Previous symposia

The first symposium on coating took place in 2000. It has proved popular from the start, so we have held a symposium for our partners and customers annually.

Here you can see a summary of the lecture sets from past symposiums.

20. symposium in 2021


Wednesday, September 8th, 2021


10.00 am – 10.25 am 
COATEMA COATING MACHINERY GMBH, Thomas Kolbusch / Director Sales, Marketing, Technology, VP
10.25 am – 10.50 am

Spatial ALD: from Lab to Fab
SALD Netherlands, Erik Kremers, CTO / System Architect

10.50 am – 11.15 am  

NIR use in renewable technologies
LAMBDA TECHNOLOGY GERMANY, Gunther Ackermann / Managing Director

11.15 am – 11.35 am  

Live streaming:  Fuel cell ink coating at Coatema R&D centre

11.35 am – 11.45 am   Coffee break
11.45 am – 12.10 pm

New era of web tension PROFILE monitoring in coating lines

12.10 pm – 12.35 pm

Flexographic printing for technology markets and converting
KROENERT GMBH GERMANY, Andrea Glawe / Regional Sales Director

12.35 pm – 1.00 pm

HyFab – PEM FC MEA production research at Fraunhofer ISE
FRAUNHOFER ISE FREIBURG GERMANY, Linda Ney / Process Integration – Structuring and Metallization

1.00 pm – 1.30 pm Panel discussion
1.30 pm – 1.50 pm   Lunch break
1.50 pm – 2.15 pm  

Coatema Industry 4.0 solutions

2.15 pm – 2.35 pm  

Live streaming: Slot die coating trials at Coatema R&D centre

2.35 pm – 3.00 pm  

Industry 4.0 – Artificial intelligence for control of coating processes
PANDA GMBH GERMANY, Michael Welsch / Managing Director and Head of AI

3.00 pm – 3.25 pm  

Drying technologies

3.25 pm – 3.50 pm   Smart Glazing
TESA SE GERMANY, Dr. Daniel Klier / Lab Manager R&D Technology Center
3.50 pm – 4.10 pm

Live streaming: Registration trials at Coatema R&D centre

4.10 pm – 4.35 pm  

Pushing the boundaries of registration alignment using IoT and data analysis
COATEMA COATING MACHINERY GMBH GERMANY, Harmen Rooms / Manager R&D and Dr. Julian Koc-Richter / R&D Manager

4.35 pm – 4.50 pm   Panel discussion
4.50 pm – 5.10 pm   Closing Remarks / Q&A
Thomas Kolbusch / Director Sales, Marketing, Technology, VP and 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.
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Erik Kremers, CTO / System Architect

After studying Mechatronics in 1997 Erik became involved in various High Tech Systemprojects in the semiconductor market and industrial printing developments. Here hegained a lot of experience with high accuracy positioning systems and fast industrialrobots. In 2012 Erik switched as a system architect to SoLayTec. In addition to thetechnical challenges as CTO, he is gradually more and more involved with organizationaland business challenges, which has led to the establishment of SALD.

Gunther Ackermann   


Gunther Ackermann


 Inhelder Jorg FMS  

Jörg Inhelder, CEO

Born November 1960 in Zürich
Schools in Zürich area
1980 – 1984 ETH Zürich Msc Electrical
1985 – 1987 Reliance Electric (now Rockwell) development of DC and AC drives with first power transistors
1988 head of force measuring department at FAG Kugelfischer in Zürich
1993 buyout of department, establish FMS Force Measuring Systems AG
Since then CEO of FMS Force Measuring Systems AG

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Andrea Glawe, Regional Sales Director Asia-Pacific

Mrs. Andrea Glawe graduated in 1992 with the Master degree for „Technical textiles and process engineering“ at the Technical University of Chemnitz. She started her career as scientific assistant and project for the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. Greiz between and worked there until 2001.

From 2001 to 2011 she worked as Deputy Sales Director with responsibility for technical sales and project management at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH in Dormagen.

Between 2011 and 2012 she took her responsibility as R&D leader DRYTEC GmbH & Co KG in Norderstedt.

Between February 2012 and September 2015 Andrea Glawe worked as Director R&D for all R&D activities of the KROENERT group in Hamburg and was responsible for Business Development. Since October 2015 she is responsible as Regional Sales Director for the Asian / Pacific market at KROENERT.

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Linda Ney, Dipl.-Ing. Process Integration: Structuring and Metallization, Production Technology: Structuring and Metallization (PSM) 


Linda Ney received her diploma in the field of renewable energy systems from the technical university of Dresden. Since 2017 she works at Fraunhofer ISE, focusing on the optimization of screens for solar cell manufacturing. In 2019 she started her PhD about the development of industry-related production processes for PEM-fuel cells, as well as evaluating the composition and rheology of catalyst inks and pastes.



Dr. Jürgen Kreis

With degrees in electrical engineering and industrial engineering, Juergen has more than 25 years of experience managing business units and companies for complex technology solutions. He has a broad technical understanding and resilient networks in semiconductors, electrical and optical metrology, machine vision, computer science, AI, nano-materials, and other areas.

With his own consulting company MARU International Business Consulting he has been working as a consultant for medium-sized companies since 2010.  Addressed topics include the development of international sales organizations (esp. for Asian and NAFTA markets), M&A projects, identification of new technologies and suppliers, restructuring and intercultural competence. Since spring 2021, he is supporting Arendar IT-Security GmbH, responsible for sales and marketing as well as business development.

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Michael Welsch, CEO

Michael Welsch, is co-founder, CEO and head of AI at PANDA. After his mechanical engineering degrees, he worked in the automotive sector in the areas of development, failure analysis and process optimization and moved from there into research. In 2016, he started developing a new machine learning approach for monitoring and analyzing production processes, which led eventually to the spin-off of PANDA GmbH in 2018. PANDA GmbH specializes in the integration of AI in industrial manufacturing.


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Thomas Exlager, R&D Manager
Thomas Exlager studied Nano-Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen with his Bachelor in 2014 and Master in 2017.
During his studies he focused on optical and electrical characterization methods of Nanomaterials. In 2017 he joined Coatema as R&D Project Manager, coordinating 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.
In 2020 Thomas changed his role in Coatema to that of a junior scientist, focusing on coating, drying, and structuring processes for thin and thick film applications as well as mathematical process modeling.




Dr. Daniel Klier


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Harmen Rooms, Manager R&D
Harmen Rooms studied Applied Physics at the Fontys University in Eindhoven and received his Bachelor degree in 2003.
He worked at Philips N.V. in the field of electrooptical characterization of OLED devices and at OTB as measurement and analysis engineer. At TNO and Holst Centre he continued his work on OLEDs but also focused on modelling and optical simulations. During this time, he participated in the European Multiscale Modelling Platform (MMP) project. Harmen Rooms has co-initiated and worked on several local and European projects like CPV4All (Setting up pilot production of concentrated PV modules) and Clean4Yield (in-line measurement and yield control in Roll-to-Roll applications).
In 2018 he joined Coatema as Head of R&D Projects where he leads a team for coordination and execution of funded projects.




Erik Kremers



Spatial ALD from Lab to Fab

In all growth markets, maximum throughput at the lowest possible costs is essential for success!

SALD has developed a unique technology that makes this possible, which is protected by several patents. This technology has been incorporated into a compact machine that can be used for research as well as for small-scale production. It does not matter which material is involved: battery electrode, solar cell, OLED or foil. Moreover, SALD is the only company in the world that has the expertise to subsequently quickly and reliably upscale the Spatial ALD technology to high volume production.
In Spatial ALD (SALD) precursors are continuously supplied in different locations and kept apart by an inert gas region or zone. Film growth is achieved by exposing the substrate to the locations containing the different precursors. The process is very fast and compatible with fast-throughput techniques such as roll-to-roll (R2R), and is versatile and cheap to scale up. In addition, one of the main assets of SALD is that it can be performed at ambient pressure and even in the open air, while not compromising the deposition rate.


Gunther Ackermann  

Jörg Inhelder  


New era of web tension PROFILE monitoring in coating lines

Measurement of tension in web materials is well known since decades. The development focus was on precision of the loadcells and amplifiers with higher resolution, shorter cycle times and communication interfaces. State of the art is one loadcell on each side of an idler roller. Evaluation in the electronic unit can be sum / average of both signals or also independent evaluation of left/right signals. This allows an accurate measurement of the (overall) tension in a web. But it does not give any information about the lateral distribution of tension across the web. Although very often a web material does not have the same properties across the web (humidity in the material, thickness = gauge etc).

With production processes requiring tighter and tighter tolerances this information is no longer sufficient. Especially with wider webs one needs to ensure that the material properties are the same all over the web width. This can be measured by a multitude of loadcells across the web. With such a measurement (monitoring) device it is possible to do a real-time analysis of the tension profile / distribution across the web. You can also detect loose edges, one-side tension concentration, repeating patterns over time / length. This measurement is the base for improving previous (upstream) processes and in addition it allows the qualification of different rolls according to their consistency of tension across the web. The operator can influence the process based on the measurements (web guiding, banana rollers etc) and also document the results through standard interfaces. This new system, the FMS-segFORCE introduces a new era of web tension profile monitoring.


Andrea Glawe  


Flexo graphic printing for technology markets and converting

Flexibility and challenging solutions are required for coating lines. Printing processes are often integrated in converting lines to give added value to the machine. Logo print in silicone release liner coating lines is a standard solution and even pattern silicone application is realized within fast running coating lines. And flexo printing processes are used in challenging applications too such as design application for battery electrodes and even printed electronics applications. KROENERT will give with the presentation an overview about flexo graphic printing technology and application samples for high-speed converting machines but also for high-end solutions like printed electronics.


Linda Ney  


HyFab PEM fuel cell MEA production research at ISE

Today’s PEM fuel cell catalyst production research addresses the challenges of upscaling and optimizing the fabrication process, which includes increasing throughput rates while maintaining quality demands. Within the project HyFab we are addressing these challenges and establish production related competences in the field of hydrogen technologies together with the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). At Fraunhofer ISE, we are investigating the whole production line coming from the catalyst ink, applying flatbed screen printing and the transfer process to manufacture membrane electrode assemblies. Different ex-situ quality control measurements are shown to evaluate correlations of coated catalyst layer and catalyst ink properties. Finally, the fabricated fuel cells are characterized electrochemically during operation.




Dr. Jürgen Kreis


Michael Welsch    
Thomas Exlager  


Drying Technologies 

Industrial drying processes are generally driven empirically and finding the right drying conditions can be resource and time consuming. A general reduction in cost can be accomplished by understanding the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer to model the drying process and find a suiting starting point for empirical trials. Furthermore, general benchmarking of different drying methods (optical, convective, …) can be estimated through process modelling. This talk will cover the fundamentals and the application of high-performance convection drying and the advantages and disadvantages of optical drying methods in comparison. In addition, typical drying defects and their origin will be discussed as well as the advantages of typical solvents in ink formulation regarding the drying process.



Dr. Daniel Klier


Harmen Rooms



FP22 – Registration Offcode / VTT and data analysis (Brunel)

In the industry of printed electronics alignment of the printed structures is a mandatory aspect. The goal is to achieve registration alignment of 10 micrometer or better in the coming years. For more than 10 years, Coatema is working together with Offcode Oy. as a strategic partner to develop a registration system that meets the needs of the printed electronics industry. As part of several funded projects, such as REGAC, Smartonics, Supersmart and OLED Solar, Coatema has been working to improve the alignment accuracy by improving its machinery design. Now with advances in data collection of different conditions such as temperature, humidity and vibration, data analysis can be performed and will be the used to understand the error causes even better, thereby moving toward the needed accuracy for e.g. printed transistors.




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19th symposium in 2020


Wednesday, November 4th, 2020


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

10.25 am – 10.50 am
  Intermittent slot die coating of low viscous liquids

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

11.15 am – 11.25 am   Video: Process Part Easycoater

11.25 am – 11.35 am   Coffee break

11.35 am – 12.00 pm
  Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition, and its 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 Smartcoater

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 Click&Coat

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   New drying technologies

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.

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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.

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.

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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).


Nikolaus Grohl  
Marco Schneider Norman Kirst

Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Gröhl, DRYTEC GmbH & Co. KG

Marco Schneider

Norman Kirst



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.


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  
Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition, and its application in Li-ion Batterie

M. Ameen, L. Haverkate, F. Grob, B. Anothumakkool, F. Roozeboom, and S. Unnikrishnan

TNO-Holst Centre, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven, The Netherlands

key challenges in next-generation all-solid-state Li-ion battery technology are related to the energy and power densities required, fast charging constraints, battery lifetime, while keeping the cost low by high-volume manufacturing. A combination of high energy density anodes such as Si or Li, and Ni- or Li- rich cathodes 1,2 is necessary to achieve high energy densities.

However, many of such high-potential redox-chemistries lead to serious safety issues and degradation during cycling due to either oxidative or reductive instabilities 3, especially occurring at the electrode-electrolyte interface 4. The solution is to optimize the interfaces with chemically and mechanically-stable Li-ion conductive passivation layers depending on the Li-ion battery chemistry in order to mitigate the non-compatibility of the individual cell components. The interfacial stabilization layers can be formed either in-situ using electrolyte additives or ex-situ via chemical and physical methods. One option here is offered by atomic layer deposition (ALD) which is the preferred technique to achieve superior quality and 3D-conformal coatings with atomic-scale thickness precision.

However, conventional vacuum-based ALD is not compatible with the mainstay high-throughput roll-to-roll battery electrode production. Here, the large-area atmospheric-pressure spatial-ALD (s-ALD) technology -as established by TNO-Holst Centre several years- ago can offer prime solutions for various applications including thin-film batteries
5. A wide range of materials like metal oxides, nitrides, sulfides, and hybrid organic-inorganic materials are possible using s-ALD. In this talk, we will introduce the R2R upscalable spatial-ALD technology and its potential applications for batteries. Furthermore, we will discuss the latest results on our s-ALD grown thin film LiPON electrolyte having a Li-ion conductivity >10-7 S/cm, low electronic conductivity (<10-12 S/cm). Such electrolyte is also relevant for the development of protection layers in liquid and polymer electrolyte-based Li-ion batteries, as well as for enabling thin-film planar and 3D solid-state batteries with ultra-thin electrolyte layers.


1. S. Myung et al., ACS Energy Lett. 2, 196–223 (2017).
2. G. Assat and J. M. Tarascon, Nat Energy 3, 373–386 (2018).
3. H
. Ryu et al., Chem. Mater. 3 (30), 1155-1163 (2018).
4. D. Aurbach et al., Solid State Ionics 148, 405–416 (2002).
5. P. Poodt et al., Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 30, 010802 (2012).

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    

FlexFunction2Sustain: An Open Innovation Ecosystem for Sustainable Nano-functionalized Plastic and Paper Surfaces

Plastic and paper based materials are used in a wide range of daily life products. Their applications represent well established multi-billion Euro markets (e.g. packaging, furniture surfaces, membrane-based filter systems, medical products etc.). New business opportunities arise from replacing glass and metal by nano-functionalized plastic or paper surfaces in many products. 

FlexFunction2Sustain is the first European Initiative to support Plastics and Paper Processing Industry in overcoming challenges of improving environmental footprint and entering the digital age while offering new material functionalities through a sustainable Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB).  FlexFunction2Sustain connects complementary pilot lines to a set of 9 connected lab-2-fab facilities covering all major nano-surface processing techniques for (flexible) plastic and paper surfaces and membranes. 

This presentation will discuss technical challenges and solutions for sustainable plastic products based on bio-degradable or fully recyclable polymers. Considerations for a sustainable business model of an open innovation ecosystems will be presented as a basement to support innovative SMEs and industries by drastically reducing time and effort for proceeding through the innovation chain from a product idea to market success.

Werner Volk    

Prof. Thomas Gries    

Integrated functions from the line – smart composites manufactured continuously

Functional integration is one of the main aspects of future composite production. The full benefit of multilaminar materials can be achieved by integrating functions like structural health monitoring, conductive properties, and heating possibility. State of the art is time- and cost consuming application of electronic components for functionalisation. New technological approaches developed at ITA allows inline printing of electronic components from roll to roll in combination with tailored impregnation. 

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.



New drying technologies

The company Drytec is actively developing dryer technologies. In our präsentation we would like to show you our dryer types and the individual advantages. The nozzle has a great influence on the drying behaviour of different products. Here there are different performance data of the nozzles. Here, too, we would like to present them to you and show you the possible applications. In this area, we have developed a new overhead technology.



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14th symposium in 2014

13th symposium in 2012

Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Materials for Lightweight Construction - especially for Aircraft Applications"
Sebastian Steffen, Fraunhofer PYCO

"PrintoCent Factory - business development centre for Printed Intelligence"
Mikko Paakkolanvaara, VTT, Finland

"Spectral Reflectance and Transmittance: Process Monitoring with lab-like Certainty"
Chris Hellwig, Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH

"Roll-to-Roll encapsulation of OLED devices under inert conditions"
Dr Stefan Mogck. Fraunhofer IPMS

"Heraeus solutions for printed electronics"
Jürgen Weber, Heraeus Noblelight GmbH

"Continous fabrication of flexible electrochromic devices ba means of roll-to-roll coating and lamination - Results of the EU-funded large collaborative project INNOSHADE"
Dr. Uwe Posset, Fraunhofer ISC

"Measuring coating thicknesses in-line for QA and process control"
Dr. Nancy Hecker-Denschlag, omt - optische messtechnik GmbH

12th symposium in 2011

Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Materials for Lightweight Construction - especially for Aircraft Applications"
Sebastian Steffen, Fraunhofer PYCO

"100 % Surface inspection in coating applications"
Dr. Rudolf Krampe, ISRA Surface Vision GmbH

"Metrology Systems for Quality Control and Process Optimization in Film Production"
Hans Örley, Dr. Schenk GmbH

"Low temperature photonic sintering for printed electronics"
Peter Schullerer, Polytec GmbH

"Pump Systems"
Dr. Carsten Damerau, HNP Mikrosysteme GmbH

"Coatema 2011"
Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Prepreg Equipment for the future"
Jürgen Hanel, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"New approaches to printed PV"
Christoph Sele, Solar Press

"R2R compatible rapid electrical sintering of conductors"
Ari Alastalo, VTT

"Resin systems for fibre-reinforced composites"
Pavel Timoshkov, VIAM

11th symposium in 2010

Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Materials for Lightweight Construction - especially for Aircraft Applications"
Christoph Nowacki, RWTH Aachen -WZL

"Tungsten carbide lip slot-die for high precision coating"
Yusuke Furuya, Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

"Flexible polymer solar cells"
Dr. Birger Zimmermann, Fraunhofer ISE

"Measuring systems for thin film technologies"
Andreas Woerz, Keyence Deutschland GmbH

"Roll-to-roll process line for OLED lighting"
Dr. Stefan Mogck and Christian May, Fraunhofer IPMS

"UV-Systems for roll-to-roll printed electronic applications"
Rolf Müller, IST Metz GmbH

"Coatema 2010"
Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Inkjet - one pass roll-to-roll"
Dr. Kay Yeong, Xennia Technology Ltd.

"Narrow web corona treatment and the powerfactor"
Rob Hablewitz, Pillar Technologies

"The Smartcoater - a new R&D tool"
Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Surface cleaning of polymer films and other substrates"
Martin Streuli, Shinko Europe AG

10th symposium in 2009

Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Organic and Printed Electronics - Chances and Challenges"
Dr. Klaus Hecker, OE-A a working group within VDMA

"Gravure printing and other techniques for fabrication of polymer solar cells"
Dr. Monika Voigt

"InertCoater - Drying and Sintering in Inert Atmosphere for Sophisticated Applications"
Frank Sarnes, Sarnes Ingenieure OHG

"Technical Textiles"
Dr. Rolf-Dieter Hund, Technische Universität Dresden

"The right combination of machinery and transfer substrates for prepreg products"
Andrea Glawe, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH & Dr. Roland Wilberger, B. Laufenberg GmbH

"Coatema 2009"
Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Optical in-line inspection of base material and it´s coatings, with focus on solar application"
Hans Örley, Dr. Schenk GmbH Industriemesstechnik

"Simulation of an industrial belt dryer with regard to the gas phase mass transport"
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Schabel and Philip Scharfer, KIT Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

"High precision lamination of flexible foils"
Irene Kaashoek, TNO Holst Centre

"Conductive films and structures"
Dr. Daniel Rudhardt, Bayer MaterialScience AG

9th symposium in 2008

Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"OPERA, for the future of organic & large area electronics in Europe"
Ed van de Kienboom, Plastic Electronics Foundation

"Vision inspection on printed flexible circuits and coated surfaces"
Dr. Michel Popovic, IN-CORE Systems

"PEDOT: PSS for Conductive Coatings"
Dr. Timo Meyer-Friedrichsen, HC Starck GmbH

"Printed intelligence: novel applications and process issues"
Jukka Hast, VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland

"Solarcells Based on Textiles - An Access for The Energy Supply of Microsystems"
Dr. Uwe Möhring, TITV - Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e. V.

"Industrial Printing Beyond Color"
Dr. Andreas Willert, Chemnitz University of Technology

"Coatema 2008"
Thomas Kolbusch, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"Textile Preforms for endless fibre reinforced laminates and composites"
Dr. Heike Illing-Günther and Anja Schumann, Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V.

"Coating of active layers on high specialized yarns and filaments"
Andrea Glawe, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

"New low viscos silicon rubbers for slot die application"
Johann Müller, Wacker-Chemie AG

"Coating of steelplates, a new approach for structures optimized in weight"
Uwe Maurieschat, Fraunhofer Institut für Fertigungstechnik Bremen

8th symposium in 2007

"Advanced Coating Technologies for High Volume Fuel Cell Electrodes"
Jürgen Mergel, Forschungszentrum Jülich

"R2R Printing and Coating of Polymers for OLED Lighting"
Ike de Vries, TNO / Institute of Industrial Technology

"Global Solutions for Coating Innovations"
Michael Schuhmann, Clariant International AG

"Coating Windows of Slot Coaters Operating in Their Bead Coating Mode"
Prof. Dr. Durst, FMP Coating AG

"Singular Technology for the Production of Fire Resistant Glazing"
Dr. Valentino Villari, Scheuten Glasgroep

"Nanocoating close to the Market"
Moritz Graf zu Eulenburg, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH

7th symposium in 2006

"Organic Solar Cells at Fraunhofer ISE"
Dr. Michael Niggemann, Fraunhofer Institute

"Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells, technology and market requirements"
Dr. Christoph J. Brabec, Konarka

"DSSC Technology from Roll to Roll Process"
Paul Turney, Renewable Capital / G24 Innovations

"Nanotechnology for Functionalization of Textile Materials"
Torsten Textor, DTNW

"New functions of coating"
Andrea Glawe, COATEMA

"New Coatings on Denim"
Jürgen Hanel, Dystar

"Quality Control System, Qualiscan QMS-10A"
Mathias Wuhlbeck, Mahlo

"Near Infrared (NIR) enhances coating procedure"
Walter Becker, Fachhochschule Niederrhein

6th symposium in 2005

Micheal Pöhlig, TVI Association, Frankfurt a.M.

"Transferable coating results in any width"
Johannes P. Zimmer, Zimmer Austria

"Textile Coatings for digital printing materials"
Jör Bärlocher, Rowa AG

"Innovative building materials with Phase Change"
Dr. Barbara Pause, Textile Testing & Innovation LCC

"New Solution for New Markets"
Andrea Glawe, COATEMA

"Environment-friendly coatings based on Nanogate-Technology"
Rolf Danzebrink, Nanogate

"Electronic Textiles"
Karel Spee

"Nanotechnology in use"
Prof. Dr. Michael Stoll, Falk

"Medical devices and pharmaceutical products coated with pressure sensitive adhesives - an overview"
Jürgen Sigg, IVF Hartmann

5th symposium in 2004

"The China Threat to World Textile and Apparel Trade oder: Geht dem Drachen die Puste aus"
Hartmut Reetz, TVI-Verband e. V.

"Nanomaterialien in der praktischen Anwendung"
Dr. Nora Kunze, Nano-X GmbH

"Ein Messverfahren zur vollständigen Kontrolle der Flächenmasse von Beschichtungen während der Herstellung"
Gerhard Gärtner, Vacutec Messtechnik GmbH

"UV-Silikonisierung auf Folie und Papier"
Jürgen Pomorin, Degussa/Goldschmidt AG

"Durch Nanotechnologien und Beschichtungstechnologien zu neuen Produkten"
Prof. Dr. Schollmeyer, Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West e.V.

"Funktionelle Beschichtung von technischen Textilien mit neuen Beschichtungsrohstoffen"
Gerd Brandner, Ciba Spezialitätenchemie

"Entwicklung einer neuen Anlagen-Technologie zur Thermofixierung von Highdistance-Textilien"
Andrea Glawe, COATEMA & Jörg Eckert, Heraeus Nobelight GmbH

4th symposium in 2003

"Der Markt für beschichtete Textilien unter Berücksichtigung der kommenden EU-Stoffpolitik"
Hartmut E. Reetz, TVI-Verband e.V.

"Galvanische und elektrochemische Beschichtung von mit metallisierten Fäden mikrostrukturierten Flächen und deren Anwendung"
Dr. Uwe Möhring, TITV e. V. Greiz

"PU Revolution: die neuen Micro-Emmission Klebestoffe"
Dr. Claudia Meckel-Jonas, Henkel KGAA Düsseldorf

"Entwicklung von Beschichtungsverfahren zur Herstellung dünner Funktionsschichten"
Frank Apsel, ZEBES Wolfen

"Optimale Beschichtungsergebnisse durch präzise Walzentemperierung"
Andrea Glawe, COATEMA & Guido Schulte, Weinreich Industrie-Kühlung GmbH

"Infrarot Trocknung in der Textilveredlung – Grundlagen – Anwendung – Ausblick"
Jörg Eckert, Heraeus Nobelight GmbH

3rd symposium in 2002

"Die Märkte für beschichtete und laminierte, textile Werkstoffe – aktuelle Situation"
Hartmut E. Reetz, TVI-Verband e.V.

"Folien statt klassischer Lackierung in der Fahrzeugbeschichtung"
Dr. Horst Hintze-Brüning, BASF Coating AG

"Nutzen und Anwendung von spezifischen Faserausrüstungen für Spinnvlies"
Regina Köppe, Zschimmer+Schwarz

"100%ige emmissionsoptimierte Polyurethan-Systeme für die Streichapplikation"
Uwe Siebgens, Stahl Holland bv.

"Hocheffiziente Lufttrockner durch Elektrostatik"
Dr. Helma Abele, ITV Denkendorf

"Aufschmelzen und applizieren konventioneller und nachvernetzender Schmelzklebestoffe"
Christian Schwär, Robatech GmbH

"Der heutige und zukünftige Markt der Hotmelt-Rohstoffe"
Martin Schindler, Jowat Lobers & Frank

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