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Functional Printing Research and Innovation


Functional Printing Research and Innovation:

Creating new opportunities for Australian manufacturing

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre, Clarendon Room A and B

Time: from 6:00 pm

Functional Printing is set to fundamentally alter the very nature of our lives; manufacturing electronic devices and systems at extremely low cost using conventional printers. With declining traditional manufacturing capability, Australia urgently needs to explore alternative low cost manufacturing opportunities; the development of inexpensive printable polymer solar cells is one such opportunity. Traditionally we think of solar cells as large heavy glass panels sitting on roofs in bright sunlight. By contrast, polymer solar cells can be thought of as a plastic laminate that can be integrated onto every surface imaginable, generating electricity to drive a wide variety of devices from cell phones to houses using light from any source.  Indeed, transparent plastic solar laminates could even be used on light shades to “recycle electricity”.

Like many organic electronic devices, the layered structure of polymer solar cells makes them ideal for manufacture by reel-to-reel printing, opening up new opportunities for printing, engineering or packaging companies, either small or large. 

This seminar will highlight recent developments in low cost printable solar cell technology and present insights from experts into the manufacture and commercialisation of this exciting technology.

Speakers will include:

Paul Dastoor: (Left)

Paul is Professor of Physics, Director of the Centre of Organic Electronics at the University of Newcastle and solar cell Project Leader in the CRC for Polymers.  He has been developing polymer solar cells for over 18 years and has now created the largest reel-to-reel printing facility for device fabrication in Australia.

David Officer: (Right)

David is Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong.  He is the Polymer Solar Cell Program leader in the CRC for Polymers and has been producing materials for dye sensitised solar cells for more than 10 years.

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