Advancing Plastic Electronics with Nanotechnology 

22nd February 2012, PETEC, NETPark, Sedgefield 


Nanotechnology works hand in hand with the development of plastic electronics, the following examples give an idea of the ways collaborative interdisciplinary efforts can provide solutions to challenges and to overcome barriers in further developing of novel electronic products and devices. 

 Barrier Layers: Devices such as flexible OLED displays, lighting modules and organic solar cells are sensitive to oxygen and moisture which compromises device lifetime significantly. Development of cost effective, high quality barrier layers is key to the commercialisation of many of these new products and devices. Nanotechnology is able to help “plug the gaps” and provide barrier films with exceptional integrity.  

Sensor Technologies: Printed sensors and actuators are showing very promising signs of rapid improvement. 

 Conductive Inks and ITO Replacements – soln: nano-particles, nano-wires and nano-lines: A large variety of different conductive inks are now available. 

The inks were differentiated on the basis of their application, conductivity and price. Conductive inks offering high levels of optical transparency are also becoming a viable ITO replacement option.  

The Event 

Advances in nanotechnology are moving hand in hand with applications for plastic electronics. There is a growing list of examples that help realise electronics based on novel material formulations and processes, used in a wide range of applications, making new devices and performance improvements possible. 

This workshop will highlight some of the issues facing plastic electronics and illustrate how some of the advances of Nanotechnologies are being employed to make plastic electronics more viable. 


10.00  Registration, Refreshments & Exhibition 

10.30 Welcome - Dr Alec Reader, Director, NanoKTN 

10.40 Addressing the Material Challenges in Scaling up the Optoelectronics Technology Platforms - Mike Clausen, Programme Manager, CPI 

11.10 Approaches Towards Economic Ultra-barrier Flexible Substrates - Alf Smith, Vacuum Coating Group Manager, CPI 

11.40 Quantum Tunnelling Composites (QTCs) in Printable Electronics - David Lussey, CTO, Peratech Limited 

12.10 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition 

13.10 Introduction to CPI's New Integrated Smart Systems Line for Printed Electronics applications - Bela Green, CPI 

13.40 Nanometal Conductive inks for Printed Electronics - Dr Paul Reip, Director for Government and Strategic Programmes, Intrinsiq Materials  

14.10 Optically Thin Metal Films: A Viable Alternative to Metal Oxide Electrodes for Organic Optoelectronics - Dr Ross Hatton, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Warwick & Director, Molecular Solar Ltd   

14.40 Discussion Session: How can Nanotechnology help Plastic Electronics ?

15.10 Break, Networking & Exhibition 

15.40 Discussion Session continued 

16.00 Discussion Summary & Closing Comments 

16.10 External Tour of PETEC Facilities 


A small table-top exhibition will run throughout the day in the breakout area for companies to show-case their products and services. 

Exhibitor Package – only £100 +VAT 

• 1 delegate pass 

• Space for 2 banner stands 

• Table for literature and/or product demonstration 

• A4 delegate pack insert 

• Logo & 50-word Profile on website 


A discounted rate of £50 +VAT will be charged to members of the NanoKTN* and JEMI. The standard cost is £70 +VAT for non-members.  

Organisations and individuals wishing to attend should email a completed registration form to:  

* Membership to the NanoKTN is free of charge, register at


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