Polytronic 2001 - A great success
The 1st International Conference on Polymers and Adhesives in Microelectronics and Photonics took place from October 22-24, 2001 in Potsdam (Germany).
The conference continued the successful series of IEEE workshops and conferences on adhesives and polymers. The new joint conference incorporates Polymeric Materials for Microelectronics and Photonics Application (POLY), Adhesives in Electronics and Polymeric Electronics Packaging (PEP).
There were 61 technical papers presented in 14 sessions. The participation of 197 attendees turned the conference into a powerful forum for experts to exchange their latest findings and ideas on different aspects of adhesives and polymers in microelectronic and photonics.
The conference attracted researchers and engineers from 20 countries of Europe, the US and Asia: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, USA.
Four short courses were held. A small table exposition with 10 exhibitors gave all attendees the possibility for direct discussions with material and equipment manufacturers.
The conference program covered a broad spectrum of polytronics, ranging from polymer electronic devices, photonic polymers, development and reliability of polymer materials and plastic packages, to conductive adhesives for semiconductor packages. Other sessions were devoted to enabling and encapsulation technologies, rigid and flex polymer substrates, advanced packages, and materials testing and characterization. The polymer electronic technology was one of the highlights of this year presentations.
The first day started with keynote lectures of internationally recognized experts. Dr. Hans Hofstraat from Philips (Netherlands) gave a deep insight to polymer electronics and its future impact on electronics industry. This was followed by presentation of Dr. Gen Murakami (Hitachi Cable, Japan) on state of the art packaging for mobile phones. The keynote session was complete by a presentation of Prof. Wolfgang Kowalsky (University Braunschweig, Germany) about OLED displays. The following days with two parallel sessions covered a wide range of recent developments in polymers and adhesives in the field of electronics packaging. A special session gave an overview of green polytronics.
At the get-together party all participants had the chance meet old friends and make new ones in a relaxed and amiable atmosphere. A social event took place in the historic setting of Cecilienhof Castle where the history of Potsdam is still alive. This visit was followed by a scenic boat ride including a banquet dinner. The conference was completed by a special workshop on European funding programs.
------submitted by Rolf Aschenbrenner
Johan Liu and Jim Morris in discussion during coffee break
Ephraim Suhir during his short course presentation
Ephraim Suhir in discussion with another attendee
Coffee break and exhibition
Rolf Aschenbrenner, general chair of Polytronic 2001, in discussion with Frank Ansorge
Jim Morris and Prof. Reichl
Carsten Nieland (Local Organizing Committee)
Nancy Kruse (Local Organizing Committee)