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Das 19. internationale Symposium für Beschichten, Drucken und Laminieren.

2020 wird das Symposium zum 19. Mal stattfinden und wir möchten Sie herzlich einladen, am 4. November 2020 an dieser Veranstaltung teilzunehmen.



Wednesday, November 4th, 2020


10.00 am – 10.25 am 
COATEMA COATING MACHINERY GMBH, Thomas Kolbusch – Vice President

10.25 am – 10.50 am
  New drying technologies

10.50 am – 11.15 am   High speed inkjet printing – A system integration perspective

11.15 am – 11.25 am   Video: Process Part 1

11.25 am – 11.35 am   Coffee break

11.35 am – 12.00 pm
  Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition, and it application in Li-ion Batteries

12.00 pm – 12.25 pm
  Nanocellulose as sustainable packaging substrates

12.25 pm – 12.50 pm
  Wearable patches for vital sign monitoring

12.50 pm – 1.20 pm   Panel discussion

1.20 pm – 1.23 pm   Video: Process Part 2

1.25 pm – 1.50 pm   Lunch break

1.50 pm – 2.15 pm   FF2S – Intelligent packaging

2.15 pm – 2.40 pm   Fuel cell converting technologies

2.40 pm – 3.05 pm   Integrated functions from the line – smart composites manufactured continuously

3.05 pm – 3.35 pm   Panel discussion

3.35 am – 3.38 pm   Video: Process Part 3

3.40 pm – 4.05 pm   Enabling intelligence in nano-manufacturing of
organic & printed electronics by in-line metrology and control


4.05 pm – 4.30 pm   Intermittent slot die coating of low viscous liquids

4.30 pm – 4.45 pm   Closing Remarks / Q&A
Thomas Kolbusch / all


Thomas Kolbusch  

Thomas Kolbusch, Vice President, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

Thomas Kolbusch is Vice President of Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, an equipment manufacturing company for coating, printing and laminating solutions located in Dormagen, Germany.

He is member of the board of the OE-A (Organic Electronic Association) in Germany, a global association for printed electronics.

He serves in the advisory board of Fraunhofer ITA institute.

He served as member of the board of COPT.NRW, a local association in Germany, as well as exhibition chair of the LOPEC in Munich for five years. Thomas is active in the field of fuel cells, batteries, printed electronics, photovoltaics and medical applications. He organizes the international Coatema Coating Symposium for over 19 years and represents Coatema in a number of public funded German and European projects.
Thomas Kolbusch studied Business Economics at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences and got his degree as business economist in 1997. He started his career at 3M, Germany. Since 1999 he is working for Coatema Coating Machinery in different positions.





Shahzad Khan  

Dr. Shahzad Khan

Shahzad Khan graduated with BSc in Physics, MSc in Electronics and PhD in Mechatronics Engineering in 1999, 2001 and 2008 respectively and has more than 18 years of experience in high tech industries (semiconductor, healthcare, automotive, digital printing).
For the past 8 years, he is working at NTS as Sr. Business Developer for support customer who are looking for customized industrial inkjet printer or printer modules.

Sandeep Unnikrishnan  


Dr. Sandeep Unnikrishnan

Dr. Sandeep Unnikrishnan is the R&D Program Manager for next generation battery technology development. He has an engineering background on manufacturing technology, and later did his PhD on micro structured fuel cells. He has more than 17 years’ experience in technology development for multitude of devices, including organic electronics, fuel-cells and batteries. He has filed over 20 patents, authored 17 publications in peer reviewed journals, and several more conference publications. In 2016, he complemented his technical expertise with business knowhow by completing an executive MBA.

Dr Dimitrios Kourkoulos    


Dr. Dimitrios Kourkoulos

Dr. Dimitrios Kourkoulos studied Chemistry at the University of Cologne and received his diploma in 2006. During his Ph.D.-studies that he completed in 2015 he focused on the characterisation and optimization of solution processed thin film devices. He worked as a Project & Technology Manager at the COPT Centre, a German research and technology transfer institute. During this time, he coordinated and participated in several national founded projects with a focus on printed electronics and the analysis of surface and coating defects. In 2019 he joined Coatema as R&D Project Manager and coordinates national and European funded projects related to upscaling of roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet processes for sustainable packaging, battery applications and nanoimprint lithography.

Milan Saalmink HolstCentre    


Ing. Milan Saalmink

Milan Saalmink received his BSc in Polymer  Chemistry in 2000 at the Fontys University of Applied Science Venlo, the Netherlands. After finishing his internship in 2000, he joined Philips Research to work on polymer-based thin films. Application of these films were in LCD displays, multilayer data storage,  microcontact printing and a number of projects on sensor applications. In 2007, he joined TNO as a process engineer on integration technologies. Since 2015 he is working as a senior process engineer on hybrid printed electronics, in the field of wearable electronics. Within the wearable electronics team, technologies and applications for medical patches and integration of electronics into garment are developed.



Dr John Fahlteich  

Dr. John Fahlteich

Dr. John Fahlteich (male) was born 1981 and graduated from the University of Leipzig with a diploma in physics in 2005. In 2010, he earned a PhD from the Technical University of Chemnitz with a thesis about vacuum deposited permeation barrier layers.
In total, he has now 15 years of experience in Roll-to-Roll Thin Film Coating on Plastic Web. John is a Research Group Leader in the Business Unit „Plasma Technology” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden, Germany.
As of today, he published over 40 papers, conference contributions and patents as well as three book chapters in the field. John is currently principal consortium coordinator of three Horizon 2020 funded EU Projects (Switch2Save, NanoQI, and the Open Innovation Test Bed FlexFunction2Sustain).

Werner Volk  


Werner Volk

Education: Diplom Ingenieur (FH) Maschinenbau, MBA

More than 20 years of experience in packaging machines. Looking for new applications and technology transfer from packing to manufacturing and stacking of fuel cells etc.


  • Mechanical Designer at ebm-Papst (Fan and motor manufacturer)
  • Mechanical Design
    Project Engineering and Project Mangement at Kugler (Packaging machines)
  • Sales and Project Mangagement at Harro Höfliger (Packaging machines)
  • Product Management
    Director New Applications at OPTIMA (Packaging Machines)
Prof Thomas Gries    


Prof. Thomas Gries

Thomas Gries, born in Cologne, Germany, in 1964, studied at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He holds a diploma degree in mechanical engineering and economics and a doctorate in mechanical engineering.

From 1995 to 2001, he worked at Lurgi Zimmer AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, at the Department of Technologies for Fibres&Textiles in leading positions.

From April 2001 onwards, he is Director of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University. The honoris causa Professorship of Lomonossow University is the most distinguished scientific award of Russia given for his achievement of tailored reinforcements.

The ITA was established in 1934 and is one of the world’s leading research establishments. Its fields of research consist in man-made fibre technology, staple fibre processing, fabric production, technical textiles & composites, medical textiles & biomaterials as well as in smart textiles & joining technologies. With a budget of 15 million € and a staff consisting of 110 scientists, 65 technicians and administration staff and more than 200 graduate researchers ITA is leading in the digitalization of the textile sector.


Thomas Gries presently is

  • Member of National Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (acatech),
  • Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Science,
  • Member of the scientific advisory committee of the “Zukunftsinitiative Textile NRW (ZiTex)” and other institutions,
  • Evaluator DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as of other national and international project funding organisations,
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH),
  • Member of editorial board of several highly ranked scientific journals and conferences


Asst. Prof. Argiris Laskarakis

Head of the Organic Electronics Group of Nanotechnology Lab LTFN

Asst. Prof. A. Laskarakis has graduated from the Physics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He finalized his PhD at 2005, and his Thesis is focused on the investigation of the optical properties of inorganic and organic nanostructured materials for advanced applications.

He is specialist in Flexible Organic & Printed Electronics nanomaterials (organic semiconductors, transparent electrodes, barriers for encapsulation) and devices (e.g. organic photovoltaics, organic thin film transistors) by vacuum and printing methods. Also, he is expert in optical metrology of inorganic, organic and hybrid nanostructured materials by Optical Spectroscopy methods as well as on the computational modelling of optical properties of nanomaterials and thin films.
He has worked as a Senior Researcher in more than 14 EU funded R&D projects, whereas he is General Manager of 3 H2020 Projects in cutting edge subjects in the development of materials, processes and devices of Flexible Organic Electronics (CORNET, RealNano, MUSICODE). His work includes more than 85 peer-reviewed publications in International Scientific Journals, 4 book chapters, more than 130 presentations in International Scientific Conferences. Finally, since
2008 he is responsible for the organization of the International Symposium on Flexible Organic Electronics (ISFOE).

Klaus Peter Crone  

Dr. Klaus Peter Crone

Klaus Peter Crone received his PhD in physics and astronomy from University Bonn in 1984. As head of the divisions „process analysis 2” at Bayer AG and „measurement and analysis” at Agfaphoto GmbH he developed customized coating and analysis techniques for the photographic and pharmaceutical industry. Since 2009 as head of R&D at Coatema he focused on various coating and drying techniques especially slot die coating. Retired in 2015 he now works at Coatema for R&D and special tasks.



Dr. Shahzad Khan  

High speed inkjet printing – A system integration perspective

In recent years, several markets (e.g. coating) are adopting integrated digital technologies to print functional layer which is pushing Inkjet technology to achieve high speed (> 100 meter/min) with drop placement accuracies (+/- 10 micrometers). This induces challenges (amongst others) with respect to vibrations of mechanical modules (print bar), high flow rate in the ink delivery system and power supplies requirements for fast print head activation. In this presentation, we elaborate the challenges along with the its effects and propose a solution space from a system integration perspective to achieve high speed printing with desired accuracy.

Dr. Sandeep Unnikrishnan    

Dr. Dimitrios Kourkoulos  

Nanocellulose as sustainable packaging substrates

The development of sustainable packaging materials with lower environmental impact is an urgent need of our society. Although significant improvements have been made, it is still challenging to achieve a trade-off between eco-friendliness and both, low production costs and sufficient packaging performance. One promising material that might succeed in creating this balance is nanocellulose - a nature-derived and renewable nanomaterial that shows excellent mechanical and barrier properties. However, using nanocellulose it is quite challenging to obtain homogeneous defect free layers. The unexceptionally high viscosity and thixotropic behaviour of nanocellulose based solutions makes it difficult to deposit this material with standard coating methods. Furthermore, another crucial aspect is the high solvent content of the typical nanocellulose solution (between 99 and 95%), causing very high demands for the drying process. 

We will present our results regarding process development for this demanding material. Using innovative drying technology and optimized coating methods we were able to implement the fabrication of nanocellulose coated paperboard at pilot scale.

Ing. Milan Saalmink  

Printed electronics for wearable applications

This presentation will explain the work performed at Holst Centre in the field of printed electronics for wearable applications. Using screen printing of stretchable pastes onto stretchable substrates, prototypes for medical and garment applications are being developed. For this, a good insight in material performance is needed, ranging from stretchability of the paste and substrate to e.g. performance of the electrodes to measure heartbeat and ECG signals. Together with our partners and customers, we work together to further improve these mat gain more insight in current materials and develop new applications.

Dr. John Fahlteich    

Werner Volk    

Prof. Thomas Gries    

Asst. Prof. Argiris Laskarakis    

Enabling Intelligence in Nano-manufacturing of Organic & Printed Electronics by In-Line Metrology and Control

The reliable manufacturing of flexible Organic Electronic devices by large scale Roll-to-Roll printing processes is largely dependent on the homogeneous and reproducible fabrication of printed nanomaterials with stable functional properties (optical, electrical, structural) and interface quality over large areas. In this presentation, we report our results for the reliable manufacturing of printed nanomaterials and devices for Organic and Printed Electronic devices, based on the implementation of intelligent in-line optical metrology tools. Moreover, we report on the development of intelligent modelling procedures that can extract from single very fast optical in-line measurements significant information such as film quality, morphology, degradation traces and film thickness.

Dr. Klaus Peter Crone  

Intermittent slot die coating of low viscous liquids

Slot dies originally have been invented for uniform, endless, full area coatings. Their dedicated advantages to be a premetered closed system are more and more requested as well for intermittent coatings, e.g. in the battery industry. The main problem of intermittent slot die coating, namely the successive fast start and stop of the coating process, has meanwhile been solved quite satisfyingly for rather high viscous slurries. For low viscous liquids there are still problems to achieve well defined coating edges. A new method is presented, still being in development, to overcome such issues.


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