13 May 2009

Laser Processing for Plastic Electronics

  • Sector: Welding and Cutting with lasers
  • Location: Milton Hill House, Abingdon, Oxon
  • Attendees: All invited

Plastic Electronics is the general term used to describe a revolutionary new industry. An industry where high volume, low cost production techniques will offer electronic circuits and devices with radically different price, performance and functionality than currently seen today.

As the Plastic Electronics industry develops and the emphasis swings from R+D in the laboratory to the manufacturing of products and devices, value added processes such as those provided by the laser become increasingly important. Application of the appropriate laser process can lead to significant enhancements in resolution and yield.

Lasers deliver their energy with a unique directional precision. So the exact spot to be machined is easily targeted with little or no "spill over" to the surrounding material and moreover heating of the surrounding material is minimal which is critical for devices built on flexible substrates. Laser micromachining is non-contact, so the tip of the tool does not wear out or become blunt or indeed touch the material at all. Because laser light can be focussed or used to form images of very small dimensions (typically down to 1-2 microns) high-resolution patterning is possible. By choosing the correct combination of wavelength and pulse width it is possible to machine or pattern a very wide range of materials and indeed critical to the Plastic Electronics industry selectively remove or pattern one material over another without interaction with other sensitive thin film layers that may be critical to the function of the device.

This seminar provides the opportunity for companies and academics working in the Plastic/Printed Electronics arena to hear first hand the plethora of processes and applications that are enabled by laser processing techniques.

If your product or device manufacture requires the application of techniques that are selective, low temperature, high-throughput, accurate and repeatable, then join us at this seminar and find out more!


Milton Hill House, Milton Hill, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 6AF is a charming Georgian Mansion House set in 52 acres of peaceful parkland in Oxfordshire, situated off the A34 and easily accessible from the M4 and M40 motorways.


KEYNOTE: Professor Tom Lippert, Paul Sherrer Institute, Switzerland
Dimitris Karnakis, Oxford Lasers;
Adam Brunton, M-Solv;
Mary O’Neil, University of Hull;
Walter Perrie, University of Liverpool;
Johan de Baets, IMEC Centre for Microsystems Technology;
Mike Osbourne, Optek
Mike Green, Association of Laser Users.


09:50 Registration & Coffee

10:30 Welcome & Introduction

10:40 LIFT + OLEDS – Prof Tom Lippert, Paul Sherrer Institute, Switzerland

11:20 Psec Ablation for Flexible OLED Lighting – Dimitris Karnakis, Oxford Lasers

11:45 Thin Film and Flexible Solar – Adam Brunton, M-Solv

12:10 Photoinduced Surface Structures in Semiconducting Liquid Crystals – Mary O’Neil, University of Hull

12:30 Lunch & Networking

13:45 Parallel Laser Processing with Spatial Light Modulators – Walter Perrie, University of Liverpool

14:10 The Use of Laser Ablation in Embedded Components Technology – Johan de Baets, IMEC Centre for Microsystems Technology

14:35 Refreshment Break

15:05 Embedded Tracks and ORFID – Mike Osborne, Optek

15:30 Current Status of the UK Laser Materials Processing Community – Mike Green, AILU (Association of Industrial Laser Users)

15:55 TBC

16:20 Thanks & Close


On-line registration for this event is via the UK Displays and Lighting website or or call +44(0)1908 276665

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