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Dr. Shi Cheng, Research Engineer, Ericsson

Dr. Shi Cheng received the B.E. degree in Radio Engineering in 2003 from Southeast University, Nanjing, P. R. China, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in Microwave Technology in 2010 from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. From March 2010 to March 2011, Dr. Cheng was with Advanced Technology at Laird Technologies, Stockholm, Sweden. Later, he joined Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, as a Research Engineer engaged in the R&D of multi-standard radio base station platform.

His broad research interests include reconfigurable RF front ends, millimeter-wave and terahertz systems, wireless sensors, RF microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), phased-array antennas, diversity and MIMO systems, mobile handset antennas, automotive and military radar systems, and stretchable and conformable large-area RF electronics. Dr. Cheng has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific papers in various journals and international conferences, and is the inventor of 5 international and Swedish patents. His research outcomes have been widely highlighted in more than 20 popular science magazines and media. Moreover, he serves as a regular reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. In addition, He has received a number of international and national awards, including the Outstanding Chinese Oversea Graduate Student Award from the Chinese Government in 2009, and the Recognized Foreign Scholar Award for the Excellence of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Swedish Government in 2011, handed over by the Minister for Trade of Sweden.













Dr. Geoff Williams, Oled Group Leader, Thorn Lighting

Dr Williams is an internationally recognised industrial expert in OLED and PLED technology, with a proven track record of delivering both product development programmes and public/private fundraising. He lead the team which produced the best white light polymers and devices and secured over £15M in grant funding for development of PLED lighting. He is an active supporter of integrated solid state lighting solutions constantly evaluating opportunities for both led and OLED lighting schemes.

A keen advocator of integrated solid state lighting solutions with other emerging technologies,
Such as printed electronics, visible light communications, renewable power generation and low voltage dc grids.

Dr Williams sits on several influential technology focused bodies; Supporting Photonics 21 in Europe on lighting and displays, as well as emerging technologies in solar harvesting. He is also the deputy Chair of the Plastic Electronics Leadership Group (driving the creation of this exciting new industry) and the UK’s PETeC's technology advisory board. Outside of this Dr Williams delivered Project Topless - .the UK's only pled R&D consortium targeting high quality white light devices based on single polymer structures suitable for general lighting applications. He helped to raised over £6million of public funding for this technology sector over the last three years and he is presently focused on the next stage of pled lighting - Project TOPDRAWER, the migration of pled lighting panels towards high yield pled luminaries.












Nello Li Pira PhD, Group Materials Labs - Materials Innovation, Centro Ricerche Fiat

Nello obtained his degree in General Physics at the University of Turin in 2000. In 2010 he received his Ph.D. degree in Materials Sciences from the Polytechnic of Turin.

He joined the Centro Ricerche FIAT in 2002. Currently he is responsible of Functional Surfaces & Coating group, within Materials Innovation department in Group Materials Labs. He is involved in the development and engineering of innovative surfaces and coatings for interiors and exteriors applications in the vehicle, encompassing plastics, textiles and metals. He is charge for the testing and manufacturing laboratories of the department. Particularly he masters in plastic electronics and integration, surfaces treatments, coatings as well as morphological and electro-optical characterizations. His experience covers all fundamental technological aspects towards innovative material products such as design, testing and validation to successful implementation within budget, proof-of-concept fabrication, timescales, processes and product limitations.

He has international experiences in EU projects within 7PF as project coordinator (PRIAM, ICT2010) and scientific responsible (LIGHT-ROLLS NMP2009, LAMP ICT2001 and E-STARS ICT2008). Furthermore he contributed to the launch to the OLAE platforms, contributing to the drawing up of Organic Larger Area Electronics SRA.

Sandy Spaan, Senior Design Consultant Materials, Philips Design Centre




Dr. Allen Reid, Commercial Director, NANOGAP

NANOGAP is a nanotechnology company specialising in the development and manufacture of novel nanomaterial dispersions for use in electronics, cleantech, biomedical and security applications. Prior to working for NANOGAP, Allen spent eleven years with specialty chemical producer Elementis in various technical and commercial roles, largely involved in the development of nano metal oxide products and markets. Allen also spent three years as Business Development Director of NanoCentral, an industrial alliance of organisations active in nanomaterial commercialisation.













Prof. Dr. Ruud E.I. Schropp, Section Leader of Nanophotonics, Utrecht University

Ruud E.I. Schropp received his M.Sc. in experimental physics from Utrecht University in 1983 and his PhD in mathematics and natural sciences from the University of Groningen in 1987.

After that he worked in R&D at equipment manufacturer Glasstech Solar, Inc., in Colorado, USA on solar cells. In 1989 he joined Utrecht University and in 2000, he was appointed Full Professor in “Physics of Devices”. In 2004, he became Section Head of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Devices. Now he is heading the Section Nanophotonics of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science at the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University.

He has been visiting professor at NREL, at Applied Materials, and at 4 different institutes in China and Japan. He authored/co-authored more than 450 papers and 10 patents. He and Miro Zeman wrote the textbook “Amorphous and Microcrystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Modeling, Materials and Device Technology” (Springer, Boston/ Dordrecht/ London, 1998, ISBN 0-7923-8317-6). He has been supervisor of 25 PhD’s and many Physics and Chemistry students have completed their BSc and MSc degrees. Currently, his research interests are c-Si heterojunctions, flexible and lightweight solar cells, next generation thin (nanostructured) films for photovoltaics, enhanced light coupling in ultrathin solar cells by plasmonics, nanophotonics, and photon conversion, 3D nanostructures such as quantum dots and nanowires/nanorods for solar cells.




Wolfgang Mildner, Managing Director, PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG

Wolfgang Mildner studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Erlangen. Before joining PolyIC, Wolfgang Mildner worked in several business positions for Siemens AG since 1986. Wolfgang Mildner was responsible for a number of projects turning promising technologies into business.

Wolfgang Mildner is member of the Board of the Organic Electronics Association/VDMA.and the German Flat Panel Foundation (DFF).

Dr. John De Mello, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London





Chris Jones, Novalia Printed Electronics

Chris Jones has been involved with Printed Electronics since 2001, before joining Novalia in 2010 as the resident ink and print expert. He has over twenty five years practical print & packaging industry experience having previously held senior positions within leading ink manufacturers companies in the UK, Europe & South America where he managed global packaging projects for the likes of Tesco and SAB Miller. He serves on the UK Plastic Electronics Leadership Group and has recently been responsible for specifying and commissioning the equipment for the new UK Printed Electronics prototyping and pilot facility at PETeC in Sedgefield, which is due to open in April 2012.












Daniel Cline, Senior Analyst, Lux Research

As a senior analyst on the Lux Research consulting team, Daniel Cline leverages relationships with leading innovators, start-ups, large corporations and government officials to provide insight into trends and opportunities within emerging electronics and cleantech areas. He has developed strategic roadmaps of next-generation flash memory technologies for a top Asian electronics manufacturer, evaluated thin-film solar cell acquisition targets for major chemicals companies, and assisted a leading global information technology firm map opportunities across the entire cleantech space.

Beyond his consulting engagements, Daniel speaks at conferences on topics ranging from energy storage to flexible photovoltaics and has contributed to the Lux Research Nanomaterials Intelligence service.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Daniel worked as an analyst at The Aerospace Corporation’s Economic and Market Analysis Center where he advised on U.S. Government research and development funding for state-of-the-art national security space technologies ranging from III-IV solar cells and next-gen batteries to advanced space coatings and visual imagers.

Daniel graduated from the University of Southern California with a M.S. in product development engineering and a B.S. in electrical engineering.

Dr Iryna Yakimets, Program Manager "Patterning on FLEX systems", Holst Centre / TNO
Christopher Siol, Senior Scientist, Polymer Vision
Ivica Kolaric, Dipl.Ing (FH) MBA, Head of Department Process Engineering of Functional Materials, Fraunhofer IPA Germany







Dr Jukka Hast, Team Leader, VTT

He received the M.Sc. (Tech.) and D. Sc. (Tech.) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

He is currently a Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in Printed Functional Solutions knowledge centre. His research interests are in printable electronics and optics focusing to roll-to-roll manufacturing using different printing techniques for OLED and OPV devices.

His research background is in the University of Oulu, Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory where he has worked 1998 - 2005 as a research engineer, senior research engineer and assistant professor. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques laboratory He has authored and co-authored 18 reviewed journal papers and over 60 reviewed conference papers.


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