4M/ICOMM2009 Conference

23-25 September 2009

Karlsrhue Photo: Courtesy of FZK, Germany

This conference is jointly organised by the International Conference on Multi-Material Micro-Manufacture(4M) and the International Conference on Micro-Manufacture (ICOMM), bringing together for the first time the worldwide community of micro-manufacturing experts.

Aim and Themes

The main goal of the Conference is to provide a forum for experts from industry and academia to share the results of their in-depth investigations and engage in interdisciplinary discussions about the creation of micro-manufacturing capabilities.

Papers are invited to present the latest advances in developing new processes and process chains for multi-material micro manufacture and their applications in microsystems-based products.

Conference Chair

Volker Saile, FZK, KIT, Germany

Conference Co-Chairs

Kornel Ehmann, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA
Stefan Dimov, Cardiff University, UK


Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany

Important Dates

Submission site will open5 January 2009
Submission deadline of full papers20 February 2009
Notification of acceptance in Final Publication1 June 2009
Authors Final Registration19 June 2009
Final Early Bird Registration31 July 2009
Public Final Registration4 September 2009
4M/ICOMM Conference23-25 September 2009

Supported by


Microsystems-based products are a key value-adding element for many sectors of industry - and the predicted nanotechnology future will also be largely delivered by microtechnologies. While the late 20th century has seen a silicon-based microelectronics revolution, the 21st century looks forward to the adoption of micro- and nano-manufacturing technologies as the demand for function and length scale integrations increases continuously on the way to bridging the nano- and the macro-worlds.

The existing imbalance between the ease with which batch-fabricated microcomponents and microsystems can be produced in silicon compared to the difficulties and costs associated with their manufacture in other materials hinders the introduction of new microsystems-based products into the market. Although there may be commercial advantages to leveraging the present suite of IC-based processes and materials, they will not be able to meet the demands of emerging products for 3D and high aspect ratio structures, enhanced-force microactuation, improved environmental resistance, high precision, and unification and standardisation. To broaden the range of microsystems-based products and simultaneously multiply their capabilities requires the integration of new materials and precision engineering technologies for their processing with IC-based, batch-fabrication processes. These are major challenges in developing new products that at the same time represent promising research and development areas for innovation and value creation.

The main goal of this Conference is to provide a forum for experts from industry and academia to share the results of their in-depth investigations and engage in interdisciplinary discussions about the creation of manufacturing capabilities for:


This conference is jointly organised by the International Conference on Multi-Material Micro-Manufacture(4M) and the International Conference on Micro-Manufacture (ICOMM), bringing together for the first time the worldwide community of micro-manufacturing experts.

Past 4M conferences

Papers and presentations from all past 4M Conferences, except 4M2006, can be found in the 4M knowledgebase

Past ICOMM conferences

Programme Committee

Volker Saile, FZK, Germany (Conference Chair)
Kornel Ehmann, Northwestern University , USA (Conference Co-chair)
Stefan Dimov, Cardiff University, UK (Conference Co-chair)
Sabino Azcarate, TEKNIKER, Spain
Donna Bibber, Micro Engineering Solutions, USA
Marc Bonis, UNIVERSITY Tech. de Compiegne, France
Matt Bono, Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab. , USA
David Burton, Performance Micro Tool, USA
Jian Cao, Northwestern University, USA
Dong-Woo Cho, Postech, Korea
Martin Culpepper, MIT, USA
Richard DeVor, UIUC, USA
Dimitri Dimitrov, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Kuniaki Dohda, Nagoya Inst. Tech., Japan
Alkan Donmez, NIST, USA
Ulf Engel, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Sergej Fatikow, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Luc Federzoni, CEA, France
Bertrand Fillon, CEA, France
Volker Schulze, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Michael Fu, MIRDC, Taiwan
Hans Nørgaard Hansen, DTU, Denmark
Ralph Hollis, Carnegie Mellon University , USA
Andrew Honegger, Microlution, USA
Yong Huang, Clemson, USA
Per Johander, Sverea IVF AB, Sweden
Suhas Joshi, IIT, Bombay
Martin Jun, University of Victoria, Canada
Erik Jung, FhG IZM-Berlin, Germany
Shiv Kapoor, UIUC, USA
Matthias Kautt, FZK, Germany
Brad Kinsey, University of New Hampshire, USA
Paul Kirby, University of Cranfield, UK
Muammer Koc, Virginia Commonwealth U., USA
Senthil Kumar, NUS, Singapore
Thomas Kurfess, Clemson University , USA
Richard Leach, NPL, UK
Steven Liang, Georgia Inst. Tech. , USA
Y.S. Liao, Nat. Taiwan University, Taiwan
Kui Liu, SIMTech, Singapore
Marc Madou, University California-Irvine, USA
Ajay Malshe, University of Arkansas, USA
Lars Mattsson, KTH, Sweden
Rhett Mayor, Georgia Inst. Tech. , USA
Shreyes Melkote, Georgia Inst. of Tech. , USA
Wolfgang Menz, University of Freiburg, Germany
Nagahanumaiah, CMERI, India
Bradley Nelson, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Gracious Ngaile, North Carolina State University , USA
Jun Ni, University of Michigan, USA
Humbert Noll, FOTEC, Austria
Yuichi Okazaki, AIST, Japan
Bill O'Neill, Cambridge University, UK
Burak Ozdoganlar, Carnegie Mellon, USA
Tugrul Ozel, Rutgers University , USA
Jong-Kweon Park, KIMM, S. Korea
Simon Park, University of Calgary, Canada
Frank Pfefferkorn, University of Wisconsin, USA
Jon Pratt, NIST, USA
Mustafizur Rahman, NUS, Singapore
K.P. Rajurkar, University of Nebraska, USA
Svetan Ratchev, Nottingham University, UK
Venkata Reddy, IIT-Kanpur, India
Ralph Resnick, Ex-One, USA
Martin Richter, FhG IZM-Munich, Germany
Andreas Schoth, University of Freiburg , Germany
Yung Shin, Purdue University, USA
Reijo Tuokko, Tampere University, Finland
R. Vallance, George Washington University, USA
Michael Vellekoop, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Shihming Wang, CYCU, Taiwan
Paul Warndorf, AMT, USA
Christian Wenzel, FhG IPT, Germany
Gloria Wiens, University of Florida, USA
Chad O'Nea, Micromanufacturing Institute Louisiana Technical University, USA


Dave H.A. Blank

prof. dr. ing. Dave H.A. Blank Prof. Dr. Ing. Dave H.A. Blank was born in 1953 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He started his studies on the primary technical school (LTS), followed by the secondary (MTS) and higher technical school (HTS). After his masters in Applied Physics, he received in 1991 his PhD in Physics from the University of Twente, Netherlands for his dissertation on High-Tc thin films prepared by laser ablation: an experimental study, under supervision of prof. dr. Horst Rogalla.

In 1992 he became assistant professor in Rogalla’s group. After a research fellowship at Stanford in the group of prof. Malcolm Beasley and prof. Theodore Geballe in 1998, he was appointed as associate professor and programme director on the materials science of interfaces in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Since October 2002 he is full professor in Inorganic Materials Science at the same university. From January 1, 2007 he is the Scientific Director of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente. MESA+ host 500 scientists with an annual budget over 40 MEuro. More information can be found at: www.mesaplus.utwente.nl.

His research is based upon growth studies, deposition and structuring techniques, and properties of complex materials, especially oxides. The class of investigated materials includes superconducting and related materials, ion conductors, passivation layers and anti-reflection coatings, tuneable inorganic membranes, transparent conductors, high-K dielectrics, ferroelectrics, PIEZO’s, ferromagnetics, and multiferroics.

Together with dr. Guus Rijnders, associate professor in his group, the first time-resolved high pressure RHEED-system was developed; operating in-situ during pulsed laser deposition at high pressures up to 100 Pa. With this system several new growth phenomena have been observed, leading to new growth techniques of complex materials, like pulsed laser interval deposition. Furthermore, the systems can be used to study and realize block-by-block deposition of (artificial) complex materials. More information about his research activities can be found in the section: noteworthy scientific results.

In 2002 he was awarded with the VICI laureate of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) for his work on artificial materials for nanoscale devices.

In 2004 he became Flagship Captain of nano-electronic materials science of the NanoNed programme (Dutch initiative on nanotechnology). From 2007 on he is member of the board of governors of NanoNed.

His research group has 18 PhD students, 5 postdoc’s and 4 scientific staff members. He has over 180 papers in refereed journals, given over 100 lectures for scientific as well as general audience, and has been author and/or editor of several books.

Ian Hutchings

Ian Hutchins


‭Ian Michael Hutchings

Date of Birth

‭6‭ ‬May‭ ‬1950,‭ ‬Barnet,‭ ‬England



Current positions

‎University of‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬Department of Engineering
GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering‭ (‬since‭ ‬2001‭)
(Deputy Head of Department‎ (‏Graduate Studies‭) ‬2002-2005‭)
Fellow,‭ ‬St John‭’‬s‭ ‬College,‭ ‬Cambridge‭ (‬since‭ ‬1975‭)
Chairman,‎ ‏St John‭’‬s Innovation Centre Ltd.,‭ ‬Cambridge‭ (‬since‭ ‬1996‭)
Editor-in-Chief,‎ ‏Wear,‭ ‬Elsevier‭ (‬since‭ ‬1998‭)

Previous employment‭

University of‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬Dept.‭ ‬of Materials Science and Metallurgy
‏Reader in Tribology,‭ ‬1997-2000
‎‏Deputy Head of Department,‭ ‬1998-2000
‎‏University Lecturer‭ ‬1982-1997 ‬ University Demonstrator‭ ‬1977-1982‭

St John‎’‏s‭ ‬College,‭ ‬Cambridge‭
Director of Studies in Materials Science and Metallurgy,‭ ‬1990-2000
College Lecturer‭ ‬1978-2001
Tutor with responsibility for engineering students‭ ‬1983-1996
Admissions Tutor‭ ‬1988-90
Research Fellow‭ ‬1975-1978‭
(‬working in the Cavendish Laboratory‭ ‬1975-1977‭)

Visiting Research Scientist,‎ ‏Lawrence‭ ‬Berkeley Laboratory,‭ ‬University of‭ ‬California,‭ ‬July-August‭ ‬1980

‎ ‏Visiting Research Scientist,‭ ‬German Federal Materials Research‭ Establishment‭ (‬BAM‭)‬,‭ ‬Berlin,‭ June-August‭ 1992‭


Trinity‎ ‏College,‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬1968-1974
‎ ‏Natural Sciences Tripos Part II‭ (‬Physics‭) ‬1971
‎ ‏Research student,‭ ‬Cavendish Laboratory,‭ ‬Cambridge‭ ‬1971-4
‎ ‏Senior Rouse Ball Student‭ ‬1974-1975
BA‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Cambridge‭ ‬1971
‎ ‏MA,‭ ‬PhD‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Cambridge‭ ‬1975

Awards and distinctions

‎‏Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬Tribology Silver Medal‭ ‬1994
‎‏University of‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬Pilkington Teaching Prize‭ ‬1996
China‭ ‬University of Mining and Technology,‭ ‬Beijing,‭ ‬Honorary Professor‭ ‬1999 ‏Institute of‭ ‬Materials,‭ ‬NPL Award for Materials Metrology‭ ‬2000
‏Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬Donald Julius Groen Prize‭ ‬2000
‏Fellow of the Royal‭ ‬Academy of‭ ‬Engineering‭ ‬2002
‏Xi‭’‬an‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Architecture and‭ ‬Technology,‭ ‬China,‭ Visiting Professor‭ ‬2004
‏Xi‭’‬an‭ ‬Jiaotong University,‭ ‬China,‭ ‬Adjunct Professor‭ ‬2004 ‏ETH‭ ‬Zürich,‭ ‬Switzerland,‭ ‬Staudinger-Durrer Prize and Medal‭ 2007

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the‭ ‬Institute of‭ ‬Materials‭ (‬FIMMM‭) ‬since‭ ‬1993‭ (‬MIM‭ ‬1981-92‭)
Fellow of‎ ‏the‭ ‬Institute of‭ ‬Physics‭ (‬FInstP‭) ‬since‭ ‬1994‭ (‬MInst P‭ ‬1978-93‭) Chartered Engineer‎ (‏CEng‭) Chartered Physicist‎ (‏CPhys‭)

Current and recent professional activities

President,‭ ‬International Research Group on Wear of Engineering Materials‭ (‬IRG-OECD‭) ‬2007‭ ‬– present‭ (‬Vice-president‭ ‬1997-2007,‭ ‬UK National representative‭ ‬1993-97‭)
Member,‭ ‬Surface Engineering Divisional Board,‭ ‬Institute of‭ ‬Materials,‭ ‬2007-present‭ (‬member‭ ‬1999‭ ‬– present‭)
Joint‭ ‬director,‭ ‬Annual Cambridge Course on Tribology,‭ ‬1993‭ ‬-‭ ‬present‭
Member,‭ ‬Steering Group,‭ ‬Leonardo Centre of Tribology and Surface Technology,‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Sheffield,‭ ‬from‭ ‬2008
Member,‭ ‬International Review Panel,‭ ‬Department of Materials,‭ ‬University of Bologna,‭ ‬Italy,‭ ‬2006
External examiner,‭ ‬Open University course T173,‭ ‬Engineering the future,‭ ‬2001‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006
External examiner,‭ ‬Brunel‭ ‬University,‭ ‬BEng/MEng‭ ‬Mechanical Engineering‭ ‬2002‭ ‬– 2005
External examiner,‭ ‬University of‭ ‬Nottingham IGDS MSc in Surface Design and Engineering‭ ‬1997-2001
Member,‭ ‬Organizing Committee,‭ ‬International Conference on Wear of Materials,‭ ‬2003‭ ‬– present‭ (‬Tutorial Chair,‭ ‬2005‭ ‬– present‭)
Chairman,‭ ‬1st International Conference on Abrasive Processes ICAP,‭ ‬2008
Chairman,‭ ‬2nd International Conference on Erosive and Abrasive Wear,‭ ‬ICEAW II,‭ ‬2003
Member of judging panel,‭ ‬Manufacturing Excellence Awards‭ ‬2001‭ ‬and‭ ‬2002,‭ ‬Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬London
Member,‭ ‬International Advisory Board,‭ ‬International Colloquia on Tribology,‭ ‬Esslingen,‭ ‬Germany,‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬2008
Member,‭ ‬International Advisory Committee,‭ ‬International Conference on Advanced‭ ‬Tribology,‭ ‬Singapore,‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬2008
Chairman,‭ ‬Programme and Publications Committee,‭ ‬World‭ ‬Tribology Congress,‭ ‬Institution of Mechanical Engineers,‭ ‬1997
Joint chairman,‭ ‬8th International Conference on Erosion by Liquid and Solid Impact,‭ ‬1994‭ ‬and International Conference on‭ ‬Abrasive and Erosive Wear,‭ ‬1998
Chairman,‭ ‬Tribology Group,‭ ‬Institute of Physics‭ ‬1993-95‭ ‬ (Committee member‭ ‬1987-97,‭ ‬Hon.‭ ‬Treasurer‭ ‬1989-91‭) Member,‭ ‬Peer Review College of EPSRC‭ (‬1995‭ ‬-‭ ‬present‭)
Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Wear,‭ ‬1993-98‭ (‬and‭ ‬Editor-in-Chief since‭ ‬1998‭) Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Tribology International,‭ ‬1992‭ ‬-‭ ‬present Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Tribology Letters,‭ ‬1994‭ ‬– present‭ Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design,‭ ‬2004‭ ‬– present Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Tribology‭ ‬-‭ ‬Materials,‭ ‬Surfaces and Interfaces,‭ ‬2007‭ ‬– present Member,‭ ‬Editorial Board of‭ ‬Journal of Materials Processing Technology,‭ ‬2007‭ ‬– present Member,‭ ‬Advisory Board,‭ ‬Elsevier Tribology and Interface Engineering Book Series,‭ ‬2003-‭ ‬present Chairman,‭ ‬St John's Innovation Centre Ltd.,‭ ‬Cambridge,‭ ‬since‭ ‬1996‭ (‬Member of Board of Directors since‭ ‬1993‭)


List of‭ ‬more than‭ ‬280‭ ‬journal papers,‭ ‬book chapters etc.‭ ‬on tribology,‭ ‬surface engineering,‭ ‬aspects of materials and manufacturing engineering and inkjet printing available

Mustafizur Rahman

Prof. Mustafizur Rahman - photo Professor Mustafizur Rahman has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore since 1982. His research interests include micro/nano machining, design and development of miniature machine tools and devices for micro/nano machining, and high speed machining of difficult-to-machine materials. He has received Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Singapore Institute of Engineers and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2003 and 2005 respectively. He has authored more than 300 journal and conference papers. He is in the editorial board for 8 International Journals.

Currently, he is a director of a NUS spin-off company, Mikrotools Pte Ltd. which produces machine tools for micro and nano fabrication.

Roland Zengerle

Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle Photo Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle is the director of the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He also heads the Laboratory for MEMS Applications at IMTEK and in addition he is a director at the Institute for Micro- and Information Technology of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft (HSG-IMIT). HSG-IMIT is a non-profit organisation supporting industries in development of new products based on MEMS technologies. Since June 2008 Dr. Zengerle is also the vice-chairman of the new centre for “Biological Signalling Studies (bioss)” at the University of Freiburg; the centre is funded by the national science foundation in the framework of the German excellence initiative.

The research of Dr. Zengerle is focused on microfluidics and covers topics like miniaturized and autonomous dosage systems, implantable drug delivery systems, nanoliter & picoliter dispensing, lab-on-a-chip platforms, tools for research on cells, thermal sensors, miniaturized fuel cells as well as micro- and nanofluidics simulation. Dr. Zengerle co-authored more than 300 technical publications and 30 patents. He is the European editor of the Springer Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. Dr. Zengerle serves on the international steering committee of the IEEE-MEMS conference as well as on the technical program committees of several other international conferences.

Shiv G. Kapoor

Dr. Shiv G. Kapoor Dr. Shiv G. Kapoor is Grayce Wicall Gauthier Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been a significant contributor to the field of manufacturing engineering research and education and a pioneer in the field of mathematical modelling and simulation of machining processes both at micro and macro-scale.

He has published more than 200 technical articles in technical Journals including ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution, International Journal of Machine Tool and Manufacture , International Journal of Wear, Journal of Corrosion Science, etc. The funding for his research program has come from both government agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and companies, including Motorola, John Deere, Mori Seiki, General Electric Corporate Research and Development, Caterpillar, Inc., General Motors Research Laboratory, Ford Motor Company Scientific Research Laboratory, and Kennametal Inc.

A Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Prof. Kapoor has received the ASME’s Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award for an outstanding research paper in 1992, 1997 and 2008. He was given the ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award in 2003 and one of the SME’s most coveted Education Award in 2005. He currently serves as an editor-in-chief for the Journal of Manufacturing Processes.

Sylvain Ballandras

Sylvain Ballandras Sylvain Ballandras was born in Strasbourg in 1965. He joined the CNRS in 1991, after his PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Université de Franche-Comté. From 1991 to 1995, he has been working on surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, but he was mainly involved in the development of micromachining technologies. He initiated the development of a finite element analysis package devoted to acoustic transducers and also new researches on miniaturized transducers for endoscopic applications. He joined TMX in 1997 for a one year industrial training project. From 1999 to 2005, he was responsible for the research group entitled « Acoustique et Microsonique » at LPMO. He created its own consulting office to answer specific demands from industry.

In October 2003, he was promoted Research Director at the CNRS, in the newly created FEMTO-ST Institute in Besançon. In 2008, Sylvain Ballandras' group joined the Time-Frequency Department of FEMTO for the purpose of scientific coherence and moved to Besançon's national engineering school ENSMM. Its present scientific developments concern the fundamentals in acoustics and guided propagation, as well as technologies dedicated to acousto-electronic devices and systems, focused on sources, filters and sensors.

Sylvain Ballandras also benefitted from the 25.2 agreement of the French research rules to join as a member of senior staff of SENSeOR (a spin-off from TEMEX dedicated to SAW and BAW sensors) at the end of 2008.

Important Deadlines

event date
Submission site will open 5 January 2009
Submission deadline of full papers 20 February 2009
Feed back from the peer review to authors 27 March 2009
Submission of revised paper 24 April 2009
Review of revised papers 15 May 2009
Notification of acceptance in Final Publication 1 June 2009
Submission of Final paper 12 June 2009
Authors Final Registration 12 June 2009
Public Final Registration 1 September 2009

Registration and fees

Important Dates

Notification of acceptance in Final Publication1 June 2009
Authors Final Registration19 June 2009
Final Early Bird Registration31 July 2009
Public Final Registration4 September 2009
4M/ICOMM Conference23-25 September 2009

In order for a paper to be included in the conference programme and appear in the proceedings at least one author must register for the conference. The deadline, June 19, is fixed with relation to the production cycle of the proceedings and can't be changed.

Conference Fees

Category Early Birds
before July 31
after July 31
4M association members€250€275
Students* €250€275
Accompanying guest€100€120

The conference fees include printed proceedings, lunches, conference dinner, bus transfers between Karlsrhue to the conference centre.

*Official proof of student status from University Registry required with Registration Form. A valid Student ID with photo on arrival at the Conference.


Please email, fax or post completed form with payment to:

Miss J Whyte
Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC)
Cardiff University
Newport Road
Cardiff, CF24 3AA

email: WhyteJC@Cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(029)2087 4641
Facsimile: +44(029)2087 4880

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License agreement

Important dates

Notification of acceptance in Final Publication4 June 2009
License form submission12 June 2009
4M/ICOMM Conference23-25 September 2009

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Provisional Programme

Wednesday 23 September 2009

8.00 - 9.00 Registration (Foyer)
9.00 - 9.30 Opening (Aula)
9.30 - 10.45 Invited Talks (Aula)
9.30 Ian Hutchings "Opportunities and limitations of inkjet printing in micro-manufacturing"
10.10 Roland Zengerle "Microfluidic Platforms for Miniaturization, Integration & Automation of Biochemical Assays
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
11.15 - 12.30 Thematic Session 1 & 2
Process Characterisation
Components Fabrication
(Room 236)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Panel Discussion (Aula)
Presentation and discussion on FP7 Infrastructures, EUMINAfab
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
16.00 - 17.30 Thematic Session 3 & 4
Systems Design
Metrology & Inspection
(Room 236)
 19.00 - 22.30  Banquet at Schwetzingen Palace

Thursday 24 September 2009

9.15 - 10.30 Invited Talks (Aula)
9.15 Shiv G. Kapoor "CNT- Composites for the Micro-World - Design for Functionality & Manufacturabilty
9.50 Dave Blank "Perspectives in Micro and Nanofabrication of new functional materials
10.30 - 11.15 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
11.15 - 12.30 Thematic Session 5 & 6
11.15 - 12.30 Novel Materials Processing
Process Modelling
(Room 236)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Invited Special Sessions from 4M Affiliate Projects
MultiLayer (Aula) CoTech (Room 236)
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break / Poster Session
16.00 - 17.15 Thematic Session 7 & 8
Process Characterisation (Aula) Novel Processes (Room 236)
 18.00 - 20.00  Cocktail reception and tours of various facilities

Friday 25 September 2009

9.00 - 10.15 Invited Talks (Aula)
9.00 Mustafizur Rahman "Tool-based compound micro/nano machining"
9.40 Sylvain Ballandras "Single-crystal based composite wafers for high quality passive RF microdevices"
10.15 - 10.45 Coffee break (Foyer)
10.45 - 12.00 Thematic Session 9 & 10
Process Chains
Components Assembly
(Room 236)
 12.00 - 13.00  Lunch

Day 1 - 23 September 2009

Wednesday 23 September 2009

8.00 - 9.00 Registration (Foyer)
9.00 - 9.30 Opening (Aula)
9.30 - 10.45 Invited Talks (Aula)
Ian Hutchings "Opportunities and limitations of inkjet printing in micro-manufacturing"
Roland Zengerle "Microfluidic Platforms for Miniaturization, Integration & Automation of Biochemical Assays"
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
11.15 - 12.30 Thematic Session 1 & 2
Process Characterisation (Aula) Components Fabrication (Room 236)
Chair: Bertrand Fillon Chair: Erik Jung

31. Surface finishing of micro mould inserts made of precipitation-hardened steel

34. Micromilling of Coarse-Grained and Ultrafine-Grained Cu99.9E: Effects of Material Microstructure on Machining Conditions and Surface Quality

40. Investigation of effects and parameter interactions in metal microforming processes

71. Investigation of a new process chain based on atomic force microscopy scratching

18. ZuNaMi: Automated Assembly Processes on the Nanoscale

20. Design, Fabrication and Testing of the Micro Punch for Micro Plastic Tag

25. Thermally Low Conductive Moulds for Micro Injection Moulding of Thermoplastics

33. Injection Moulding of Micro Patterned Polymer Discs for Optical Rotary Encoders

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Session on EUMINAfab (Aula)
Presentations on the EUMINAfab infrastructure and some of the installations available.
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
16.00 - 17.30 Thematic Session 3 & 4
Systems Design (Room 236) Metrology & Inspection (Aula)
Chair: Thomas Velten Chair: Lars Mattsson

45. Development of a new analytical model for plane strain microbending

58. Embedding of fibre optic sensors within flexible host

68. Integration of micro milling highspeed spindle on a microEDM-milling machine set-up

69. Design of passive alignment structures for the batch alignment of micro components

24. The study of measurement of micro gears with a touch-trigger probe

27. Quality control of injection moulded micro mechanical parts

51. 3D Surface Profilometry Employing Standing Wave Probes

53. Innovative quality assurance strategies for the characterization of dimensional features of micromechanical components

19.00 - 22.30 Banquet at Schwetzingen Palace

Day 2 - 24 September 2009

9.15 - 10.30 Invited Talks (Aula)
Shiv G. Kapoor "CNT- Composites for the Micro-World - Design for Functionality & Manufacturabilty"
Dave Blank "Perspectives in Micro and Nanofabrication of new functional materials"
10.30 - 11.15 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
11.15 - 12.30 Thematic Session 5 & 6
Novel Materials Processing (Aula) Process Modelling (Room 236)
Chair: Per Johander Chair: Ulf Engel

29. Simple techniques of applying lacquer based assisting electrodes for spark erosive structuring of electrically nonconductive zirconia (ZrO2)

46. Micromixing Structures for Lab-on Chip Applications: Fabrication and Simulation of 90° Zigzag Microchannels in Dry Film Resist

62. The effects of surface integrity of components processed through Micro WEDM

94. Generating Continuous Chaotic Mixing in a Twin Screw Extruder as a Means of Improving the Dispersion of Nano-Materials and Polymer Blends

28. On the environmental influence on the force between two metallic plates of a gripper immersed in a nonpolar fluid: the role of the temperature and the chemical potential.

59. Wire electrochemical discharge machining of glass using a surface roughened tool

99. Modelling machining forces for fcc metals

100. Micro-Bending of Thin Stainless Steel Sheets

12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Affilliate Project Sessions
MultiLayer (Aula) CoTech (Room 236)
Chair: Paul Kirby Chair: Humbert Noll

112. MULTILAYER: a large scale production of micro devices via new rolled multi material layered 3D shaping technology

15. New approach for development of software for layer based micro-machining

23. One- and two-component powder injection moulding for micro fabrication

38. Thermography multi-material micromanufacture inspection

61. Compensation of the size effect due to the cutter radius offset in the micro milling process

111. The European large-scale integrating project COTECH “COnverging TECHnologies for micro systems manufacturing"

66. Influence of measuring parameters on the precision of atomic force microscope in industrial applications

76. Injection-compression moulding of high precision optical lenses

97. Novel process chain for fabrication of Ni shims

103. Snapshot of Micro EDM technology for industry

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break / Poster Session
16.00 - 17.15 Thematic Session 7 & 8
Process Characterisation (Aula) Novel Processes (Room 236)
Chair: ?? Chair: Sabino Azcarate

73. Effect of Grain Size During Electrical Assisted Microforming

75. Micro hole punching system—determination, control and effects of clearance

105. Mechanical properties test and microstructure analysis of polyoxymethylene (POM) micro injection moulded standard parts

96. Micro-injection moulding using Si/SU-8 based mould inserts

70. Production of gratings by means of step and repeat hot embossing

74. Flow control in microfluidic chips: Material choice and smart design

78. Development of a flexible gripper system for small optical assemblies

79. A new technology for contamination free dispensing

98. Surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors, the development of a versatile sensor

77. Simulation of electrostatic self-assembly of microparts

18.00 - 20.00 Cocktail reception and tours of various facilities

Day 3 - 25 September 2009

Friday 25 September 2009

9.00 - 10.15 Invited Talks (Aula)
Mustafizur Rahman "Tool-based compound micro/nano machining"
Sylvain Ballandras "Single-crystal based composite wafers for high quality passive RF microdevices"
10.15 - 11.00 Coffee Break / Poster Session (Foyer)
11.00 - 12.15 Thematic sessions 9 & 10
Process chains (Aula) Component Assembly (Room 236)
Chair: Martin Weinzierl Chair: Pieter Bolt

80. Process chain for replicating bio inspired micro structured surfaces

87. Characterization of SEM Electron Beam LIGA system

88. Cutting performance of NCD coated end mills under dry and lubricated conditions

90. Preliminary investigation of hydrodynamic nanopolishing of flat steel plates

47. Design and analysis of prototype mould for micro- and nano-structure replication on polymer substrates

50. Expansion-Injection-Molding (EIM) by Cavity near Melt Compression

37. Complex shaped micro components produced by powder injection molding

64. Fabrication of Modules for an Interactive Braille Display with Integrated Touch Sensor by Laser MID Technology

12.15 - 13.00 Lunch

Submission Guidelines


Submission of full paper20 February 2009
Submission of revised paper24 April 2009
Submission of final paper 12 June 2009

Step by Step Guide

  1. Go to the conference submission website
  2. To submit a paper follow the Submit paper link
    • fill in the form, ensuring all required information is present and correct
    • make sure you remember your password. Each paper has a paper id and password, which allows all authors to update the submission information or re-upload the paper
    • the submitted paper must be in DOC format
    • Make sure you follow the template of the sample paper in MS Word or Open Office format
    • the total number of pages should not exceed four(4)
    • submit the paper by Feb 13, 2009 deadline
  3. If required, update the submission information, like author details, by following the Edit Submission link
  4. If required, for example after review, re-upload the paper, using the Re-Upload Paper link
  5. If your paper is accepted with revisions, re-upload the revised paper as above, by April 24, 2009
  6. Submit the final version of the paper and send us the copyright forms by Jun 12, 2009

Note: All authors will be asked to review papers and will be automatically entered into the reviewer pool for the conference. We will send further reviewer guidelines

Edit: Due to publisher requirements we've changed the file format for the revised paper submissions from PDF to MS Word DOC. Please note, we can only accept MS Word (doc file extension) not Word Microsoft Office Open XML Format documents (docx)

Sample pages- full paper Instructions.doc48 KB
Sample pages- full paper Instructions.odt47.73 KB

Review Guidelines


End of first review20 March 2009
End of second review15 May 2009

Step by Step Guide

We have a two phase review process.

  1. You will receive a username and password via email
  2. You will receive an email notification about the papers you have to review
  3. Sign in as a reviewer on the submission website
  4. When ready, fill in the review forms
    • You don't need to complete the reviews in one go, you can always come back, just submit the unfinished form
    • To finish a review tick the complete box on the box and submit the form
  5. Complete the first reviews by March 20, 2009
  6. During the second review make sure that the authors have made the changes you've recommended to your satisfaction, if not make a recommendation, change your comments, etc...
  7. Complete the second reviews by May 15, 2009

Things to pay attention to

When carrying out this task you should consider the:

Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentation

Each participant will be allowed 15 minutes per presentation and at the end of the each session will be 10 minutes question time. Session chairs will make sure the schedule is respected.

In order to avoid technical and connection problems and the corresponding loss of time, a laptop will be provided by the organisers. Presentations must be saved on memory stick or CD in PowerPoint format exclusively (version 2002 or earlier but no earlier than 97) and pass on it to the technician during the registration on 9th September 2008. Please note that the papers must be presented by one of the authors and presentation can not be amended after above date. If you need any special facilities for your oral presentation, please consult the organiser as soon as possible but no later than by 31st July 2008.

The language of the conference will be English and no translation facilities will be provided. Only one oral and/or one poster presentation will be accepted from each participant.

4M2009/ICOMM reserves the right to cancel a presenter’s poster session if the above requirements are not met.

Detailed conference programme for session times and room numbers will be available nearer the time.

Poster Presentation

Poster information

Poster Presentation Presenters must be available to discuss their displays throughout the Conference. Presenters can display their poster on the first day and have it displayed for the first two days. Authors may bring extra copies of their work to be used for handouts. The room numbers will be available nearer the time.

Poster material

The Poster Board/Panels for each presentation will be available, with approximate dimensions 90cm wide and 116cm high. Each poster board/panel is marked with a number on the upper left corner. Poster is recommended to be in A0 format, however the total space available for your poster is (app. W 90cm x H 116cm). The presenter must provide own tape etc to attach materials to the display board, along with any other supplies.

All posters must be in English with the paper title (2.5cm), author names and affiliations (1.5 cm) and the text easily readable. Poster should include introduction, development and conclusion with a contact point.

Illustration layout

Drawings, diagrams and photos are extremely helpful and often necessary to display results and conclusions. Please do not overload any chart or drawing with information.

The Organising Committee reserves the right to cancel a presenter’s poster session if the above requirements are not met.




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Microsystems technology

A fascinating world that is already a reality in medical technology, automotive engineering and the space industry. z-microsystems is a specialist in micro or micropatterned parts: micro plastics, micro moulding and micro manufacturing. For us, microsystems technology is the future - as a partner for the development and production of micro plastic parts or machined microstructures.

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Media Partner

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We are pleased to announce that CMM Magazine will once again sponsor a "best paper" award at the 4M/ICOMM Conference again, following last year's inaugural award, which was awarded to a paper entitled "Machining of polystyrene by UV laser radiation for patch clamping device fabrication".

Marketing Opportunities

Stand out from the rest in front of more than 150 micro-manufacturing experts from around the world.

As a sponsor, you can promote your company’s mission even more effectively to the assembled individuals and organisations attending 4M/ICOMM 2009 while learning about the latest advances in micro-manufacturing research.

Association Sponsorship Package


Gold Package


Silver Package


To sponsor the conference, please fill and submit the attached form.

4M2009 Registration form with Cards for Sponsors.pdf72 KB
4M2009 Registration form with Cards for Sponsors.doc117 KB

Hotels and Acommodation

Rooms have been reserved at the following hotels. These reservations will only be held until 1st September 2009:

Hotel Ritter, Büchenau
Au in den Buchen 73, 83, 92
76646 Bruchsal-Büchenau
Telephone: +49 (0)7257/88-0 / Hotel & Brasserie
Telefax: +49 (0)7257/88-111
e-mail: info@ritterbruchsal.de

Price for single room: €72

Romantikhotel Walk’sches Haus, Weingarten
Marktplatz 7
76356 Weingarten
Telephone: +49(0)7244 - 70 37 -0
Telefax: +49 (0)7244 - 70 37 -40
e-mail: info@walksches-haus.de

Price for single room: €79

Schröcker Tor Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Mannheimer Str. 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Telephone: +49 (0)7247-207490
Fax: +49 (0)7247-208240

Price for single room: €65

Hotel Scheffelhöhe, Bruchsal
Adolf-Bieringer-Str. 20
76646 Bruchsal
Telephone: +49 (0)7251 / 802-
e-mail: hotel@scheffelhoehe.de

Price for single room: €98

Brauhaus Wallhall
Am Kübelmarkt 8
76646 Bruchsal

Price for single room: about €78

Travel Directions

You will find detailed directions about how to get to Karlsruhe and FZK at the FZK website.

Visiting Karlsruhe

Photo: Courtesy of FZK, Germany

Suggestions for visitor tours in and around Karlsruhe