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Assoc. Prof. Ing. Tomáš Syrový, (Ph.D.):

Just a few months ago; Tomas became an Associate Professor.   Congrats!!!

Since 2006, Dr. Syrový has been a Senior Researcher at the Department of Graphic Arts and Photo physics at the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic.

From 2009 is leader of a research group working on material Printing/Coating Technologies.

Since 2010, he has been the Deputy Manager of the Department of Graphics Arts and Photo physics.   His research is focused on of various topics of printed/coated electronics (Sensors, RFID, Displays –(ECD, LEC), Accumulators, Smart labels, etc.), functional layers/structures (antistatic, antibacterial, luminescent, photochromic, etc.).

The core of his activities in projects is the development of ink formulations, and the technology of preparing functional layers/structures, including upscaling and transfer to industry.

Mr. Gregoire Staelens:

Gregoire is working as a Scientist in the R&D department of Genes’ Ink.

The company is offering innovative solution for Printed electronic market, including OPV, OLED displays and IoT (sensors, RFID).

4 years at Genes’ Ink working in ink formulation, printing process development (Screen printing, Ink Jet and Flexo, Spray) and curing process.

One of his key achievement is the development of the first curing free silver nano ink for screen printing.

Julie Ferrigno, PhD, Eng.

She is an R&D engineer at GGI Solutions, Montreal, Canada, where she is

specialized in the design, conception and manufacturing of emerging printed electronics products.

Over the past few years, she has focused her activities in advanced manufacturing for the very fine line screen printing process and has worked in collaboration with the NRCC (National Research Council of Canada) to aid in developing a new conductive ink dedicated to micron and submicron printing technology.

She has a PhD in Electronics (Failure Analysis of Digital Integrated Circuits, 2008) from CNES, Toulouse, France and an Engineering Degree in Physics (2005) from INSA Toulouse, France.

John Hannafin

John Hannafin is currently Global Product Manager at Sun Chemical.

Formerly CEO of NanoMas Technology, a high performance nanosilverparticle
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.

Mr. HungMing Chang

Hung Ming Chang received a BA (1999) degree from Taipei Medical University and a BA (2005) degree from California State University.

In 2006, he started work as a Business Development Manager with a Taiwanese inks and pastes manufacturer, focusing on production of base and precious metal inks for the MLCC market. Using his medical background, he also developed a new market for Carbon and Silver inks in Biosensor applications.

In 2017, he joined Haydale, establishing its presence in Taiwan and setting up a new ink and paste production facility.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunter Hübner:

Since 1999 Prof. Hübner teaches at the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart

Media University “Hochschule der Medien” (HdM) in Stuttgart, Germany.

From 2004 until 2014 he was the leader of the HdM study program “Print and Media Technology”. Besides the entire printing technologies and printing processes his specialties in teaching are digital, screen and functional printing.

In 2006 the Institute for Applied Research (Institut für angewandte Forschung –IAF) was founded at the HdM. He took over the leadership of the IAF, which is an umbrella organization over meanwhile, about 30 research groups within the HdM.   His own research group is called “Institute for Innovative Applications of the Printing Technologies” (IAD) and mainly deals with functional and specialty printing. Recent successful developments are printed antennae for automotive applications, screen-printing of rechargeable batteries and resistive or capacitive sensors.

Before joining the HdM he worked for about 11 years with the companies AGFA Gevaert AG and DuPont de Nemours as a research and process engineer.

Prof. Tim Claypole

Prof. Tim C. Claypole, MBE, Phd, BSc (Hons), C. Eng, F.I.Mech.E., M.I.E.T. Tim Claypole is a founder and director of the WCPC (Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University). He is a faculty member of the College of Engineering, Swansea University. His areas of research include colour control, manufacturing systems, quality, maintenance, reliability experimental design, fluid mechanics and process thermodynamics. He is a British Expert on ISO TC130 on standards for the graphic arts. As well as graphics and packaging, he has internationally leading research on the use of volume printing processes for advanced manufacture of a diverse range of products including electronics, sensors and point of care health. Tim led the ERDF funded DIPLE project won the 2009 Regiostars award for “Research, Technology Development and Innovation”, reflecting the successful transfer of the research into industry. He was awarded an MBE for his services to graphic arts and industry in the 2010 Queens New Years Honours. His contribution to the printing industry has been recognised by the industry with the TAGA Michael Bruno award in 2008 and in 2009 an EFTA special award for outstanding contribution to flexographic printing. The EPSRC, Government and Industry have funded his research that has led to over 170 publications on printing and related topics. He recently finished a prestigious EPSRC Portfolio Grant in “Complex Fluids for Complex flows”, these are only awarded to World leading research groups. He is a co-investigator on the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture of Large Area Electronics. This major UK award for research is held by the WCPC jointly with the other 3 UK Centres of excellence in Printable Electronics – Cambridge University, Imperial College London and Manchester University.

Mr Owen Price

He is the Global Sales Manager for Squeegee blades for Screen Printing at Watts Urethane Products.

He has worked and built up his knowledge of the Screen Printing Industry over the last two and a half years whilst also becoming a professional within the Manufacturing of Polyurethane products and the fundamentals of Polyurethane Chemistry. Helping brand within the industry whilst contributing my critical opinion on new developments identified to fit into the ever-changing market.

Owen is a Graduate of Swansea University where he studied History.

Mr. Richard Stewart:

Richard (Rich) Stewart was born in Dundee, Scotland but grew up and was schooled in the London area.   After attending University in London he started his career as a buyer with a construction company in the mid 1980’s.

Following a number of years in purchasing and supply chain roles in the Construction and Engineering industries he joined ASM (then DEK Printing Machines) in 1999.   After a number of roles  in purchasing and commercial roles he moved to DEK’s Engineered Products (EP) business in 2009 as Operations Manager for the Screens business in Weymouth, UK.

Since 2009 his role has grown to incorporate Management of the Stencils and Tooling businesses with sites across Europe, Asia and the USA.   He is still involved in the Screens business on a daily basis.   Rich firmly believes that emerging technologies mean Screen Printing is key to the core ASM vision of “enabling the digital world”.

Ms. Kirsty Denning

Kirsty has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Plymouth.

She started to work for with ASM as a General Team Leader for the Engineered Products department. After two years I progressed into the role of Managing the Screens Department day to day production.

Managing the Screens Department I have developed a keen interest in Continuous Improvement and Process Development, leading me to earn my Six Sigma Black Belt qualification.

Kirsty has recently visited the OIH Lab of Asada Mesh where she received training in Emulsion Technology and Trampoline Screen Manufacturing Techniques. She has been a key person in the 20 / 20 Project.

Mr. Toru Matsumoto:

Mr. Matsumoto joined Asada Mesh in 2007.

One of the first members of the R&D Department who also lead the establishment of Open Innovation Hub (OIH).

He has been working on re-evaluating the basic data of Screen Printing from Screen Making to Screen Printing.   This year, he has conducted multiple experiments in the Emulsion Technology which has resulted in the discovery of several materials being able to open 20 micron features.

He is the main person who guides visitors through the OIH, Lab.

Supports also the Sales Team with technical inquiries.

Ph.D. -Mr. Yi Zhang:

Yi Zhang received the B.Sc. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

He is Research Scientist and Project Leader at Heraeus Photovoltaics, West Conshohocken, US, where he works on metallization paste development, screen printing and paste rheological properties.

Currently, he is doing research on the different posible methods of Double Printing for conventional Solar Cells.