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Vahid Akhavan

Vahid Akhavan, Ph.D, Global Applications Engineering Lead at Novacentrix

Dr. Vahid Akhavan is the global applications engineering lead at Novacentrix, based in Austin, TX. He received his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Dr. Brian Korgel. He joined NovaCentrix after graduation, where he has numerous peer-reviewed publications and several patent applications.

Conductive Silver Inks and Non-Equilibrium Processing to Achieve Optimized
Performance on Temperature Sensitive Substrates

Roy W. Bjorlin

Roy W. Bjorlin, Commercial and Strategic Initiatives Director, Sun Chemical, Advanced Materials Group

Roy Bjorlin is an experienced executive and business unit leader with 25 years’ experience identifying strategic market and application opportunities in electronic materials and printed electronics. Her has executed a range of market opportunities by leading the technical development and commercialization of cutting edge technologies ranging from semiconductor packaging space to photovoltaics, with a recent focus on advancing the use of printed electronics in a range of consumer packages for advertising, enhancing the consumer experience and in other smart packaging applications including printed sensors for IoT.

Panel Discussion: Electronic Packaging for Consumer Brands

George Fuchs

George Fuchs, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technology for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers

George Fuchs has worked in the safety, health and environmental and various technical fields for more than 25 years. He began his career with the Allied Chemical Corp. in 1977, joined Pennwalt Corp. in 1988, and EniChem America (A division of the European chemical conglomerate – AGIP) in 1991. In 1993, Fuchs joined the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), where he is director of regulatory affairs and technology.

Managing Health and Safety Issues Associated with Engineered Nanomaterials

Rachel Ma

Dr. Rachel Ma, Assistant Professor, Department of Graphic Communication, Cal Poly

Dr. Ruoxi Ma received her Ph.D. degree from Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Western Michigan University. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Graphic Communication at Cal Poly. Her research interests include the development of biodegradable packaging materials, inks and substrates interactions and the applications of printed electronics on smart packaging.

Printed Electronics 101: The Applications of Printed Electronics in Smart Packaging

Liam O’Hara

Liam O’Hara, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Communications, Clemson University

Liam O’Hara is an associate professor for the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson University, where he currently teaches courses on inks and substrates, print metrics, color management, and supervises undergraduate research projects. He has been actively involved in research in roll-to-roll printed electronics applications for several years. He currently serves as president to the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA).

Printed Electronics and Functional Printing: Research at Clemson

David Savastano

David Savastano, Editor, Ink World and Printed Electronics Now

David Savastano is editor of Ink World Magazine and Printed Electronics Now. He has been with Rodman Media for more than 20 years. He is a frequent industry speaker and has appeared in a variety of allied and printing publications.

Conductive and Electronic Inks – Driving the Flexible Electronics Revolution

Dene H. Taylor, PhD, President, SPF-Inc. and Dan Harrison, PhD, Executive Vice President, IIMAK

For more than three decades Dr. Dene Taylor has been leading development and commercial success of printing products and processes. His involvement with digital printing began as a technical leader and inventor at James River Graphics (later Rexam Graphics). In 2000 he formed Specialty Papers & Films, Inc., (SPF-Inc), a technical consultancy serving the printing, packaging and coating industries, with innovative digital and analog solutions. The challenges of seeing thermal transfer adopted by the printed electronics industry for conductive and multi-layer circuitry and antennas caught his attention in 2016. Consequently SPF-Inc is the preferred global distributor of IIMAK’s Metallograph® flexible electronics thermal transfer product line. He is named on 31 US patents.

Dr. Dan Harrison joined IIMAK in 1998 as Vice President, Technical Operations and was promoted to his current role in 2009. He holds 55 US patents in the field of digital printing and imaging and has developed various new thermal imaging technologies at IIMAK. He has also contributed to IIMAK’s efforts in the development of inks and coatings to expand the IIMAK Inks product offering. Prior to joining IIMAK, Dr. Harrison spent 16 years at Kodak as a pioneer in the field of digital photographic thermal imaging.

High Volume Roll-to-Roll Flexible Hybrid Electronics Production with Thermal Transfer

Ajay Virkar

Ajay Virkar, PhD, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer at C3Nano

Dr. Ajay Virkar completed his BS in chemical & biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois and his PhD under the guidance of Professor Zhenan Bao at Stanford University, where he investigated and improved the performance of thin film conductors and semiconductors. In 2010, Dr. Virkar co-founded and launched C3Nano by winning several prestigious business plan contests including the $200,000 Grand Prize at the MIT Clean Energy Competition and the $50,000 NASA “Game Changer” Technology Award at the Rice Business Plan Competition. He has more than 25 patents (issued or pending) related to materials for next generation and progressive electronics, and has co-authored eleven technical publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Activegrid™: A Flexible Transparent Conductor with Outstanding Optoelectronic Properties