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On-Site Masterclasses & Company Tours

There will be three parallel tracks of industry-led masterclasses on 22 October 2024, the day before the conference. Each 45-min masterclass will cover a technology or application in detail, offering an insightful blend of practical, technological and application knowledge.  These masterclasses will be delivered by industry experts & may involve live demonstrations.

 

The content below describes the outline of the classes. Please note that you will be able to move between tracks at the end of each class.  The numbers in each class are limited to 50, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. PDFs of all masterclass presentations will be made available online to masterclass attendees.

Contact Chris@TechBlick.com if you have any queries.

All MCs
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Track 2
Track 3
Start Time
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Masterclasses | Track 1
Start Time
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Masterclasses | Track 2

9:00 AM

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Saeed Madadi

Celanese

Polymer Thick Film Master Class

This class introduces a detailed view on polymer thick film paste conductor technology. It comprises a descriptions of its main constituents, their respective functions and its critical parameters. An insight into resin and metal powder technology is given and the range of substrate materials and their properties discussed. Paste manufacturing steps and functional testing schemes for quality
assurance are summarized. Beyond screen printing alternative off- and on-contact deposition technologies as well as downstream processes are reviewed. The class closes with an overview of typical industrial applications.

10:00 AM

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Mahmoud Tavakoli

University of Coimbra

From Liquid Metal droplets to stretchable, self-healing, and sinter-free printed hybrid electronics

When it comes to stretchable electronics, e-textile, smart gloves, and wearable patches, Liquid Metals (LMs) are becoming the number one choice for most researchers. But research on LMs are also entering fields of energy storage, thermal interfaces, displays, energy harvesting, and even carbon capture. This is due to the excellent combination of electrical and thermal conductivity and fluidic deformability, that makes liquid metals the first choice for many applications. However, unlike the electrically conductive inks and pastes, LMs are not easy to deposit and pattern, they are smearing, and interfacing them with microchips is not straight forward. The good news is that these problems are being addresses rapidly, and there are already some steps toward commercialization of LM based electronics.

In this master class I will summarize the research on liquid metals during the last 15 years, and will demonstrate various aspects of liquid metals. The talk will be divided into 3 sections: Materials (Liquid Metals, LM composites, LM micro and Nano droplets), Fabrication Techniques (Deposition, Patterning and Microchip Interfacing) and Applications. I will talk about the results of electromechanical testing, and durability of circuits when subjects to over 100, 000 strain cycles. I will as well talk about the applications in the space of smart textiles, wearable patches, additive manufacturing, and mechanical sensing, and how some of the top manufacturers (e.g. in automotive sector) are already adopting solutions. If time permits, I will briefly talk about how LMs are entering the energy storage field, both as current collectors, and as active electrodes.

11:00 AM

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Jesper Edberg

RISE

The Role of Bio-based Materials and Additive Manufacturing in Achieving Sustainability Goals for Electronics

Electronic waste (e-waste) poses a pressing global challenge with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting a staggering annual generation that exceeds 50 million tonnes. Less than 20% of this waste is recycled, highlighting severe environmental and health risks associated with the disposal of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and flame retardants. This challenge is further compounded by the overreliance of the global economy on rare earth elements and critical raw materials. Addressing this crisis requires a concerted effort to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), which emphasizes reducing waste generation and promoting sustainable practices. Achieving this goal requires a paradigm shift in the electronics industry. Our course delves into the urgent need for sustainable materials and manufacturing methods within electronics. We explore alternatives to synthetic, often non-sustainable materials like PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) which persist in the environment and harm ecosystems. - Enter biobased materials—nature-inspired alternatives: Derived from renewable sources like trees, plants and algae, these materials offer a greener path. We’ll explore their properties, applications, and potential to revolutionize electronic design. - Additive Manufacturing and Printed Electronics: Create intricate electronic components layer by layer, minimizing waste and energy consumption for thin flexible solar panels, printed circuit boards, sensors, displays and more. We explore how these innovative techniques can reduce environmental impact. Join us on this journey toward sustainable electronics. Let’s design a future where innovation meets responsibility.

12:00 AM

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Aviv Ronen

Beckermus Technologies

Interconnect technologies for flexible hybrid stretchable electronics: from conductive adhesives to low-T solder

9:00 AM

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Arkema

Haptics

10:00 AM

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VTT

Roll-to-Roll Printed Flexible Hybrid Electronics: Technology, Art, and Practice

11:00 AM

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Neil Chilton

Printed Electronics Ltd

Digital Additive Manufacturing of Electronics: Inkjet, Aerosol, EHD Printing, Microdispensing and Beyond

In this masterclass, you will learn about all key digital additive techniques for manufacturing electronic devices - in 2D, 2.5D, and 3D. These techniques include inkjet printing, aerosol printing, electrohydrodynamic printing, microdispensing, and beyond. This class introduces the techniques and include practical insights and real-life application orientated advice on technology use, selection and operation

12:00 AM

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Jochen Christiaens

ImageXpert

Techniques for optimizing an inkjet printing process for printed electronics

In this masterclass, ImageXpert will discuss new technologies for the development of printed electronics. These tools allow you to build a better understanding of your inkjet process, improve performance, and accelerate your rate of development. We will explore the latest analysis tools, from new dropwatching technologies to smarter inspection tools."

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Masterclasses | Track 3

9:00 AM

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VTT

Hakola Liisa

Opportunities for improving sustainability and circularity for electronics

The EU is proposing a Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products (ESPR) that sets requirements for all products in the EU market to become more sustainable, circular, energy-efficient, and environmentally compatible. The EU has specified electronics and ICT sector as one of the priority sectors that the ESPR will regulate. The current electronics industry causes significant direct and indirect environmental impacts, such as the formation of electric and electronic waste (e-waste), great demand for critical raw materials (CRMs), and high energy consumption during manufacturing. Therefore, actions are required to meet the requirements from the upcoming regulation. The electronics industry has several opportunities to increase its sustainability and circularity. These include among others (1) shifting from fossil-based, critical and rare materials to renewable, bio-based and abundant materials; (2) utilization of additive manufacturing processes that offer material and energy efficiency; and (3) utilization of circular economy business models for extending product use life with e.g. reuse, repair and recycle concepts. Since typically 80% of the environmental impacts are determined during the design phase, the product design is a critical stage when targeting more sustainable products that must balance between cost, performance, and sustainability aspects. This masterclass specifies sustainability (environmental, social, economic) and circularity for electronics industry, covers areas with opportunity for more sustainable approach, highlights means to improve environmental sustainability (green electronics), and discusses the relevant regulatory aspects.

10:00 AM

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ScreenTec

Mikko Paakkolanvaara

Wearable Sensors: Applications, Technical Requirements, and Manufacturing

In this masterclass I will go through the basics of different kind of wearable sensors and typical applications used in the field of medical electrodes. Technical requirements and properties of the materials typically used for wearable sensors will be presented together with the cost distribution of materials on disposable medical electrodes. I will also talk about the sustainability aspect of materials used as well as manufacturing possibilities for different kind of sensors.

11:00 AM

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Elitac Wearables

Guus De Hoog

Integration of Electronics in Textiles and Wearables: Technologies, Applications and Insights

12:00 AM

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TNO Holst

Stephan Harkema

InMold and Structural Electronics: Technologies, Applications, and Practical Insights

All Tours

Company Tours & Masterclasses

These tours are open to attendees on the morning masterclasses. You need to register for the tour of your choice and numbers on the tours are limited as indicated below.  Please email your choice of tour to Chris@TechBlick.com   

 

The tours will leave at 1.30pm and attendees should meet at the registration desk.  Transportation will be provided and the tours are expected to return to the Estrel by 6.00pm.

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Tour 2
Tour 3
Tour 4
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Digital Printing of high viscosity pastes

Quantica

Quantica is an advanced additive manufacturing company headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Their groundbreaking inkjet-based technology, NovoJet, transforms production by enabling the digital deposition of high-viscosity and high particle-load materials. With their advanced systems, users can print and combine new materials seamlessly in a single process for 2D and 3D application development. From car coatings to printed electronics to hearing aids, Quantica's technology offers an innovative new solution.

On this tour, attendees will gain insight into the research and development behind Quantica's printheads and systems. Additionally, they'll have the opportunity to witness a live printing demonstration, showcasing the technology firsthand.

www.quantica3d.com

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Fraunhofer IZM

Conformal & Stretchable Electronics and E-Textiles

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This tour is limited to 30 people, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Fraunhofer IZM is a 45 minute drive from Estrel Congress Center, transportation will be provided. 

 

As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IZM specializes in applied and industrial contract research. Fraunhofer IZM’s focus is on packaging technology and the integration of multifunctional electronics into systems. Fraunhofer IZM was founded in 1993 and is today one of the global leaders in microelectronics and microsystems packaging. The focus lies mainly on material, process and substrate development, characterization and simulation, advanced system engineering, assembly and interconnection technologies and environmental engineering. Fraunhofer IZM is employing about 438 employees and graduate students with its main branch in Berlin. Together with its partner institute at the TU Berlin it is running a ~1000m2 clean room of with full thin film and packaging capabilities from 4” to 12” wafers.

Fraunhofer IZM and specifically the department “System Integration and Interconnection Technologies” with the group “System on Flex” is specialized in the integration of electronics in and on flexible and stretchable substrates – including textiles. The focus will be on optimized integration technologies for garments. Fraunhofer IZM has a unique prototyping infrastructure for electronic textiles and has been developing successfully technologies for the reliable integration of electronics into textiles.

Participants will be guided through our textile labs (textile technologies and textile specific interconnection technologies), our substrate line and our mechanical testing lab.

www.izm.fraunhofer.de/

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PVComB + Helmholz Zentrum

Photovoltaics

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This tour is limited to 40 people, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Helmholtz Innovation Lab is a 20 minute drive from Estrel Congress Center, transportation will be provided. 

 

The Helmholtz Innovation Lab HySPRINT offers a unique infrastructure for fabrication, development, and characterization of metal halide perovskite materials and solar cell devices in the high-tech campus Berlin Adlershof. This infrastructure is used to develop world leading perovskite single junctions, mini modules and perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells. It includes several wet chemical and vacuum based deposition methods integrated into inert condition operating glove-boxes. The tour will be guided through these laboratories and specific fabrication methods will be presented together with highlighting how these solar cells are characterized in terms of performance

www.helmholtz-berlin.de/projects/hysprint/

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IRIS Adlershof + Synchrotron Lightsource BESSY II

Material development for inkjet printing

This tour is limited to 40 people, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  IRIS Adlershof  is a 15 minute drive from Estrel Congress Center, transportation will be provided

Research at the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS) Adlershof of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin explores novel hybrid materials and functional systems with so far inaccessible optical, electronic, mechanical and chemical properties. This research is connected to fundamental studies of structure and dynamics of matter on extreme length and time scales and in complex systems.

IRIS Adlershof is located in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art research building in the immediate vicinity of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Departments of Physics and Chemistry and of numerous other innovative institutes and companies. You will visit the building and its lab facilities and gain insight into ongoing research and development of hybrid systems for electronics, optoelectronics and photonics.

www.iris-adlershof.de

BESSY II, the synchrotron radiation facility in Berlin, Germany, offers a broad variety of research options for the international scientific community free of charge. From photovoltaics, chemical energy conversion, batteries to quantum materials, information technology materials, biology, cultural heritage and medical research we provide infrastructure for your scientific projects.

Although BESSY II is dedicated to soft X-ray regime, experiments using infrared radiation on the low energy side and tender or even hard X-rays on the other are feasible.

The instrument portfolio allows a multitude of methods like photoemission, photoabsorption, scattering and diffraction methods, microscopies or imaging.

BESSY II is a key enabler for developing solutions to the grand global challenges societies are facing, namely the progressing climate crisis, and the urgent need for sustainable, carbon-neutral energy. However, global problems have to be addressed globally; with international knowledge exchange, “brain-circulation”, and cooperation we can contribute to tackling global problems.

During the tour, you will get an overview over the scientific possibilities at BESSY II, learn about some science highlights, and become familiar with the world of large scale research infrastructures and their contribution to science diplomacy.

Website: BESSY II Light Source

To attend this tour you will need to supply your name, organisation and also date of birth.  This is required for radiation protection.  In general visitors have to be 18 years old or older. Pregnant women are not allowed to go into the experimental hall (radiation protection).

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