Russell J. Schwartz
Chief Technology Officer
Sun Chemical Corporation
Russell J. Schwartz is the Chief Technology Officer, Sun Chemical Corporation. Russell earned both his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany. He started with Sun Chemical in 1981 as a Research Chemist and progressed through a series of technical management positions before being appointed Vice President, Colors Technology in 2002. In 2011, Russell was promoted to Chief Technology Officer.
Russell has co-authored technical publications on particle size analysis and the properties of interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). He has received 24 U.S. patents for his work in pigments, inks, and polymers during his career with Sun Chemical, with several more pending. He has lectured at Lehigh University for their advanced course on pigment technology. Additionally, in 2005 he received NAPIM’s Technical Associate Member (TAM) Service Award.
Beyond Color – Functional printing for The New Electronics Era
Functional printing for electronics generally refers to the use of traditional print methods including, screen, gravure, flexo, and digital (mostly ink jet) to produce electrically functional products, although new print methods are also being developed. Many applications have been the target of pioneering printed electronics innovators, including switches for HMI (human-machine interface), printed antennae, various sensors, heaters, touch screens, lighting, wireless power, wearable electronics, and others. The field of printed sensors and wireless communication has perhaps received the most attention recently due to the wide range of medical, safety, and security applications and the publicity surrounding Trillion Sensors and the Internet of Things. The advent of Industry 4.0, the digitization of manufacturing, heralds further increases in printed electronics. For example, a modern automobile may contain a multitude of antennae to facilitate communication within the vehicle and communication to external performance monitoring computers. Modern equipment of all kinds is now being developed to be web-enabled or enabled to communicate within a secure and defined environment. Newly constructed smart homes use electrical devices requiring antennae for wireless communication to control temperature, lighting, and security. The modern supply chain is also developing demands for printed electronics for sophisticated, real-time, inventory control. Conductive inks based on conventional silver, nanosilver, silver nanowires, carbon, graphite, and copper are available today while research on the use of new materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and other nanometals is proceeding in academic and industrial laboratories throughout the world. The keynote will address some of the main trends in printed electronics and perhaps provide insight into the electronic materials that will drive future advances in electronics manufacturing.
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