scale up of the first viable product, ICI is implementing an industrialization strategy based on focusing initial efforts on the most critical PE application factor. This presentation will demonstrate the application of this strategy to industrial production of smart time-temperature monitoring labels for cold chain traceability using R2R continuous production methods.

Dr. Ngoc Duc Trinh was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Québec in Montréal in 2015. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montréal. His graduate and postdoctoral studies focused on the development of high-performance electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. In September 2017, he joined the Printability and Graphic Communications Institute (ICI) as a project manager. In August 2021 he became ICI’s Director for R&D. His expertise is applied in the manufacturing by roll-to-roll printing processes of fully printed batteries and printed electronics adapted to smart packaging. These devices make it possible to continuously provide additional information on the conditions of packaging throughout the supply chain to consumers. Within the multidisciplinary R&D team, he contributes to the industrialization of printed or hybrid flexible electronics using roll-to-roll printing processes, taking part in the technology transfer to industrial partners.

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17 May 2022

Sun Chemical

Tuesday

Advancements in Functional Inks for the Evolving HMI Applications

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John Hannafin

Global Product and Business Development Manager

Human machine interface (HMI) space is constantly evolving to meet consumer expectations for functionality and unique design. Screen printing and polymer thick film materials have been used for HMI for many years, mainly in touch switch and touch panel applications. Today, with HMI designs moving towards higher levels of functionality, reliability and aesthetics, there is a great opportunity for manufacturers to expand the use of printed electronics and take advantage of additive processing for lower cost of manufacture and improved environmental impact. In addition, printed electronics can deliver new form factors and design features not readily possible or too expensive with more traditional PCB or FPC designs. This presentation will discuss the trends in HMI and developments in materials solutions to advance the presence of printed electronics in HMI applications.

John Hannafin is currently Global Product and Business Development Manager at Sun Chemical. Formerly CEO of NanoMas Technology, a high performance nanosilver particle and ink producer, he joined Sun upon his sale of NanoMas to Sun in 2013. John has over 25 years of experience in materials and solutions for the printed electronics, electronic assembly and semiconductor packaging industries. He has a BS in Electronic Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Advancements in Functional Inks for the Evolving HMI Applications

03:20 PM

Human machine interface (HMI) space is constantly evolving to meet consumer expectations for functionality and unique design. Screen printing and polymer thick film materials have been used for HMI for many years, mainly in touch switch and touch panel applications. Today, with HMI designs moving towards higher levels of functionality, reliability and aesthetics, there is a great opportunity for manufacturers to expand the use of printed electronics and take advantage of additive processing for lower cost of manufacture and improved environmental impact. In addition, printed electronics can deliver new form factors and design features not readily possible or too expensive with more traditional PCB or FPC designs. This presentation will discuss the trends in HMI and developments in materials solutions to advance the presence of printed electronics in HMI applications.

John Hannafin is currently Global Product and Business Development Manager at Sun Chemical. Formerly CEO of NanoMas Technology, a high performance nanosilver particle and ink producer, he joined Sun upon his sale of NanoMas to Sun in 2013. John has over 25 years of experience in materials and solutions for the printed electronics, electronic assembly and semiconductor packaging industries. He has a BS in Electronic Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

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17 May 2022

NovaCentrix

Tuesday

Advances in Inkjet Printing: Thermal Inkjet, and Gold Inks

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Dr. Dave Pope

Vice President of R&D and Manufacturing

Owing to their simple print-head architecture, thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers are a lower-cost option for printing than piezoelectric inkjet printing and print at a faster speed with a high-quality finish. They can print on a wide variety of surfaces, including regular and specialty papers, plastics, metals and cartons. Most of these printers are simple to use and require very minimal training or practice. However, many challenges still exist in developing reliable conductive inks for TIJ. For instance, the inks for this purpose must avoid sintering and fouling at the printhead’s thermal ejection point. Building on years of ink design and nanoparticle incorporation experience, NovaCentrix has developed a portfolio of conductive inks that are compatible with thermal inkjet printheads. This innovative step in printed conductive materials will enable the design of printed electronics to a wider audience. Using readily available and affordable thermal inkjet printheads, at-home crafters, STEM educators, and product packaging businesses can realize their printed electronics designs on a wide range of low-temperature and flexible substrates.

Joining NovaCentrix in 2008, Dr. Dave Pope leads the inks development group as Vice President of R&D and Manufacturing. He works with the applications and sales teams to provide customers with solutions for their printing projects. Dave holds 6 US patents in a variety of fields and has worked for a number of companies – including Schlumberger, Cabot Corp, and Sasol. He received his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Advances in Inkjet Printing: Thermal Inkjet, and Gold Inks

03:21 PM

Owing to their simple print-head architecture, thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers are a lower-cost option for printing than piezoelectric inkjet printing and print at a faster speed with a high-quality finish. They can print on a wide variety of surfaces, including regular and specialty papers, plastics, metals and cartons. Most of these printers are simple to use and require very minimal training or practice. However, many challenges still exist in developing reliable conductive inks for TIJ. For instance, the inks for this purpose must avoid sintering and fouling at the printhead’s thermal ejection point. Building on years of ink design and nanoparticle incorporation experience, NovaCentrix has developed a portfolio of conductive inks that are compatible with thermal inkjet printheads. This innovative step in printed conductive materials will enable the design of printed electronics to a wider audience. Using readily available and affordable thermal inkjet printheads, at-home crafters, STEM educators, and product packaging businesses can realize their printed electronics designs on a wide range of low-temperature and flexible substrates.

Joining NovaCentrix in 2008, Dr. Dave Pope leads the inks development group as Vice President of R&D and Manufacturing. He works with the applications and sales teams to provide customers with solutions for their printing projects. Dave holds 6 US patents in a variety of fields and has worked for a number of companies – including Schlumberger, Cabot Corp, and Sasol. He received his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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17 May 2022

FPInnovations

Tuesday

Piezoelectric Sensors Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals

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Wadood Y. Hamad

Research Manager of the Transformation and Interfaces Group

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are renewable nanomaterials obtained by strong acid hydrolysis of biomass. CNC surface charge and properties can be manipulated and controlled during the hydrolysis process, whereby a tunable measure of surface charge and active moieties can be engineered. The electric dipole moment of CNCs has been measured using transient electric birefringence, with a reported 4400 ± 400 D magnitude permanent dipole along the CNC long axis. Many natural materials, including wood, show piezoelectric properties by virtue of the non-centrosymmetric orientation of their molecular components. However, we will show how CNCs – unlike other natural materials – have unique, tunable, and long-lasting piezoelectric response, alone or in combination with other polymeric materials.
It was discovered that the piezoelectric response of CNC films strongly depended on the surface properties of CNCs and the ionic strength of the CNC dispersion. An increase in |d33| from 0.4 to 5.5 pC N-1 was observed by converting CNCs from Na-form to H-form, and this value was further improved to 82.6 pC N-1 by controlling the ionic strength of the CNC suspensions before evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA). This d33 value was higher than that typically observed for PVDF, the most widely used piezoelectric polymer material, as well as PZT-polymer composites, and some piezoelectric ceramics, e.g., BiFeO3.
The presentation will detail the mechanisms responsible for these unique responses governed by controllably manipulating CNC surface characteristics, and how this knowledge can be applied to develop sustainable, cost-effective organic electronic materials for a variety of end-use engineering and biomedical applications.

Wadood Y. Hamad has expertise in materials science and nanotechnology and is currently Research Manager of the Transformation and Interfaces Group within the Bioproducts Innovation Centre of Excellence at FPInnovations. Also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia since 2012, Dr Hamad has sought to provide a vision for advancing high-level R&D. His focus is on eco-sustainable design and the application of an inter-disciplinary scientific approach spanning the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology to develop useful bio-inspired materials and structures for engineering and medical applications. A pioneer in the research and development of renewable, nontoxic nanomaterials, particularly his ground-breaking research on the structure-property-process interrelations of cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) processing. Dr Hamad was granted the Distinguished Nanoscientist Award and FiberLean Industries Prize by the Nanotechnology Division of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, TAPPI (USA) in June 2018. Wadood was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (UK) in 2017. He is the recipient of other honours and awards, notably the Tech21 visiting professorship at Université Grenoble Alpes, France in 2018.
His work has led to over 27 families of patented applications and over 130 peer-reviewed book chapters, scientific papers, and authoritative reviews, as well as several monographs.

Piezoelectric Sensors Based on Cellulose Nanocrystals

03:22 PM

Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are renewable nanomaterials obtained by strong acid hydrolysis of biomass. CNC surface charge and properties can be manipulated and controlled during the hydrolysis process, whereby a tunable measure of surface charge and active moieties can be engineered. The electric dipole moment of CNCs has been measured using transient electric birefringence, with a reported 4400 ± 400 D magnitude permanent dipole along the CNC long axis. Many natural materials, including wood, show piezoelectric properties by virtue of the non-centrosymmetric orientation of their molecular components. However, we will show how CNCs – unlike other natural materials – have unique, tunable, and long-lasting piezoelectric response, alone or in combination with other polymeric materials.
It was discovered that the piezoelectric response of CNC films strongly depended on the surface properties of CNCs and the ionic strength of the CNC dispersion. An increase in |d33| from 0.4 to 5.5 pC N-1 was observed by converting CNCs from Na-form to H-form, and this value was further improved to 82.6 pC N-1 by controlling the ionic strength of the CNC suspensions before evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA). This d33 value was higher than that typically observed for PVDF, the most widely used piezoelectric polymer material, as well as PZT-polymer composites, and some piezoelectric ceramics, e.g., BiFeO3.
The presentation will detail the mechanisms responsible for these unique responses governed by controllably manipulating CNC surface characteristics, and how this knowledge can be applied to develop sustainable, cost-effective organic electronic materials for a variety of end-use engineering and biomedical applications.

Wadood Y. Hamad has expertise in materials science and nanotechnology and is currently Research Manager of the Transformation and Interfaces Group within the Bioproducts Innovation Centre of Excellence at FPInnovations. Also Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia since 2012, Dr Hamad has sought to provide a vision for advancing high-level R&D. His focus is on eco-sustainable design and the application of an inter-disciplinary scientific approach spanning the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology to develop useful bio-inspired materials and structures for engineering and medical applications. A pioneer in the research and development of renewable, nontoxic nanomaterials, particularly his ground-breaking research on the structure-property-process interrelations of cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) processing. Dr Hamad was granted the Distinguished Nanoscientist Award and FiberLean Industries Prize by the Nanotechnology Division of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, TAPPI (USA) in June 2018. Wadood was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy (UK) in 2017. He is the recipient of other honours and awards, notably the Tech21 visiting professorship at Université Grenoble Alpes, France in 2018.
His work has led to over 27 families of patented applications and over 130 peer-reviewed book chapters, scientific papers, and authoritative reviews, as well as several monographs.

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17 May 2022