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From curing to sensing using microwave energy

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Marc Desmulliez from Heriot-Watt University is going to share his recent research and development work in the microwave energy application area with us. Microwave curing over the years has been an essential manufacturing process in many applications ranging from oil and gas extraction, paper drying and, of course, food processing. Marc’s talk will present the design, simulation and test of a novel microwave applicator used to cure paste material in microelectronics packaging. The same device was also tested as a microwave sensor for the detection of water ingress in food products, resulting in hundred of thousands of pounds of savings per year in reduction of wastage. The seminar will offer the perfect opportunity to travel across the various technology readiness levels of what was originally a very basic idea for hyperthermia.

Marc Desmulliez is the professor and head of the Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. He has pioneered over 5 new manufacturing processes and holds 8 patents related to them and their applications. He has co-authored over 387 journal articles and conference proceedings and written a book on hermeticity testing. His research interests range form microsystems packaging, novel manufacturing processes to the application of microwave engineering in manufacturing. More recently, he has started looking at the translation of natural processes to traditional manufacturing processes, an example of which is the application of artificial photosynthesis for the growth of metal tracks onto non conductive surfaces.

This talk is part of the Manufacturing Research Forum series.

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