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Posted on June 18, 2012 by  & 
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NovaCentrix Chief Scientist, Dr. Kurt Schroder, inventor of the year

NovaCentrix, the leader in photonic curing tools and innovative conductive inks for printed electronics, is pleased to announce that Chief Scientist Dr. Kurt Schroder has been named 2012 Inventor of the Year by the Texas State Bar.
Dr. Schroder received the prestigious award based on the range and depth of his body of patents in their economic impact to Texas as well as on the judging panel's assessment of their value to society. His work includes ergonomic grip improvements to hand tools and sporting equipment, numerous innovations in nanotechnology materials and applications, and most recently the development of the photonic curing process enabling advanced printed electronics.
His work has collectively resulted in nearly half a billion dollars in revenue and the creation of numerous jobs.
"We're tremendously honored to have Dr. Schroder on our team at NovaCentrix," said CEO Charles Munson. "His creativity and real-world technical insights are exceptional." "I appreciate the recognition from the Texas State Bar," said Dr. Schroder. "I want to express my deepest gratitude to my colleagues at NovaCentrix for working with me in converting these concepts into practical and economical products, addressing real problems."
Dr. Schroder is one of the earliest members of the initial company, having joined in 2000.
Photonic curing utilizes proprietary flash lamps for processing high-temperature materials on low-temperature substrates, and is ideal for drying, sintering, annealing, and reacting functional materials of interest in the emerging printed electronics industry. NovaCentrix has commercialized photonic curing into the state-of-the-art PulseForge® tools.
Unlike traditional oven technologies, PulseForge tools selectively heat thin films to very high temperatures using microsecond-scale flash lamp pulses without damaging low temperature substrates, such as polymers and paper. By adjusting the pulse attributes via touch-screen interface, temperature profiles in the film and substrate can be closely controlled and optimized to achieve high-performance properties at high-speed roll-to-roll processing rates. These capabilities are critical for customers developing new applications in photovoltaics, RFID, displays, sensors, and batteries.
Dr. Schroder's efforts have resulted in issued patents on photonic curing in the US, Canada, and China to date with numerous patents pending worldwide including in the EU and Japan.
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