Emerging Technologies

Technology is the greatest agent of change in the modern world. The Emerging Technologies session is the forum for boosting technological breakthroughs, new application trends and visions in the thin-film coating industry. Such trends may be either the application of established coating technologies in innovative ways to expand into new applications, or creative new developments in coating technologies that overcome long‐standing roadblocks in the industry. Technologies which successfully cross over from early‐stage feasibility studies into commercially viable industry solutions are the primary focus of this session. Supporting business topics are also welcome.

Technology is the greatest agent of change in the world today. The Emerging Technologies session is the forum for boosting technological breakthroughs, technical innovations, new application trends, and visions in the thin-film coating industry. Such trends, which represent progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage, may be either the application of established coating technologies in innovative ways to expand into new applications, or creative new developments in coating technologies that overcome long‐standing roadblocks in the industry. Technologies which successfully cross over from early‐stage feasibility studies into commercially viable industry solutions are the primary focus of this session. Supporting business topics are also welcome.

Topics of strategic interest for the Emerging Technologies session are:

  • Economically viable alternatives to classic transparent conducting oxides (TCOs), and resulting thin film device architectures, e.g. graphene, new metal oxides, other transparent conductive materials, wide band gap semiconductors, amorphous semiconductors.
  • High-performance electronics on flexible transparent substrates and roll-to-roll processing, including material science, e.g. on flexible glass, polymers, metal foils.
  • New thin film concepts that allow the combination of previously incompatible material properties, such as meso- and meta-materials, or phase changing materials.
  • New concepts and technology development for thin film coating, refinement, treatment and modification of surfaces that enable revolutionary performance improvements in active or passive devices such as photovoltaics or electronics, e.g. annealing processes by e-beam, flash lamp annealing or by laser.
  • Progress in integrating previously incompatible processes at scale, for example, the advancement of incorporating thin films into printed flexible electronics
  • Innovations in methods for the in-situ characterization of thin film properties.
  • Creative new business concepts or market perspectives that accelerate or de-risk transfer of new thin film technologies from lab-scale to commercial viability.
  • Advanced thin-film processing and applications for communication technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, energy harvesting, energy storage, and energy conversion.

We welcome contributed talks and posters for these and other areas, and always consider new and innovative topics that advance the use of thin film processing in advanced technology applications.


Emerging Technologies TAC Chair: Manuela Junghähnel, Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, Germany, manuela.junghaehnel@fep.fraunhofer.de; Assistant TAC Chairs: Jacob Bertrand, Maxima Sciences LLC, jacob@max-sci.com; Clark Bright Thin Film Solutions (3M retired), brightcrewllc@gmail.com; Chris Stoessel, Eastman Chemical Company, stoessel@attglobal.net; Frank Papa, GP Plasma, frank@gpplasma.com