Claire Lepont - Manufacturing for Tunable, Flexible Polymer Substrates for Asset Monitoring

Session 24: Military & Security

Manufacturing for Tunable, Flexible Polymer Substrates for Asset Monitoring
Thursday, June 22, 2017 
2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

New devices and structures for Flexible Hybrid Electronics will depend on advances in multifunctional polymer substrates, inks, and printing approaches for rapid manufacturing. For example, the manufacturability of printed RF and MW electronics will be achieved by the development of scaled processes for the creation of tunable dielectric substrates and conductive patterning. In this work, the flexible tunable substrates were created by embedding barium strontium titanate (BST) nanoparticles in a variety of polymer matrices using the twin screw extrusion process. Extruded sheets were fabricated for printing using a continuous process. Dielectric properties were measured as a function of BST loading over the frequency range of 1-10 kHz. The dielectric constant of the composite substrates increased with increasing volume fraction of BST. The extruded sheets were characterized by contact angle for surface and wetting properties, by scanning electron microscopy to evaluate the dispersion of the filler into the polymer matrices, and for surface roughness. The development of a scalable manufacturing process for substrate fabrication and printing will lead to the design of the next generation adaptive printed RF and microwave components and devices for future asset monitoring systems.


Speaker's Biography

Claire Lepont is a nanocomposites and coatings specialist with extensive experience in the development of composite transparent conductive electrodes, especially for organic solar cells, as well as adhesives and coatings for the optoelectronics. She has a Master of Science degree in analytical chemistry from Wayne State University (2001) and more than 10 years of experience in research and development in the coating industry. She authored market research reports on transparent conductive coatings and on photovoltaics global markets and technologies that combined her technical and business acumen.

As a technical program manager for the Nanomanufacturing Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Claire strengthens collaborative research by leveraging an effective interaction with faculty members and industry and government partners. In this position, she is involved in defining the strategic direction of the Center, enabling funding of partnerships through identifying project opportunities, creating teams, assistance in writing of proposals, and managing project execution.


Claire Lepont
University of Massachusetts, Lowell