John Olenick - Flexible Sintered Roll Format Ceramic for Electronic Applications

Session 13: Substrates

Flexible Sintered Roll Format Ceramic for Electronic Applications
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
1:30 PM - 1:55 PM

Flexible electronics require better durability and reliability for improved lifetimes, under extreme conditions during manufacturing, or in operation. ENrG’s Thin E-Strate®, a lightweight, thin ceramic is an ultra-barrier for protecting moisture and air sensitive films, yet offers design opportunities as a support for flexible devices / circuits. In 2015, ENrG Incorporated initiated a roll-to-roll (R2R) flexible ceramic development for its Thin E-Strate® product to address a variety of electronic market applications. The path to R2R first required production scaling the ceramic to half its thickness - reaching 20 microns - and the development of both sheet and R2R laser cut processing of multiup imaged circuits. For the target product market opportunities of solid-state batteries, LED packaging, SOFCs, and OLEDs, a R2R ceramic would be revolutionary by offering high temperature capable benefits for continuous coating processing and for flexibility in final products.

This presentation describes the results of FlexTech Alliance funded projects enabling ENrG to reduce the thickness of Thin E-Strate® to ≤ 20μm, demonstrate laser cutting smaller substrates from larger ceramic sheets and from ceramic ribbons of varying widths from 11-35mm, and illustrate product demonstrations including solid-state batteries, flip-chipped LED flex circuit, OLEDs, sensors and flexible printed conductors.


Speaker's Biography

Mr. Olenick is a business entrepreneur with 28 years of corporate background in the electronics, ceramics, and energy industry segments spending part of his career at Westinghouse, Mobay Corporation, Rogers Corporation, Eastman Kodak, and Tyco Electronics. At ENrG, Mr. Olenick is responsible for strategy, funding, and vision of the corporation.

Mr. Olenick graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering. He has also studied business administration at both University of Johns Hopkins and at University of Connecticut. He has published 30 papers and holds 10 patents. Mr. Olenick recently graduated from SUNY at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Learning.


John Olenick
ENrG Incorporated