“Emerging Printed Electronics Research Infrastructure:
An overview to enable free-of-charge access to world-class infrastructure”
Emerging Printed Electronics Research Infrastructure (EMERGE) is an EC funded action coordinated by UNINOVA (Portugal) aiming to establish the first integrated, distributed research infrastructure supporting comprehensive user projects for multi-and-trans-disciplinary research on sustainable flexible large-area printed electronics and photonics (FLAPEP). It seeks to involve the entire FLAPEP value chain, going from materials formulation to design and architecture of processes, devices and systems, backed up by characterization, modelling and simulation tools, through a coordinated open-access for RTOs, industry and SMEs to complementary facilities. This is a route for creating added value and road mapping the introduction of new, recyclable electronics products at “Half-the-time/ Half-the-cost” to establish a sustainable prosperity, as required by today’s science and technology challenges and ESFRI landscape analysis.
Within EMERGE, users working with materials such as paper, textiles or biocompatible polymers will have access to small-footprint FLAPEP technologies, including industrially compatible hybrid printing processes (roll-to-roll (R2R), functional 3D printing, etc.), accompanied by in-line inspection tools and automatic systems for high throughput inks formulation. EMERGE is also based on networking among partners and stakeholders through advocacy and dissemination, contributing to a sustainable community aligned with the Green Deal initiative.
The workshop pretends to show to potential users of the infrastructure, from academic to industrial partners present at TCM2022 conference, the different installations available within Europe to develop their projects in sustainable FLAPEP-related topics, including modelling/simulation, material synthesis, prototype fabrication and characterization. We will also drive interested users through the easy proposal submission workflow through EMERGE website (https://emerge-infrastructure.eu/) for free-of-charge access to our installations.
- Welcome and overview of EMERGE Project (5.30pm) – Rodrigo Martins
- Infrastructure 1: Theory: Modelling, simulation, and design of materials, devices and systems (5.45pm) – Pedro Barquinha
- Infrastructure 2: Material synthesis and ink formulation (5.55pm) – Diana Gaspar
- Infrastructure 3: Prototype fabrication (6.05pm) – Luís Pereira
- Infrastructure 4: Characterization of prototypes and demonstrators (6.15pm) – Konstantinos Rogdakis
- Walkthrough: project proposal submission at EMERGE website (6.25pm) – Pedro Barquinha
- Q&A session (6.35pm)
EMERGE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 101008701.
Rodrigo Martins is Full Professor of Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon (FCT-NOVA), Portugal and the running President of the European Academy of Sciences as well as the nominated President of the International Union of Materials Research Societies for the period 2021-2023.
He is member of several boards and associations (Portuguese Academy of Engineering, Portuguese Order of Engineers, EIT KIC Raw Materials).
He founded and is the director of the Centre of Excellence in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Processes of Uninova, and is also director of I3N/CENIMAT.
He is expert in the field of advanced functional materials, nanotechnologies, microelectronics, transparent electronics and paper electronics, with more than 570 papers published in WoK and has editorial and reviewing activity in many Q1 journals.
Rodrigo Martins has been involved in the pioneer European research on amorphous silicon semiconductors and is a pioneer – together with his group – in worldwide activity related to passive and active oxides, the so called transparent electronics and he is one of the inventors of the so-called paper electronics, where paper is exploited not only as a substrate but also as a functional component in active devices.
He got more than 17 international and national prizes and distinctions for his work (e.g.: gold medal of merit and distinction by the Almada Municipality, 2016; Lisbon Energy Live Expo, Innovation prize, 2012 (Solar tiles); European Patent Office Innovation nomination 2016 (paper electronics); Exame Informática Innovation prize 2016 (paper solar cells).
Pedro Barquinha received his PhD in Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences from NOVA University of Lisbon in 2010. He is currently Associate Professor at the Materials Science Department of FCT-NOVA and group leader of Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology at CENIMAT|I3N.
Low-temperature oxide electronics has been his core research area since 2004, including thin film deposition, nanostructure synthesis and their integration in flexible devices such as transistors, circuits and nanogenerators.
This has been achieved through >40 research projects with academia and industry, including an ERC Starting Grant (TREND) and an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (FLETRAD). He co-authored >170 peer-reviewed papers (h-index=52, as September 2022), 3 books and 7 book chapters and since 2020 is an editor at IEEE EDL.
Since 2022 he is a member of the Portuguese Council for Science, Technology and Innovation and also a member of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) council.
Prof. Luís Pereira was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1977. He received the Engineering degree in Materials Science in 2001 and has finished the PhD in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics in 2008 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The PhD work was focused on polycrystalline silicon and high k dielectrics for TFT’s application.
The pos-doc activities were focused on the development of printed inorganic nanostructured materials for chromogenic, electronic and electrochemical devices on paper and plastic substrates. He was involved in the team that demonstrated for the first-time transistors made of oxides with paper acting as gate dielectric. He has authored and co-authored more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of the ISI with more than 10000 citations. He was Professor at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia/Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL) from 2012 to 2020 where he has coordinated and participated in several R&D projects under different funding schemes, including industry direct funding ones. He has been granted in 2015 with a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) on the development of cellulose nanocomposites for paper electronics (New-Fun, project 640598). Recent research interests were on the design and synthesis of 1D, 2D and 3D inorganic and hybrid nanostructures, chiral cellulose nanocomposites, functional micro and nanofibers and its integration on chromogenic, electronic and electrochemical devices.
Nowadays he is member of the board of Portuguese Professional Engineer Association – South Region, Vice-President of the TCM-Net (Transparent Conductive Materials Network), and member of the board of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM), invited Associate Professor at FCT/UNL, and associate researcher at CENIMAT/I3N.
Diana Gaspar is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience on electronics and photonics on nature-based substrates. She has a PhD in Advanced Materials and Processing; whose topic was cellulose-based substrates for applications in electronic devices.
Moreover, she was a researcher in the CENIMAT/i3N and CEMOP, with a focus on materials development and paper electronics. She is the PI of CELLECTIVE, a project funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, that focuses on cellulose nanocrystals and their application in dynamic natural structures with fast actuation responses.
He has more than 15 years research experience in the academic sector working on nanoelectronics, spintronics and optoelectronics. He possesses extensive hands-on experience on emerging low dimensional electronic systems including nanowire transistors, GaAs single spin quantum-bits, as well emerging phenomena in functional oxide and superconductive/ferromagnetic interfaces towards beyond-CMOS technologies. He has served at various academic research positions in high reputation European institutions including the Foundation of Research and Technology in Greece, the Institut Néel CNRS in France and the London centre for Nanotechnology – University College of London in United Kingdom. Dr Konstantinos Rogdakis received his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences and his master’s degree in Microsystems and Nanodevices both from National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2005 and 2006, respectively. He obtained his PhD in Nanoelectronics from Grenoble Institute of Technology in France, in 2009. He is a member of Technical Chamber of Greece. He is currently a Researcher (Grade C) in the i-EMERGE Research Center of HMU and the Team Leader of Innovative Printed Electronics at the Nanomaterials for Emerging Devices research group. His current research interests include 2D materials engineering in various printed device concepts including high performing solar cells, functional sensors and thin film memristors/transistors for neuromorphic computing towards energy efficient Internet of Things and wearables.