Printed Electronics: Innovations in Materials, Processes, and Devices

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Printed Electronics: Innovations in Materials, Processes, and Devices
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
PACKARD Building, Room202
Dr. Vivek Subramanian, UC Berkeley
Abstract / Description: 

In recent years, there has been significant interest in the applications of printed electronics in the realization of a range of electronic systems such as flexible displays, low-cost sensors, and even in novel semiconductor packaging flows.  To make printed electronics a viable technology, however, there is a need for significant innovations across all aspects of these systems, including realization of advanced printable materials, improvements in printing technology, and design and realization of devices and systems that exploit the capabilities of this emerging technology.

In this talk, I will review our progress in advancing the state of the art in printed electronics.  I will begin by discussing the physical underpinnings of printing and will discuss how understanding and control of printing-related phenomena allows for substantial advancement in the capabilities of the same.  I will additionally discuss advances in printable material systems that enable the realization of high-performance printed devices.  Finally, I will show how the combination of advanced printed techniques with appropriate materials and proper device design may be used to realize printed devices with unprecedented performance levels, thus helping to usher in the era of printed electronics.


Vivek Subramanian received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1998.  Dr. Subramanian co-founded Matrix Semiconductor, Inc., in 1998.  Since 2000, he has been at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently a Professor of Electrical engineering and Computer Sciences.  His current research focuses on printed electronics for display, low-cost logic, and sensing applications.  Awards he has received include the Paul Rappaport Award for the best paper in an IEEE EDS journal, the IEEE Device Research Conference and the IMAPS best paper awards, the 2015 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, and the outstanding teaching award from the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley.