4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Thermosets Hard at Work in Your Smart Phone



You might not think that chemistry and polymer processing is a key part of the manufacturing of electronic devices, but without sophisticated polymers and advanced processing techniques, today’s electronic devices would not be possible. There are a wide variety of polymers used in the typical smart phone. These include epoxy resins for printed circuit boards, adhesives to attach semiconductor chips to substrates, and polymer coatings to protect devices from moisture and dirt. The presentation will provide an overview of the types of polymers and processing techniques used in smart phone applications. Some of the thermoset chemistries used in include epoxies, acrylics, bismaleimides, and UV cured thermosets. Processing methods such as adhesive and underfill dispensing as well as lamination for multilayer circuit boards will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the structure-property-processing relationships required to make mobile devices highly reliable.


Jeff Gotro, Ph.D., is the President and Founder of InnoCentrix, LLC.  InnoCentrix proves a wide range of consulting services to the polymer industry.  Jeff helps his clients “turn polymers into profits” with a focus on improving the financial performance by reducing the time to market for new products, process optimization, developing new business opportunities and managing Intellectual Property.  Jeff has over thirty two years’ of experience in polymers having held scientific and leadership positions at IBM, AlliedSignal, Honeywell International, National Starch Electronic Materials as VP of R&D (Ablestik Laboratories and Emerson and Cumming), and InnoCentrix. Jeff brings to his clients a solid proficiency in managing the research, development and commercialization of new products. He has consulting experience with over 40 clients ranging from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. His unique combination of deep technical knowledge and business experience allow him to drive projects to commercial success.

Jeff holds 15 issued US Patents and has 4 patent applications currently filed and pending in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has published four book chapters including Thermosets with Dr. R Bruce Prime in Encyclopedia of Polymer Science & Technology, John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Jeff has published over 50 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Northwestern University with a specialty in polymer science (polymer chemistry, physics, and characterization).

PRESENTATION: Thermosets Hard at Work in Your Smart Phone

Jeff Gotro, Ph.D / President & Founder, Innocentrix. LLC