Thomas D. Anthopoulos is a Professor of Material Science and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. He received his B.Eng. and D.Phil. degrees from Staffordshire University in the UK. He then spent two years at the University of St. Andrews (UK), where he worked on organic semiconductors for application in light-emitting diodes before joining the Philips Research Laboratories in The Netherlands to focus on printable microelectronics. From 2006 to 2017, he held faculty positions at Imperial College London (UK), first as an EPSRC Advanced Fellow and later as a Reader and full Professor of Experimental Physics. His research interests are diverse and cover the development and application of novel processing paradigms and the physics, chemistry and application of advanced materials.
NanoManufacturing of Sustainable Circular Electronics
Sustainable manufacturing of goods is fast becoming an integral part of our societies. According to the United Nations, sustainable manufacturing can be defined as a form of manufacturing that meets "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." However, achieving industrial sustainability presents significant techno-economic challenges, especially for the high-tech industries. One example is the modern electronic industry, which is responsible for the world's fastest-growing waste stream (E-waste). As technological progress accelerates, the need to transform these key industries has become more urgent. Unfortunately, adapting existing manufacturing methods to emerging electronics is challenging. Despite the difficulties, many new products have been gaining ground, broadening the marketplace while simultaneously transforming the manufacturing infrastructure. This talk will discuss our recent work towards up-scalable nanomanufacturing of emerging optoelectronic devices. I will show how developing new patterning techniques with eco-friendly materials, and processing paradigms can lead to greener and more circular electronics. Particular emphasis will be placed on innovative device concepts for different applications ranging from photovoltaics and large-area electronics to innovative forms of chemical reactors for green hydrogen generation and energy storage.