Date of Award

6-2007

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging (to 2013)

First Advisor

Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul D. Fleming

Third Advisor

Dr. Valery N. Bliznyuk

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Bradley J. Bazuin

Abstract

The primary goal of printing electronics is to create structures and devices that are functionally similar to conventional electronics, but at greater speed, lower cost and less production complexity. There are advantages and challenging disadvantages of using printing processes to manufacture electronic devices. Printing has been very well optimized for printing visual images that meet the requirements of human eye. However in the production of functional electronic devices, there are more stringent requirements on resolution, registration and quality of printed features and functional layers.

The main goal of this work is to form a starting point to a bigger picture of low-cost electronics. Before undertaking full scale printing research, initial screening experiments are required to identify suitable materials and determine other printing concerns. Present work considers gravure printing as the main manufacturing platform and its capabilities are evaluated. In addition, different functional materials were studied and optimized for gravure printing and some issues to be solved are presented.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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Engineering Commons

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