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2012 NIChE workshop - Barrier Technologies

Presentations*: 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Speaker Bios

  • Charles Bishop: Charles started his working life as an apprentice in mechanical engineering finishing as a toolmaker.  He has a degree in Materials Engineering and Masters and Doctorate Degrees by research in vacuum deposition onto polymer webs.  He now has accumulated over 30 years’ experience in vacuum deposition onto webs with the last 10 spent running his own consultancy business.   He has published over 80 technical articles and papers, has 5 patents & has run training courses in Asia, Europe and USA.   He has written two books ‘A guide to roll-to-roll vacuum deposition of barrier coatings’ and ‘Vacuum Deposition onto Webs, Films & Foils’ and contributed chapters on transparent conducting coatings and packaging coatings in two other books.  Charles is a Blog editor on behalf of AIMCAL and a regular contributor to Converting Quarterly.
  • Kay Cooksey: Dr. Cooksey is a Professor and is the Cryovac Endowed Chair in the Packaging Science Program at Clemson University.  She joined the faculty at Clemson University in October 1998 after working at University of Wisconsin-Stout for 5 ½ years.  Dr. Cooksey was a faculty intern at DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers Division and had the honor of receiving the Reister-Davis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Food Packaging Division of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2010.  Some of the courses she has taught include: Packaging Materials, Consumer Packaging, Packaging and Society, Design and Food and Healthcare Packaging.  Her research focuses on food and packaging interactions and includes active packaging (specifically antimicrobial), biopolymer packaging and shelf life studies and sustainable packaging.
  • Nick J. Copland: Nick is currently Product Manager K4000 & Development Manager at Bobst Manchester Ltd (formerly General Vacuum Equipment Ltd), the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of vacuum roll coaters. Upon graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Liverpool JMU in 1996, Nick initially joined Bobst Manchester as a commissioning Engineer and spent the first 7 years of his career travelling the world commissioning a variety of standard and special vacuum roll coaters for applications involving packaging, optical and electrical, before heading the commissioning department. Nick then moved into the R&D department where he headed a number of development projects including a wide web PECVD (plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition) process for the clear barrier area, plasma pre and post treaters and various sputtering projects.  In 2006 he achieved the position of Development Manager and is now responsible for all development activities at Bobst Manchester.  In 2008 he joined the senior Management team at Bobst Manchester where he has been active for the last 4 years.
  • Dennis J. Coyle: Dennis is a Coolidge Fellow and Principle Engineer at GE Global Research. His recent interests are in life modeling and accelerated testing of photovoltaic modules. He has led projects on CdTe stability, Thin-Film Solar Encapsulation, Advanced Display Films, and OLED Roll-to-Roll processing. He has also worked on fluorescent lamp coatings, extruded optical films, solventless coatings, and blow molding and extrusion tooling design. Dennis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1984 from the University of Minnesota. From 1991-1994, he was the manager of the solvent coating research group at Eastman Kodak. He joined GE in 1984. He was visiting professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales in 2010, working on silicon PV. Dennis has authored 90 publications, including four textbook chapters, 22 US patents, and has taught numerous short courses.
  • M. (Adriana) Creatore: Dr. Creatore received her M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. degree in Chemical Sciences from the University of Bari (Italy) in 1997 and 2001, respectively. She carried out part of her studies at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France) and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). In 2001, she joined the Plasma and Materials Processing group at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, with a Marie Curie postdoc fellowship. In 2004 she was awarded a 3-years NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)-VENI grant. In 2007 she has been appointed as assistant professor and Sustainable Energy Technology fellow at TU/e; in 2011 she has been appointed as associate professor. Her work presently covers the field of low pressure and atmospheric pressure plasma- enhanced processes for inorganic (amorphous and poly-crystalline) thin films applied in thin film solar cells and flexible electronics. These studies are complemented by fundamental insights into plasma-polymer surface interaction and inorganic/organic interphase generation by means of in situ real time surface diagnostics.
  • Arrelaine Dameron: Dr. Dameron is a Scientist in the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.  Her research is centered around thin film deposition and nanostructured materials by gas phase and solution phase deposition processes. She has worked extensively on both flexible thin film barrier materials development as well as barrier characterization.
  • Eric Dickey: Eric is President of Lotus Applied Technology, a company specializing in thin film process research and development, with a particular focus on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD).  He began his career in 1984 as a process engineer at Planar Systems, and has held a wide variety of engineering and management positions engaged in the development and manufacturing ramp of thin film technologies at Planar, Viratec Thin Films, and Optical Coating Laboratory Inc. (now part of JDS Uniphase).  High rate DC reactive sputtering processes have been a major focus throughout his career.  Beginning in 1992, ALD also became an area of particular interest, with activities including the development of ALD processes for dielectrics, inorganic phosphors and barrier films.  He is currently focused on the development and scaling of Roll to Roll ALD for vapor diffusion barriers.
  • Sean Garner: Sean received a B.Eng. degree in Engineering Physics (Applied Laser and Optics) from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (electrophysics) from the University of Southern California in 1998. In 1998, Sean began his career at Corning Incorporated, working in the area of materials processing and device prototyping at the company’s Science and Technology Center.
  • Steven M. George: Dr. George is Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Dr. George received his B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. George’s research interests are in the areas of surface chemistry, thin film growth and nanostructure engineering.  He is currently directing a research effort focusing on atomic layer deposition (ALD) and molecular layer deposition (MLD).  This research is examining new surface chemistry, measuring thin film growth rates, characterizing the properties of films and developing new applications for ALD and MLD.  Dr. George is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  He is also a co-founder of ALD NanoSolutions, Inc., a startup company that is working to commercialize ALD technology.
  • Gordon Graff: Dr. Graff has twenty five years of experience at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and is currently a staff scientist and senior project manager.  He has developed and managed many technical teams and several technical groups within PNNL.   Dr. Graff has been active in materials research and development in topics ranging from fundamental science to applied technology development.  He was part of a pioneering team studying fundamental mechanisms of heterogeneous nucleation and growth of inorganic materials at tailored organic interfaces (Biomimetic processes) and the potential application of this knowledge for industrial thin-film coatings.  In 1998 Dr. Graff formed and managed a technical group within PNNL to develop and commercialize novel organic/inorganic multilayer, thin-film structures for use as gas diffusion barriers.  The group’s technical expertise and intellectual property development led to the formation of a successful spin-off company. (Vitex Systems Incorporated).  While continuing technology transfer of PNNL’s thin-film encapsulation process, Mr. Graff is also co-lead of a multimillion dollar initiative focused on fundamental understanding and synthesis of novel nanostructured materials for energy storage and energy conversion.
  • Mark E. Gross: Mr. Gross is a manager and senior scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has 24 years’ experience at PNNL in materials and process development of vacuum deposited thin films with a diverse background in materials development. He is also the principle investigator/program manager for several programs utilizing the PNNL developed thin film multi-layer barrier technology. He is a Co-Inventor / developer of the multi-layer barrier technology at PNNL.  He holds 24 US patents, 54 International patents, several applications pending, and 35 publications / presentations. He has been recognized internally and externally for his research with 3 R&D 100 awards, and 2 Federal Laboratory Awards for excellence in technology. He is a Distinguished Inventor of Battelle Memorial Institute.
  • Sheila Hamilton: Sheila is technical director of Teknek and is responsible for keeping the company at the forefront of its field in terms of innovation and product design.  Sheila joined Teknek in 1987 as technical director after working as a product designer (yachting equipment) and power station engineer.  She has also run her own consultancy in the field of electronics component packaging.  Sheila has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Glasgow University an MBA from Strathclyde University.  In addition, she is a recipient of two Smart Awards in the field of Electromagnetic Interference.
  • Michael D. Kempe: Dr. Kempe is a Senior Scientist in the PV Module Reliability Group of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he studies the factors affecting the longevity of photovoltaic cells and modules. His work is concerned primarily with both modelling and measuring moisture ingress into PV modules and studying its effect on polymer adhesion, device performance and component corrosion. This work also includes the development of a technique for measure the moisture permeation rates in films down at levels around 10-6 g/m2/day and the evaluation of edge seal materials.  He is also studying the effects of UV radiation and heat on the mechanical, chemical, and electrical stability of PV packaging components. This effort is tied into creating better qualification tests that more accurately assess safety and are better predictors of long term durability.  Dr. Kempe graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
  • Joerg Koch: Dr. Koch (born 1973) began his career in science at the Structure and Technology Research Lab of Philipps-Universität/Marburg. The main focus of his research was in the deposition and analysis of semiconducting materials. In his later years he became specialized in the area of marketing, initially as manager in the Compound Semiconductor Division at Mochem, where he was responsible for the international marketing of novel process-chemicals for CVD applications, later as Technical Marketing Manager at Akzo Nobel. With KVK-Consulting he is now engaged at Dock/Chemicals as Chief Marketing Officer and as Managing Director for new business development at Sempa Systems.
  • Bill MacDonald: After graduating B.Sc and Ph.D in chemistry from the University of St Andrew, Bill Macdonald joined ICI Plastics Division in 1980.  He was initially involved in research into advanced materials, primarily liquid crystal polymers, and moved into the Polyester Films Business in the early 1990’s.  The Films Business was sold to DuPont and Bill MacDonald is currently a Business Research Associate in DuPont Teijin Films (DTF), a 50:50 joint venture between DuPont and Teijin.  He is currently actively involved in developing substrates for flexible electronic and PV applications and in understanding the material requirements required for these emerging industries. He has coauthored ca 40 papers, several book chapters and regularly presents on the flexible electronic conference “circuit”. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde.
  • Senthil Ramadas: Prior to founding Tera-Barrier Films, Senthil was most recently the Principal Investigator and Project Lead for ETPL/IMRE Flagship Project at IMRE for Barrier Films Development. Senthil has over 17 years expertise in Barrier Substrate Research, including 32 patents on Barrier technology, and has written over 30 scientific and technical papers. He also has a proven track record in setting up manufacturing plants in the following areas: Barrier Technology, Transformer Impregnation Plant, Vacuum flask manufacturing line, Heat Exchanger Plant.
  • Michelle Stevens: Michelle has been with MOCON for 15 years. She has recently completed a four-year stint in Shanghai, China helping to develop and strengthen MOCON’s Asia business. Since her return to the USA she is leading the development of MOCON’s worldwide training program. Her additional duties include company seminars, technical papers and providing technical support to the worldwide sales force. She also conducts the web seminars for the company. Michelle has been instrumental in the development of several key areas of the Consulting and Testing Group, including the package development segment and fuel permeation analysis. Michelle completed her graduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans in Chemical Engineering. Her undergraduate work was also at Tulane in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Carolin Struller: Since July 2010, Carolin has been part of the Surface Engineering Group (Dalton Research Institute) at Manchester Metropolitan University working on a PhD project in cooperation with Bobst Manchester Ltd. (Heywood, UK), formerly General Vacuum Equipment, and Innovia films Ltd. (Wigton, UK). In May 2010 she graduated with a 1st class Diplom-Ingenieur’s degree in Food Technology and Biotechnology from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Munich, Germany), previously obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in the same subject. Her final year project ‘Effects of oxygen plasma surface treatment on biaxially oriented polypropylene film’ was carried out at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV (Freising, Germany). During her course of studies, Carolin has obtained work experience in the R&D department of Bobst Manchester Ltd.
  • Roland Trassl: Since 2011, Dr. Trassl has been R&D Manager for web coating products at Applied Materials in Alzenau, Germany.  Prior to that, he worked at Applied Materials on PVD processes for the production of crystalline silicon and thin-film solar cells, and developing sputter cathodes and processes for architectural glass coatings.  He received his doctorate at the University of Giessen in 1999, and has authored over 90 publications in international and national journals, as well as conferences.
  • NIChE Workshop Program Committee:
    • Chair – Peter F. Carcia, DuPont Central R&D
    • Charles Bishop, C.A. Bishop Consulting Ltd
    • Steven George, University of Colorado
    • Sam Graham, Georgia Tech
    • Rakesh Gupta, West Virginia University
    • Mike Nowak, National Energy Technology Lab
    • Kirt Page, National Institute of Standards & Technology 

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