Session 1 – Overview: Graphene, functional materials, applications
10:00 Michael McCreary CEng MCIM, Director, CIR Strategy, Introduction
Mike has been a CIR Consultant since 2004. Mike creates value for CIR clients in the areas of high value manufacturing, particularly in electronics and instrumentation. In 1992, Mike joined Aeroflex (formerly IFR and then Marconi Instruments) as Manufacturing Director. After his role as Manufacturing Director, Mike was appointed as Managing Director in 2000, with a staff numbering 800, the largest manufacturer in Herts.
10:05 Professor Pete Dobson OBE BSc, MA (Oxon), PhD, C Phys, F Inst P, Member of the ACS, Queens College, Oxford University. Conference Chairman
How is the investment in Graphene going to pay off?
The outputs of research on graphene and related materials continue to fill pages of the science literature. There is an impatience amongst politicians and some investors to see financial returns from this in the near future. Is this realistic? This gathering of experts might point to the answer.
After a career as a lecturer in Physics at Imperial College and Senior Principal Scientist at Philips Research laboratories Pete Dobson was appointed to a University Lectureship and College Fellowship at the Queen's College Oxford in 1988 and a Professorship in 1996. At University of Oxford his research moved into the areas of nanoparticles, nanostructures, optoelectronics and biosensors. In 1999 he spun-off a company, now called Oxonica plc, that specialized in making nanoparticles for a wide range of applications, ranging from sunscreens to fuel additive catalysts and bio-labels.
Peter has just finished his stint as the strategic advisor on Nanotechnology to RCUK and he has been formally retired by Oxford University as the Director of the Begbroke Science Park. He continues to advise several universities and organisations on nanotechnology.
10:20 Professor Andrea Ferrari, Head, Cambridge Graphene Centre
Overview of the Applications of Graphene
This short talk from Andrea will discuss the range of possible applications of graphene and some of the technology challenges that the potential new industry faces. It will be of general interest to anyone moving into the field of graphene, particularly those CTOs and technology consultants and strategists briefed to look into graphene opportunities.
Andrea Ferrari is Professor of Nanotechnology and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. He is the Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, Head of the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department and Nanoscience Centre and Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College.
The Cambridge Graphene Centre building is being built and this Cambridge University Research Centre focuses on Graphene, Layered Crystals and Hybrid Nanomaterials. Dr Hermann Hauser and Professor Sir Alec Broers FREng are on its advisory board. The Centre is funded via the EU, EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust, inter alia.
10:40 Dr Patrick Frantz, CEO, Cambridge Graphene Platform
Low Cost Graphene & 2D Layered Material Inks for Printed Electronics
Via proprietary solution processing techniques pioneered at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, Cambridge Graphene Platform develops and produces low-cost printable inks derived from graphene and other 2D layered materials, addressing limitations that have impeded the progress of the plastic electronics industry for decades and representing a crucial step forward in enabling fully flexible electrical components and connecting interfaces.
Cambridge Graphene Platform’s inks are composed of chemically pristine graphene (or other 2D materials), are produced with a scalable production process, require no post-processing and are suitable for many coating techniques.
This presentation will cover the following aspects of Cambridge Graphene Platform’s activities: 1) A brief overview of Cambridge Graphene Platform and related group companies; 2) Potential applications for graphene and 2D layered material inks; 3) Solution processing and scalable ink production process; 4) The current technology status and development roadmap.
J. Patrick Frantz received BA (1995) and MEE (1997) degrees from Rice University and returned to Rice in 1999 to serve as the Executive & Technical Director for the Center for Multimedia Communications. In 2006 he was awarded the Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus award for his efforts in international engineering education. Shortly thereafter, Patrick moved to Japan, working in the semiconductor and display industries (Xilinx, Barco and UniPixel Displays) and receiving an MBA from Temple University Japan in 2011. After spending two more years in Asia as a consultant, Patrick recently moved back to the US to establish Graphene Platform Inc.
10:55 Dr Steve Thomas, Product Engineering Director, Conductive Inkjet Technology Ltd
Conductive materials – uses & market experiences
This talk will explore the efforts of Steve and CIT to bring conductive inks to market and will present a viewpoint of the positioning of graphene and related functional materials in the marketplace.
Steve is a director responsible for product engineering at CIT Ltd, which aims to commercialise inkjet technologies. He has been a research auditor at Cambridge Enterprise and has a BA and PhD in physics from Cambridge. He is an expert in electronics, optronics, inkjet and thin films.
11:10 Panel with Chair, followed by coffee break
Session 2 – Manufacturing – Electronics - Photonics
11:45 Mike Banach, Research Manager, Plastic Logic,
Shaping the next industrial revolution
Plastic Logic is the leader in the field of plastic and flexible electronics having achieved many technological firsts to make this disruptive technology a reality. Two dimensional materials like graphene have great potential to contribute to the next wave of growth in this area.
Mike Banach is the Research Director at Plastic Logic. Mike joined the company in 2003 and was instrumental in developing its flexible display technology platform and scaling the process for high volume manufacture. He now has over 15 years of experience in flexible electronics technology and is responsible for leading the new innovation programs within Plastic Logic. He holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Materials Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
12:00 Dr David Brown, CTO, Canatu
Scaling of Carbon NanoBud film production for commercial applications in touch and display devices
This talk will focus on applications in displays and touch, following the case study of Canatu. It has always been Dr. Brown’s belief that important innovations should be commercialized to the benefit of society and he has avidly promoted the link between basic research and broad commercial application.
Canatu has developed a novel material by hybridizing Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and Fullerenes. Canatu has also invented an inexpensive way to produce and deposit carbon nanomaterials, that enables lower cost, roll-to-roll, manufacture of flexible, transparent components and devices. Using this manufacturing technique, good sheet resistance has been achieved with a high deposit optical transmission, low haze and good color neutrality. Moreover, when deposited on polymer substrates, the films are highly resistant to bending and stretchable up to 100%. The exceptional optoelectrical and mechanical properties of Canatu films are demonstrated in various flat and 3D formed devices.
Dr. Brown is the CTO, Head of Business Development at Canatu (carbon nanomaterial based films for electronics, optics and energy production and storage) and has been a Fulbright Fellow (atmospheric physics) and a founder and former CEO of Canatu, Teicos Pharma (formulation of pharmaceuticals for delivery to the lungs), Particle Stream Technologies Inc. (advanced pharmaceutical powders) and StreamWise and StreamWise Finland Inc. (computer simulation of gas/particle systems).
He has more than 200 scientific articles, 150 granted and pending patents and 100 invited talks on, for instance, thin film electronics, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes and NanoBud®, synthesis and deposition of nanomaterials, drug delivery and nano-formulations, nuclear safety, atmospheric physics and modeling and algorithms for designing and characterizing materials and aerosol processes. He has also worked as an advisor and independent contractor for many important technology players including Honda, Du Pont, Daikin, Kemira, NASA, the Finnish National Research Centre and the Paul Scherrer Institute.
12:15 Dr Richard van Rijn,
Wafer scale production of graphene: opportunities and challenges
Wafer scale production of graphene by CVD methods promises to be a scalable and affordable way of producing graphene with large domain size and high electron mobility. I will highlight several challenges in growth, transfer, and characterization of the graphene that need to be addressed to get to a reliable graphene supply.
Richard van Rijn received his PhD degree in physics from Leiden University working on the development of a reactor system for studies of surface catalysis using x-ray diffraction at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. Currently he is co-founder of Applied Nanolayers, a startup company developing wafer scale graphene production.
12:25 Dr Kate Stone, CEO, Novalia Ltd
Creative printed electronics
This talk by Kate Stone of Novalia, will cover 'interactive print, adding printed touch to paper, sound and a little bit of Bluetooth'.
Born in England, the child of a continent-hopping engineer, Kate Stone was often left to her own devices among some of the world's most disparate cultures. Whether learning to cook rice from Gurkhas or spending time alongside a garage full of car repairmen in Borneo, Kate quickly learned that nontraditional problem-solving was often the very best kind.
At 20, Stone moved to Australia and eventually to the outback, where she was soon herding 22,000 sheep on a 120,000-acre farm. She then returned to England and began her studies in electronics at Salford University, before being recruited to do her PhD work in physics at Cambridge's famed Cavendish Laboratory, where her focus on moving electrons eventually led to the creation of her groundbreaking company, Novalia.
At Novalia, Stone says: "The work of my team and myself is the realization of my childhood fascinations. We put electronics into paper, and paper is all around us." Stone sees herself as a “creative scientist,” blending art and science to create startling fusions of new and old technology. In addition to her work with Novalia, Stone is on the advisory board of Lifeboat, a think tank dedicated to solving the ethical challenges brought about by scientific advances.
12:35 Peter Towler, Director at BritonEMS (OSI Electronics)
What to expect from your EMS supplier
Electronics Manufacturing Service providers can support your product development and save you time to market. Good EMS companies are resourced with engineers, procurement specialists, advanced manufacturing and test facilities to turn your ideas into reality. Peter Towler will explain how.
Peter Towler has spent 35 years in electronics manufacturing – with Briton EMS since 1999, responsible for new business building complete, often complex, electronic products in its Bedford factory. Recent acquisition by OSI Electronics gives Briton EMS access to higher volume facilities in the Far East, ISO 13485 and AS9100.
12:45 Panel with Professor Andrea Ferrari
13:05 Lunch and joint networking with Smart Homes & amp; Cleanpower stream
Session 3 – Commercialisation cases & related materials
14:00 Dr Krzysztof Koziol, Chief Scientist, Cambridge Nanosystems Ltd
Large-scale development of low-D carbon nanostructures
Dr Krzysztof Koziol is The Royal Society University Research Fellow, Pembroke College
Fellow and Oppenheimer Research Fellow, based in the Department of Materials Science
and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. His areas of expertise are
nanotechnology, carbon nanotube synthesis, design of catalysts for carbon nanotube
formation, chirality control of carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube based fibres and
wires. Dr Koziol pioneered controlled synthesis approach to carbon nanotubes.
He has been developing carbon nanotube based fibres
and wires for a variety of high performance applications.
Currently, he is a PI on several research grants, including the ERC 5-year research grant
and coordinator of FP7 “Ultrawire” project (consisting of 14 partners). Dr Koziol has a world-
wide network of collaborators, based in industries, universities and government laboratories.
He is on Editorial Board of ISRN Nanomaterials and reviewer for many international journals.
14:15 Professor Jonathan Coleman, School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin
Liquid exfoliation of layered materials: From tiny things to advanced applications
This talk will demonstrate how graphite can be exfoliated in liquids to produce defect-free, non-oxidised graphene. Similar procedures can be applied to other layered crystals resulting in liquid dispersions of 2D nanosheets of a range of materials including BN, MoS2, WSe2, MoO3 etc. We use the resultant materials in a range of applications from composites to electronics to energy generation and storage.
Jonathan Coleman is the Professor of Chemical Physics in Trinity College Dublin. He has published approximately 180 papers in international journals including Nature and Science. He was recently listed by Thomson Reuters among the world’s top 100 materials scientists of the last decade and was names as the Science Foundation Ireland researcher of the Year in 2011.
14:30 Professor Richard Palmer, Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham
Translating nanoscience into nanotechnology: the case of atomic clusters
The deposition of size-selected nanoclusters (nanoparticles) onto surfaces is a novel route to the fabrication of thin films with precise surface features in the size regime <10 nm. In this talk I will focus on our efforts to translate new science and new instruments into the commercial arena (biochips, catalysis, lithography etc), as illustrated by stories of collaboration, licensing and spin-out formation.
Professor Richard E Palmer is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Birmingham and Head of the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory. His research interests include atomic clusters, biochips, atomic manipulation and nanofabrication. He obtained his first degrees at Cambridge University and fellowships including that of the Royal Society Research. He was founding Chair of the IoP’s Nanoscale Physics and Technology group. He is author of over 300 publications and 18 families of patent applications, and his work has led to the formation of a series of spin-out companies. He has given over 200 invited lectures. He is a member of seven editorial boards including Nano Energy, Small and ACS Nano and editor of the Elsevier Series on Frontiers of Nanoscience. In 2012 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and won a senior EPSRC Fellowship. He was recently (2013) awarded the Senior Prize and John Yarwood Memorial Medal of the British Vacuum Council.
14:45 Dr Nathan Hill, Strategy Director, National Graphene Institute,
Commercialisation Strategies for Graphene
The Manchester-based National Graphene Institute hosts over 120 scientists and 20 industrial partnerships working on graphene related projects. A £60m NGI facility will open in Spring 2015. The building of the Graphene Bridge starts from developing secure and scalable sources of well-characterised material. It links with applications where the market case is clear and competitive. This talk will provide a briefing on the main fields of graphene research at the NGI, and our strategy for partnerships with industrial and academic research groups. The new communications strategy that has been instigated at the National Graphene Institute focuses now on the precision engineering and manufacturing of graphene, rather than its potential as a wonder material. Universities have industrial partnerships paying to engage in graphene R&D, and there are some 28 graphene manufacturing spinouts / startups.
Nathan is a serial entrepreneur and technology investor. He trained in physics before focusing on a commercial career in Germany, Japan and the US, where he worked as a Managing Director at Oxford Instruments. Nathan is a seasoned technology marketing executive and has been the managing director of two technology companies. Nathan has recently taken on the role of Strategy Director at the NGI.
15:00 Panel with Del Stark, CEO, Nanopro - Media Partner & Tea break
Since 2001, Del Stark has been analysing technologies and market trends to assist companies in understanding how nanotechnology could improve their products and processes allowing them to innovate, make new product claims, find a competitive edge and offer improved services to customers. In 2011 Del Stark Technology Solutions was launched to deliver bespoke technology analysis and scouting services to industry.
IV. Final Session – Commercialisation pathways for Graphene & HVM
16:00 Dr Jani Kivioja, Head, Nokia Research Center
Graphene – What is the commercial viability of short term applications?
The promise of graphene is that the material provides significantly higher performance versus the current state-of-art in many technology areas, having a very wide potential range of applications. It is expected to create new value propositions in terms of new products in several areas. This talk addresses topics like why short term applications are so important and what is the true commercial viability of grapheme.
Dr Jani Kivioja is a Research Leader of nanosensing and graphene research of Nokia Research Center (NRC) in Cambridge UK. His present research interests include graphene, nanoelectronics and printed electronics. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the Graphene Flagship.
16:20 Nick Coutts MA, CEO, Genesys Networks & Senior Consultant, CIR Strategy
Routes to value for graphene
Routes to value is a methodology adapted from academic value economics in London and elsewhere, in which activities within an organisation are pulled together into a process wherein all such activities contribute in a measurable way towards the aims and values of the organisation. Part of this methodology may include opportunity prioritisation, a method which enables an organisation to focus projects that have the best cost-value profiles.
Nick has been a CIR Strategy Consultant since 2008. Nick provides expertise in segmentation, routes to value, services design, opportunity prioritisation. Amongst other aspects in a long career, as Vice President, Global Distribution Channel Strategy for IBM, he was responsible for the development and the effective use of distribution channels for IBM around the world, which then contributed to turning this large company around. Nicholas has a degree in economics taken at King's Cambridge in 1975-1978. He is now based in London and is CEO-elect of Genesys Networks, a cluster-based accelerator operating initially in five cities globally.
16:30 Dr Martin Kemp, Theme Manager - Engineering Apps, NanoKTN
Graphene commercialisation – Summary of industry consultation workshops
Nanomaterials such as graphene open up a wide ‘sea’ of opportunities which needs a robust business strategy in order to set a course which will avoid the hazards and achieve the highest rewards. This presentation will discuss various pitfalls and success factors, drawing on case studies to indicate pointers for successful commercialisation of graphene materials.
Following a career in materials science research at DERA during which he was awarded the Donald Julius Groen prize from ImechE, Martin Kemp moved into corporate marketing for QinetiQ, including a secondment to the European Commission, before spending five years with DTI Global Watch Service developing international technology transfer in the high performance engineering sector responsible for Western Europe. As a Chartered Marketer, he has 12 years experience in technology transfer including commercial exploitation of IP.
16:45 Professor Sir Mike Gregory CBE, Head, IfM
Where next for UK manufacturing?
Mike Gregory will review the trends, drivers and policies which are shaping the future of UK manufacturing.
Mike Gregory is Head of the Manufacturing and Management Division of the University Engineering Department and of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).
Following an early career in industry he was the founder member of the team which established the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, a senior undergraduate programme covering, marketing, design, production, distribution and service with very close industrial engagement. Subsequent developments in research and collaboration with industry reflected this broad view of manufacturing and led to the establishment of the IfM in 1998. Linking science, engineering, management and economics and integrating education, research and practice the IfM now has over 230 staff and research students and a further 100 undergraduate and Masters students.
Mike Gregory's work continues to be closely linked with industry and government and he has published in the areas of manufacturing strategy, technology management, international manufacturing and manufacturing policy.
External activities have included membership of various government and institutional committees. He served as Executive Director of the Cambridge MIT Institute from 2005-2008 and was Springer Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 2008/9. He chairs the UK Manufacturing Professors Forum and is a member of the UK Government's Manufacturing Analytical Group on Manufacturing.
He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.
17:00 Plenary panel with Mike Gregory, Head of IfM Cambridge UK;
Chair Summary of day from Prof Pete Dobson OBE;
Closing Remarks from Prof Sir Mike Gregory CBE
17:30 Networking Drinks