An Academic-Industry Workshop on Technologies for American Manufacturing Competitiveness

September 27-28, 2011
Seaport Boston Hotel

Flexible electronics technology has advanced to the stage where inexpensively printing high performance devices on continuous rolls of polymer-based substrates now promises to revolutionize advanced manufacturing. Roll-to-roll manufacturing processes will make it possible to economically generate high value-added technology products at meters-per-minute rates on plastic film, paper, or foil, and to achieve feature dimensions as small as 10 nanometers over areas encompassing billions of identical devices. Relying on top-down and bottom-up nanoscale processes including nanoimprint and sub-wavelength lithography, guided self-assembly and direct patterning methodologies, future industrialization of this technology naturally requires scaling system properties while retaining the collective properties of the nanoscopic elements over macroscale dimensions. Meeting this challenge is a key to high-rate manufacturing of nano-enabled products and for establishing viable industrial-scale manufacturing platforms for continuous large-area roll-to-roll processing.

This workshop will bring together invited researchers, institutions, and leading companies involved in roll-to-roll processing and scalable nanomanufacturing methodologies, to identify and discuss challenges for successful merging of these technologies in advanced device manufacturing. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of general parameters for a multi-year technology roadmap to guide progress in roll-to-roll processing of nanoscale devices.

Attendees are invited to prepare remarks addressing technical topics such as:
• Generating low-cost, commodity-scale materials sets
• Demonstrating precision cooperative assembly
• Utilization of surface directed/guided assembly of critical features via imprint stamping
• Fabrication of ordered hybrid nanocomposites at high rates
• Nanoimprint processes
• Process integration
• Online metrology
• Global R&D efforts and developing manufacturing capabilities, especially in Europe and Asia