Inkjet-/3D-/4D- Printed Autonomous Flexible  Wireless Modules for IoT, Smart Agriculture, Smart Cities and  Smart Food/Liquid Quality Monitoring Applications

Abstract

n this talk, inkjet-/3D-printed flexible antennas, RF electronics and sensors fabricated on paper and other polymer (e.g.LCP) substrates are introduced as a system-level solution for ultra-low-cost mass production of Millimeter-Wave Modules for Communication, Energy Harvesting and Sensing applications. Prof. Tentzeris will briefly touch up the state-of-the-art area of fully-integrated wireless sensor modules on paper or flexible LCP and show the first ever 2D sensor integration with an RFID tag module on paper, as well as numerous 3D and 4D multilayer paper-based and LCP-based RF/microwave structures, that could potentially set the foundation for the truly convergent wireless sensor ad-hoc networks of the future with enhanced cognitive intelligence and “rugged” packaging. Prof. Tentzeris will discuss issues concerning the power sources of “near-perpetual” RF modules, including flexible miniaturized batteries as well as power-scavenging approaches involving thermal, EM, vibration and solar energy forms. The final step of the presentation will involve examples from mmW wearable (e.g. biomonitoring) antennas and RF modules, as well as the first examples of the integration of ultrabroadband (Gb/sec) inkjet-printed nanotechnology-based communication modules as well as wireless (e.g.CNT) sensors on paper and organic substrates for Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and smart agriculture/ smart food and liquid monitoring applications. It has to be noted that the talk will review and present challenges for inkjet-printed organic active and nonlinear devices as well as future directions in the area of environmentally-friendly (“green”) RF electronics and “smart-skin’ conformal sensors.

 

‘’ Professor Manos M. Tentzeris is Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics with School of ECE, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. He has published more than 650 papers in refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings, 5 books and 25 book chapters, while owing 14 patents. Dr. Tentzeris has helped develop academic programs in 3D/inkjet-printed RF electronics and modules, flexible electronics, origami and morphing electromagnetics, Highly Integrated/Multilayer Packaging for RF and Wireless Applications using ceramic and organic flexible materials, paper-based RFID’s and sensors, wireless sensors and biosensors, wearable electronics, “Green” electronics, energy harvesting and wireless power transfer, nanotechnology applications in RF, Microwave MEM’s, SOP-integrated (UWB, multiband, mmW, conformal) antennas and heads the ATHENA research group (20 researchers). He has served as the Head of the GT-ECE Electromagnetics Technical Interest Group, as the Georgia Electronic Design Center Associate Director for RFID/Sensors research and as the Georgia Tech NSF-Packaging Research Center Associate Director for RF Research and the RF Alliance Leader.  He was the recipient/co-recipient of the 2017 Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award, the 2017 Archimedes IP Salon Gold Medal, the 2016 Bell Labs Award Competition 3rd Prize, the 2015  IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation Premium Award, the 2014 Georgia Tech ECE Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, the 2014 IEEE RFID-TA Best Student Paper Award, He was the TPC Chair for IEEE IMS 2008 Symposium and the Chair of the 2005 IEEE CEM-TD Workshop and he is the Vice-Chair of the RF Technical Committee (TC16) of the IEEE CPMT Society. He is the founder and chair of the RFID Technical Committee (TC24) of the IEEE MTT Society and the Secretary/Treasurer of the IEEE C-RFID. He is the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging and International Journal on Antennas and Propagation. Dr.Tentzeris was a Visiting Professor with the Technical University of Munich, Germany for the summer of 2002, a Visiting Professor with GTRI-Ireland in Athlone, Ireland for the summer of 2009 and a Visiting Professor with LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, France for the summer of 2010. He has given more than 100 invited talks to various universities and companies all over the world. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of URSI-Commission D,  a member of MTT-15 committee,  an Associate Member of EuMA, a Fellow of the Electromagnetic Academy and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Prof. Tentzeris served as one of the IEEE MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lecturers from 2010-2012 and he is one of the IEEE CRFID Distinguished Lecturers.’’

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