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Ultrafast laser processing of thin film interconnections in microelectronic, display, and photovoltaic applications

Objective

Laser-Connect connects fundamental studies of ultrafast laser matter interactions with demand-driven high volume electronics production. The project is highly relevant to the development of new intelligent laser-based manufacturing systems in Europe targeting touch panel interactive screens, high density circuit boards for hand-held electronics, and other photovoltaic technologies. The project brings together a recently established high growth rate UK company engaged in laser systems development, its sister company engaged in system integration in Asia, and an Irish academic research group engaged in laser material ambient interactions. The objectives of the project are to generate improved understanding of laser-material interactions, develop new concepts in optical design and process control, and to demonstrate new processes for emerging thin film electronic materials and devices. The technical challenges of creating channels in thin film coatings on glass and flexible organic substrates, cutting tracks and drilling vias in high density multi-layer circuit boards, and etching isolation tracks for photovoltaics, over large areas, at high speed, with micron precision, are appreciable. The partners are committed to realising these goals by extensive knowledge transfer. Laser-Connect proposes 54 intersectoral fellowship months, with 40% involving early stage, 38% involving experienced and 22% involving more experienced researchers. Three researchers will be recruited to prepare and enhance impact of secondments. In addition to normal dissemination, the partners will communicate results at two regional workshops in years 2 and 4.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 440 598
Administrative Contact
Gerard O'connor (Mr.)

Participants (2)

M-SOLV LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 175 791
Address
Oxonian Park Langford Locks
OX5 1FP Kidlington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adam Brunton (Dr.)
M-Solv (HK) Limited
Hong Kong
EU contribution
€ 32 880
Address
Lockhart Road 1 Chung Nam Building
Hong Kong
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adrian Baughan (Mr.)