Invited Speaker Presenter Track 2: Advanced Manufacturing of Printed and Flexible Electronics

Xiaodong Chen

Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices (iFLEX), School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore


Sahika Inal

Sahika Inal is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering with affiliations in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). She has a B.Sc. degree in Textile Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), an M.Sc. in Polymer Science, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics, both from the University of Potsdam (Germany). She completed her postdoctoral training at the Center of Microelectronics of Provence of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (France). Her expertise is in polymer science and bioelectronic devices, particularly in the photophysics of conjugated polymers, characterization of polymer films and the design of biosensors and actuators. Inal lab exploits the functionalities of organic electronic materials, investigates ionic/electronic charge transport, and designs electronic devices that record/stimulate biological signals.


Giorgio Dell’Erba


Roland Hischier


Kaarle Jaakkola

Dr. Kaarle Jaakkola works as a senior scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
in a team called antennas and RF technologies. His research interests and expertise include RFID
systems, electronics, wireless and applied sensors, antennas, electromagnetic modelling and RF
technologies in general. He has e.g. developed RF parts for RFID systems and designed antennas
for both scientific use and commercial products. Antennas designed by him can be found in several
commercial RFID transponders and other wireless devices. He has authored and co-authored over
20 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles and he holds 10 patents as an inventor or a coinventor.

Focus Session 2 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Hans Kleemann

Hans obtained his diploma in physics from the University of Jena in 2009. From 2009-2012 he joined Prof. Leo’s group at Technische Universität Dresden where he was focusing organic electronics. After having received his PhD in 2013 from TU Dresden, Hans joined NOVALED/ Samsung SDI as a researcher/ project-leader on organic transistors for display applications. He returned to academia in 2016 and joined the group of Prof. Dr. Feng Wang at the Physics Department of UC in Berkeley, USA. In 04/2017, Hans started as a group leader at TU Dresden where he is focusing on next level organic electronic devices. In 2021 he received a Habilitation from TU Dresden.

Focus Session 2 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Erika Covi

Erika Covi (SM’19) received her PhD in Microelectronics in 2014 from the University of Pavia (Italy). She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy first, then at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). She is currently a Scientist at NaMLab gGmbH, Dresden (Germany). She won an ERC Starting Grant 2021 on memristive neurons and synapses for neuromorphic edge computing.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of emerging devices, circuit design, and brain-inspired computing. More specifically, they focus on exploiting the intrinsic physical characteristics of memristive devices to reproduce computational primitives of the brain in mixed neuromorphic-memristive systems.

Focus Session 4 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Jasmin Aghassi-Hagmann

Jasmin Aghassi-Hagmann is a full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with a Research Unit on Electronic Devices and Systems at the Institute of Nanotechnology, KIT. She has received her Master in Physics (Diploma) from the RWTH Aachen and her PhD from Karlsruhe University (KIT) in theoretical physics. For six years she worked as a research engineer at Infineon Technologies and Intel on advanced CMOS technology nodes. Her expertise is in printed electronics, semiconductors and devices, in particular in design and simulation, electrical characterization and inkjet printing of electronic devices.

Her current research (Aghassi lab) focuses on printed inorganic semiconductors such as metal oxides, printed electronic devices, in particular electrolyte-gated transistors, memristors as well as hybrid circuits for sensing, bioelectronics and security applications.

Focus Session 4 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Radu Sporea

Dr Radu Sporea is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Power Electronics and Semiconductor Devices at the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), University of Surrey and holds an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship (2021-2026).

Prior to this appointment he was Royal Academy of Engineering Academic Research Fellow (2011-2016), EPSRC PhD+ Fellow (2010-2011) and PhD researcher (2006 – 2010) in the same centre. Before joining Surrey, Radu has studied Computer Systems Engineering at “Politehnica” University, Bucharest, Romania, and has worked as a Design Engineer for Catalyst Semiconductor Romania, now part of ON Semiconductor, on ultra-low-power CMOS analog circuits. Radu’s was named an EPSRC Rising Star in 2014 and was the recipient of the I K Brunel Award for Engineering in 2015. He was presented the Vice Chancellor’s award for Early Career Teaching in 2017 and won the Tony Jeans Inspirational Teaching distinction in 2018. In 2021, he was a finalist of the Innovator of the Year prize at Surrey.

Current research in Radu’s team focuses on three main topics:

1. Advanced large-area semiconductor device design, including transistors with increased tolerance to fabrication variability, improved energy efficiency and high gain.

2. Large area sensors and sensor arrays for smart environments, focusing on multi-modal low-cost integration in commercial manufacturing platforms and mass-market products.

3. Paper-based electronics and physical-digital interaction

Focus Session 3 Focus Session Invited Speaker

Mario Caironi

Mario Caironi studied at “Politecnico di Milano” (Milan, Italy) where he obtained his Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Information Technology with honours in 2007, with a thesis on organic photodetectors and memory devices. In March 2007 he joined the group of Prof. Henning Sirringhaus at the Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge, UK) as a post-doctoral research associate. He worked in Cambridge for 3 years on high resolution inkjet printing of downscaled organic transistors and logic gates, and on charge injection and transport in high mobility polymers. In April 2010 he has been appointed as a Team Leader at the Center for Nano Science and Technology@PoliMi of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Milan, Italy), in 2014 entered the tenure track at the same institution and obtained a tenured researcher position in 2019. He is author and co-author of more than 130 scientific papers in international journals and books. He is currently interested in solution based high resolution printing techniques for micro-electronic, opto-electronic and thermoelectrics devices fabrication, in the device physics of organic semiconductors based field-effect transistors and their integration in high-frequency printed circuits, in organic bioelectronics sensors and in edible electronics. He is a 2014 starting ERC grantee and a 2019 consolidator grantee.

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