22 September 2009

Meeting future manufacturing needs with laser-materials innovations at the micro- and nano level

  • Sector: micro:nano group
  • Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX
  • Attendees: All Welcome




About this workshop:

Laser technology is vitally important in the micro and emerging nano-engineering fields, providing high-resolution, accuracy, speed and flexibility; in particular, its utilisation in the engineering of micro features is key to the technical and commercial success of many mass-produced components ranging from photovoltaic cells and panels, inkjet print heads and flat panel displays, to MEMS components, circuit fabrication and micro-hole drilling.

In this annual workshop, industrial users of laser processing technology, suppliers of laser-based equipment and researchers in new laser technology come together to present their applications. This year’s workshop is run in collaboration with both the newly-formed Photonics and Plastic Electronics Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Nanotechnology KTN and seeks to bring together researchers and industrialists to review the latest innovations in micro and non-scale laser processing and the opportunities that they create.

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Who should attend:

One of the key features of an AILU workshop is the opportunity it provides for delegates to meet with the presenters and with one another: a comfortable environment, generous lunch and refreshment breaks, a table top exhibition and a clinic service.

The wide scope of this event means that there is something for everyone in the laser user and supplier micro:nano community, from beginners to experts. The workshop nature of the  meeting provides many opportunities for delegates to discover the interests and concerns of others in the community and to establish valuable links.


Chair: Malcolm Gower, Nanophoton Technologies.

08.30 - 09.20 Registration and refreshments

09.20 - 10.50 Session 1

Keynote Presentation:

Micro manufacturing and nano surface functionalization with ultra short pulsed lasers
Arnold Gillner, Fraunhofer ILT, Germany

The use of lasers for fabricating MEMS devices
Andrew Holmes, Imperial College London

Nano-applications in healthcare and life sciences
Bob Stevens, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

10.50 - 11.20 Refreshment break

11.20 - 12.40 Session 2

Ultrafast Laser micro/nano processing research at the NCLA under the Inspire nanoscience platform
Alan Conneely, National Centre for Laser Applications, Ireland

Ultrafast Laser Patterning of OLEDS & Plastic Electronics
Dimitris Karnakis, Oxford Lasers

Laser manufacturing – reducing the time to market for micro-technology products
Nadeem Rizvi, Laser Micromachining

12.40 - 13.40 Lunch and EXHIBITION

13.40 - 14.40 Session 3

Funding opportunities in micro and nano laser processing
Toby Gill, Nanotech KTN

Ultrafast fibre lasers for materials processing
John Clowes, Fianium

Micromachining with nanosecond pulsed fibre lasers
Jack Gabzdyl, SPI Laser

The Laser Micromachining of Sapphire and Diamond
Neil Sykes, Micronanics

14.40 - 1500 Refreshment break

15.10 - 1600 Session 4

Enhancing laser microprocessing applications with smart control systems
Paul Apte, Rideo Systems

Laser processing systems to meet future manufacturing needs
Alan Boor, Swiss Tec

Use of precision beam positioners in electronics manufacturing
Paul Marsden, Electro Scientific Industries Europe

16.00 - 17.00 TOUR
The Meeting will end with a tour of facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Delegates can choose between (i) the Micro and Nanotechnology Centre of the Central Microstructure Facility and (ii) the Astra-Gemini laser of the Central Laser Facility.

Workshop Information

The workshop will be held in the Pickavance lecture theatre on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site near Didcot, Oxfordshire.

On arrival at the RAL site all delegates should report to the Security Lodge at the main gate. Those arriving by car should first park in the overflow car park (sign posted) near to the Security Lodge. The lecture theatre is only a short walk from the Lodge.

At the lecture theatre you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day, including a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event.

A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs. 

To register for the event AILU members need only give their name by phone or email ( Non members should return a completed registration form. Late registration may be possible, but to guarantee a place the booking must be made by 16 September.

AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.

The exhibition, together with lunch and mid-morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, will take place in an area close to the lecture theatre.

On arrival, park at the Security Lodge at the main gate, obtain a parking permit and then drive through the gate. Temporary parking is available outside the lecture theatre for loading and unloading and there is a visitors car park nearby. Access to the site is available from 07:30 on the day. You can bring your own display stand and backboard; however, you can opt to have a table and backboard provided. 240V mains power will be available.

As part of the mission of the Photonics and Plastic Electronics KTN, AILU Secretary Mike Green will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.

Full address: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0QX.
Air: The nearest airport is Heathrow, 53 miles away.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Didcot Parkway, 10 minutes from the site by taxi.
Car: The site is close to the A34. For full directions by road click here. To view the location using Multimap click here.

The Coseners House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JD Tel: +44 (0)1235 523 198; Fax: +44 (0)1235 534 160;; Web:  Rooms have been held until 21 August at a special rate of
£71 B&B. Please quote ref: 60786.  This hotel is about 6 miles away from the meeting venue.

The Steventon House Hotel, Milton Hill, Steventon, Abingdon, AX13 6AB Tel: +44(0)1235 831223; Fax: +44(0)1235 834689; Web:  This hotel is about 2 miles away from the meeting venue.

The Four Pillars Hotel, Marcham Road, Abingdon OX14 1TZ Tel: 01235 553456 Fax: 01235 554117 Email: Web: This hotel is in Abingdon itself.

The Upper Reaches Hotel, Thames Stree, Abingdon OX14 3JA Tel: +44(0)1235 522536; Fax: +44(0)1235 555182; Email: Web:


Two tours are being offered for delegates to choose from:
The Micro and Nanotechnology Centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus provides open access services and develops underpinning processes which serve the needs of STFC Facilities and Futures Programme (Healthcare, Energy, Environment and Defense and Security). The tour will include: Nanofibre synthesis by electro-spinning, Electron Beam Lithography, wafer scale metrology, the UK’s National Micro and Nanotechnology prototyping service (run by Qudos Technology Limited) and the UK’s BondCentre for wafer to wafer bonding (run by Applied Microengineering Limited).

The Astra-Gemini laser facility is based in the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. At its heart is a state-of-the-art dual beam high brightness peta Watt laser system with the capability of providing literally astronomical focused intensities (perhaps 10,000 the intensity at the centre of the sun). The system generates 15 J, 30 fs pulse duration pulses on target in each of two 800 nm laser beams with near diffraction-limited beam quality, providing a total peak power of 1 PW. The facility presents many state-of-theart features both in short pulse generation, amplification and control and in the diagnostics associated with the extreme plasma effects that are created by the focused beams.

Registration Fees

* AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 142 plus VAT
* Non members: GBP 175 plus VAT
* Concessions: GBP 65 incl VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 40 incl VAT (full time students)
* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting organisation member): GBP 135 plus VAT
* Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 175 plus VAT
* Exhibitor/delegate discount: GBP 50 plus VAT

Fee includes a delegate pack.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

To book (we will invoice, send no money) e-mail:

For more information please contact us.

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.

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