An Academic-Industry Workshop on Technologies for U.S.-Asia Collaborations

February 25-26, 2016, Singapore

Advances in nanofabrication processes have bridged the gap from fundamental science to reliable materials and process methodologies being utilized to impact a range of possible applications including sensors, energy and power, healthcare, semiconductors, and flexible electronics. While these advances have demonstrated the benefits and potential for nano-enabled technologies and products, a critical gap remains between device demonstration and prototyping, and scalable commercialization due to a range of circumstances including infrastructure, tooling, standards, materials consistency, and process compatibility. As a result, the risk of significant capital investment into new tooling and processes has limited the contribution by nanomanufacturing technologies to existing and potential new markets. An example application area for nanomanufacturing technologies is printed and flexible electronics, which have advanced to the stage where inexpensively printing high performance devices on continuous rolls of polymer-based substrates promises to revolutionize advanced manufacturing. Emerging nanomaterials and nanofabrication processes will make it possible to economically generate high value-added products at meters-per-minute rates on plastic film, paper, or foil, and to achieve feature dimensions as small as 50 nanometers over areas encompassing billions of devices. Relying on top-down and bottom-up nanoscale processes including nanoimprint and sub-wavelength lithography, directed self-assembly and additive driven assembly methodologies, commercialization 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 manufacturing platforms for continuous large-area roll-to-roll and print processing.

This workshop will bring together invited researchers, institutions, and leading companies involved in roll-to-roll and print processing and scalable nanomanufacturing methodologies, to identify and discuss challenges for successful merging of these technologies for advanced device and system manufacturing. The workshop will further encompass related topics and application areas ranging from spatial atomic layer deposition (SALD), self-assembly, nanoimprint and nanoinjection molding.

The workshop will conclude with a discussion of general parameters for a multi-year technology roadmap to guide progress and potential collaborations between the U.S. and Asia in scalable nanomanufacturing development activities.

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
  • Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (SALD)
  • Nanoinjection molding
  • Online and off-line metrology
  • Global R&D efforts and developing manufacturing capabilities, especially in Asia and the U.S.