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NanoKTN and JEMI Host Workshop to look at packaging and integration challenges

For Micro & Nano-enabled Sensors, 21st January 2010 – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Didcot.

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced the date of the 21st of January for its next micro and nano-enabled sensors workshop. This follows on from a series of collaborations with JEMI and the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN.

The workshop will look at the challenges of integrating micro and nano-enabled sensors into suitably packaged systems for real commercial applications. Presentations from key players in the industry, including Zarlink, Optocap and BAE Systems will highlight these market opportunities when novel technologies are exploited.

Today, micro and nano-enabled sensors are a key part of many high value product markets but their development presents unique and specific challenges, especially to those in the medical, military and communication sectors. However, the development of these sensors is essential to enable greater functionality, efficiency and security in high value product design. A key challenge in the adoption of these technologies is being able to connect the active sensor device or sub assembly to a general-purpose circuit board or suitable probe device for onward product integration.

The Packaging and Integration Challenges for Micro & Nano-enabled Sensors workshop has been designed to stimulate the formation of the complete supply chain, for successful implementation of nanotechnology in these industry sectors.

"This workshop will be looking at and evaluating all the issues of the supply chain for the nanotechnology industry looking to supply the packaging market," explains Alec Reader, Director of the NanoKTN. "The workshop will examine the challenges faced in designing, packaging and integrating micro and nano-enabled sub-components into robust systems and will be very relevant to any companies or individuals working in this area."

The workshop will consist of a number of presentations, followed by a group-discussion, aimed at exploring the key areas, which need to be further addressed. A table-top exhibition will run throughout the day offering unique opportunities to show-case products and services. Delegates are also encouraged to join the speakers and organisers at the pre-event dinner which will provide an exceptional opportunity to have pre-event discussions and to network in more relaxed surroundings.

All sectors of the packaging supply chain are encouraged to register for the workshop, to learn more about how the UK is developing applications in the packaging field. Further information can be found on the website at www.nanoktn.com.

Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.

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