Alpha and The National Graphene Institute Sign Collaborative Partnership Agreement to Develop Graphene-Based Electronics Materials
Alpha, the world leader in the production of electronic bonding materials, today announced a collaborative partnership with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester to develop next generation Graphene-Based Electronic Materials for the Electronics Assembly & Packaging, as well as for the Energy and Power Market Segments.
The collaboration is a multi-year effort and focuses on how to utilize these innovative soldering materials in applications where components must meet higher connectivity, mobility and sustainability requirements. Graphene-based materials provide significant improvement in thermo-mechanical reliability that are particularly useful in the Energy and Power industries.
“Alpha is very excited and proud to be a part of this groundbreaking institution”, said Richard J. Ertmann, President of Alpha. “As a key contributor and collaborator, we look forward to the many innovative and new technologies and applications for Graphene in our products and marketplaces. Alpha is very thankful to The University of Manchester for this opportunity to work closely with their highly respected and creative scientists and technicians.”
NGI chose Alpha as a partner because of their long-term commitment to product development. “We look forward to working with Alpha on this exciting new project”, said James Baker, Graphene Business Director at The University of Manchester. “This collaboration and partnership is another significant step forward to realising the next generation of graphene-based electronic materials and Alpha are a welcome addition to our ever expanding partnerships with industry. Since the opening of the £61m National Graphene Institute we are now seeing a significant acceleration in engagement with industry and an increasing number of industry partners now working on graphene projects. With the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, which will be completed in 2017 also located in Manchester, the University of Manchester continues to play a leading role in the commercialisation of graphene”.
Dr. Bawa Singh, EVP for Technology and Corporate Development at Alpha commented, “Working with NGI at the University of Manchester, I believe affords us many exciting and unique opportunities to innovate and develop next generation materials. The synergies resulting from Alpha’s global presence as a leading supplier of Electronic Materials coupled with Manchester’s Technology prowess and the unrivalled equipment and facilities at NGI will enable us to make substantial contributions to next generation materials in Electronic Systems”.
The use of graphene-based technologies is expected to be used for broader applications across Alpha’s diverse product portfolio and affiliate companies.
About The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of British universities, is the largest and most popular university in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. The University of Manchester is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated fifth in the UK in terms of ‘research power’ (REF 2014), and has had no fewer than 25 Nobel laureates either work or study there. The University had an annual income of £886 million in 2013/14. www.manchester.ac.uk
About The National Graphene Institute
The National Graphene Institute is a £61m world-leading centre for graphene research and commercialization, where academics and industry partners can work side by side on the applications of tomorrow. The University currently has more than 40 commercial partners and more than 235 graphene and related 2D materials researchers. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the European Regional Development Fund. www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk
Alpha, a business unit of Alent plc, is the global leader in the development, manufacturing and sales of innovative specialty materials used in a wide range of industry segments, including electronics assembly, power electronics, die attach, LED lighting, photovoltaics, semiconductor packaging, automotive and others.
With a unique global presence in over 30 locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, Alpha supplies a full line of ALPHA® electronics assembly material products, including Solder Paste, Exactalloy® Solder Preforms, Cored Solder Wire Solder, Wave Soldering Fluxes, Bar Solder Alloys, and Stencils. It offers die attach product technologies to the power electronics segment in its Argomax®, Atrox™, Maxrel™, and Fortibond™ brands.
For the LED segment, Alpha offers its Lumet™ products covering applications from die attach to systems assembly in the LED manufacturing process. Alpha also offers product technologies for the Photovoltaic segment, including high performance liquid fluxes and solder alloys for producing standard ribbon and bus bar, as well as, liquid fluxes, solder pastes, cored wire, conductive adhesives and preforms for use in used in PV module assembly. Also, Alpha’s Advanced Materials unit is the leader in electronic polymers and solder materials for semiconductor packaging applications.
Since its founding in 1872, Alpha has been committed to developing and manufacturing the highest quality specialty materials. For more information, visit www.alpha.alent.com.