Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > Press > Industry-Leading International Conference on Printed Electronics to be Held in Chicago on April 24, 2007

Inaugural industry forum on printed electronics to showcase stunning technology and product breakthroughs to a world-class gathering of business, academic and government leaders.

Industry-Leading International Conference on Printed Electronics to be Held in Chicago on April 24, 2007

Chicago, IL | Posted on March 19th, 2007

The emerging technology of printed electronics will have its coming out party on April 24, 2007 in Chicago when the Industry Forum on Printed Electronics (IFOPE) presents a world-class line-up of international speakers from commercial and academic innovators in thin film, organic, and printable electronics. The audience will include senior executives from a broad range of industries being transformed by these rapidly advancing micro- and nanotechnology developments, including aerospace, chemicals, consumer goods, electronics, food & beverage, medical devices, packaging and semiconductors. Corporate and institutional venture capital executives will also be present.

IFOPE is being organized by founding partners UK Trade & Investment, the North of England Inward Investment Agency, and the Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology, Micro and Photonic Systems (Cenamps). Event partners include the law firm of Drinker Biddle Gardner Carton LLP and commercialization consultants Pragmaxis LLC. The event content partner is NanoMarkets, Inc., a leading international printed electronics market research firm.

The promise of printed electronics is that it will enable a wide range of next-generation products including radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and other components; smart cards, smart labels, and smart packaging; photovoltaics, batteries, and fuel cells; lighting; display applications such as flexible displays, advertising and point-of-purchase displays, and components for high-end LCD and OLED displays; and medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

Perhaps the most interesting area of technological debate to be addressed during the conference will be whether ink-jet printing or conventional analog graphic arts processes such as screen printing, gravure, offset printing and flexography will prevail. There are strongly held opinions on both sides of the argument.

According to IFOPE Executive Producer Ray Pimentel, Vice Consul (Trade & Investment) at the British Consulate-General in Chicago, "The real promise of printed electronics is in the inherent lower capital requirements and unit manufacturing costs compared with the traditional photolithography processes used in silicon-based electronics." He continued, "In much the same way that the printed word had such a profound impact on the world beginning in the 15th century, printed electronics now has the potential to revolutionize electronics and manufacturing through innovative advances in equipment, processes and materials."

"Advances in printed electronics are being driven by the unprecedented convergence of industries that have never before been so intricately linked, including aerospace, consumer goods, electronics, packaging, printing and semiconductors", echoed Peter Balbus, host of the event and a recognized expert in nanotechnology commercialization. He stated, "IFOPE represents the first conference of its kind bringing all these industries together in one common forum to discuss the factual state of the art in printed electronics and identify the technological and business hurdles to be solved next. Our aim is to separate the hype from the reality and identify where the real opportunities are emerging from a product and market development perspective."

Confirmed speakers at IFOPE comprise a world-renowned set of academic and business leaders in the electronic printing arena. A partial listing includes:

- Dr. Wasiq Bokhari -- CEO, BioIdent
- Dr. Daniel Gamota -- Director of Printed Electronics Group, Motorola, Inc.
- Dr. Neil Gershenfeld -- Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
- Dr. Bruce Gnade -- Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics and Vice President for Research, University of Texas at Dallas
- Phil Inagaki -- Co-founder, Polyera
- Adam Laubach -- CTO & General Manager of Functional Printing, GSI Technologies
- Dr. Devin Mackenzie -- Director of Technology, Add-Vision
- Matt Timm -- President, Soligie


IFOPE is a British-American initiative to provide ongoing channels of communication and education among innovators in thin film, organic, and printable electronics; end-user industries; and the broader business community.

Created by founding partners UK Trade & Investment, the North of England Inward Investment Agency, and Cenamps, IFOPE is open to all who share an interest in advancing the commercialization of the exciting emerging technology of printed electronics.

IFOPE will be a full-day event on Tuesday, April 24, held at the conference center of Drinker Biddle Gardner Carton LLP, 191 North Wacker, Suite 3700, preceded by an opening evening reception on April 23 at a location to be announced. Early-bird registration is $30 through March 31.

Please visit for more information, continuing updates and to register.

For more information, please click here

Gail Nicoll
Business Development Associate
UK Trade & Investment
British Consulate-General, Chicago
(312) 970 3835

Copyright © PRWeb™

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Chip Technology

New 'self-healing' gel makes electronics more flexible November 25th, 2015

Physicists explain the unusual behavior of strongly disordered superconductors: Using a theory they developed previously, the scientists have linked superconducting carrier density with the quantum properties of a substance November 25th, 2015

Nanomagnets: Creating order out of chaos: Dresden physicists engrave nanoscale magnets directly into layer of material November 23rd, 2015

Strange quantum phenomenon achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers November 21st, 2015


Stanford technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light November 27th, 2015

Dimensionality transition in a newly created material November 27th, 2015

Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification November 27th, 2015

A new form of real gold, almost as light as air November 27th, 2015


Increasing Impact Resistance of Polypropylene by Nanoparticles November 20th, 2015

Made to order: Researchers discover a new form of crystalline matter: Experiments reveal a new type of imposed ordering of particles in dusty plasma November 12th, 2015

First Ever Commercial Virtual Reality System to Fly in Space Brings Non-Astronauts Aboard ISS: Asteroid Mining Company and VR Data Analytics Company Approved for ISS Floating Tour October 28th, 2015

Production of Special Coating to Increase Efficiency of Solar Cells in Iran October 26th, 2015


Stanford technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light November 27th, 2015

Nanometrics Announces Upcoming Investor Events November 18th, 2015

FEI and ICON Analytical Demonstrate the Power of TEM for Materials and Life Sciences Research: FEI’s Talos scanning transmission electron microscope will be available for demos and workshops at the Indian Institute of Science from 23 November to 15 December 2015 November 17th, 2015

Arrowhead Presents Data Showing Robust Sustained Anti-viral Effects with ARC-520 in Hepatitis B Infected Chimpanzees November 15th, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

Car Brands
Buy website traffic