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Posted: December 5, 2007
Unidym's CTO, Dr. Paul Drzaic, Speaking at Fraunhofer IZM Munich Forum 2007 'be-flexible' Thin Semiconductor Devices
(Nanowerk News) Unidym, Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ARWR), announced that Unidym's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Paul Drzaic, will be presenting an invited lecture today at the Fraunhofer IZM Munich Forum 2007 'be-flexible' Thin Semiconductor Devices on December 05, 2007. Dr. Drzaic's presentation, "Is there a Role for Silicon Microelectronics in an Increasingly-flexible World?" will take a broad view of the emergence of flexible electronic devices, and compare the potential of incumbent silicon technologies with emerging microelectronic technologies. He will also describe how novel materials, like Unidym's carbon nanotube devices, enable a number of new flexible product applications in this increasingly important area of technology. The 'be-flexible' Forum was initiated by Fraunhofer IZM Munich to face present and future challenges concerning research, technology, integration, manufacturing and trends in the fast evolving world of flexible electronics.
"There is more and more interest worldwide in flexible electronics for a variety of applications such as flat panel displays, photovoltaics, wireless devices, and sensors," said Dr. Drzaic. "Much of the development work in these areas has focused on non-traditional electronic materials (such as organic semiconductors), as most readily compatible with flexible devices. Still, there are massive industries that are well-served by silicon, which will pay more attention to flexible devices as the markets for these products grow. I will examine a number of applications where competitive efforts between traditional silicon and non-traditional materials are underway."
The goal of Fraunhofer IZM Munich is to bring research results in the areas of polytronic systems, micromechanics, actuators and fluidics, Si technology and vertical system integration, chemical sensors and bioanalytics, and the analysis and testing of integrated systems into usable processes and market-ready products quickly and efficiently, that is, to implement prototype systems and services and make them useful for industry. (www.izm-m.fhg.de/en/)
Dr. Paul S. Drzaic, a recognized expert in the field of flexible electronics technology and several areas of materials science, is Chief Technology Officer of Unidym, Inc., working on the commercialization of carbon nanotubes for electronic devices and other applications. Previously, he has held the positions of Vice President for Advanced Development at Alien Technology Corporation, Director of Technology at E Ink Corporation, and Principal Scientist at Raychem Corporation. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University, and a BS in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Drzaic's professional career has spanned development efforts in novel display technologies, flexible electronics, and RFID technology. He is author of the 1995 book Liquid Crystal Dispersions, a comprehensive review of polymer dispersed liquid crystal technology, as well as 19 journal publications, 51 US patents, and over 20 articles in conference and popular publications. He is a winner of the 2002 National Team Innovation Award from the American Chemical Society, as well as an Editor's Choice award for the R&D 100 awards for 2001. Drzaic is currently President-Elect of the Society for Information Display, has been on the SID Board of Directors for five years, and has served as General or Program Chair for four major SID conferences. Drzaic also has held several leadership positions within the Materials Research Society, including his current position as Chair of the Editorial Board of the MRS Bulletin, and serving as a Meeting Chair for the Spring 2006 MRS meeting. He has also sat on technical advisory boards for four different university-based US Nationals Science Foundation Materials Research Centers.
About Unidym, Inc.
Unidym (www.unidym.com) is a leader in the manufacture and application of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a novel material with extraordinary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. Unidym provides bulk materials, CNT-enabled products, and intellectual property to a wide range of customers and business partners. As a result of its recent merger with CNI, Unidym possesses a foundational patent portfolio that covers nearly every aspect of CNT manufacturing and processing as well as multiple product applications.
Unidym is focused on the electronics industry where its initial products include transparent electrodes for touch screens, flat panel displays, solar cells, and solid state lighting; electrodes for fuel cells; and thin film transistors for printable electronics. Unidym is also pursuing a cross-industry partnership strategy to capture value from the wide ranging uses of CNTs. Unidym's licensing program, technical expertise and manufacturing facilities can enable partners to rapidly develop CNT solutions for their specific applications. Unidym is a majority-owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ARWR). For more information about Arrowhead, please visit www.arrowheadresearch.com.
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