4M2010 Conference

PEP,Plastipolis, Oyonnax, France

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

Bertrand Fillon, CEA-Liten, France

Conference Co-Chairs

Chantal Khan-Malek, FEMTO-ST, CNRS, France
Stefan Dimov, MEC, Cardiff University, UK


Bourg en Bresse and,
Plastipolis, PEP, Oyonnax, France.

Important Dates (provisional)

Submission site will open1 February 2010
Submission deadline of full papers19 March 2010
Notification of acceptance in Final Publication19 July 2010
Authors Final Registration30 July 2010
Final Early Bird Registration30 July 2010
Public Final Registration31 October 2010
4M2010 Conference17-19 November 2010


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:

Important Deadlines (provisional)

Submission site will open1st February 2010
Submission deadline of full papers19th March 2010
Feed back from the peer review to authors24th May 2010
Submission of revised paper11th June 2010
Review of revised papersJuly 2010
Notification of acceptance in Final Publication19th July 2010
Submission of Final paper30th July 2010
Authors Final Registration30th July 2010
Public Final Registration31st October 2010

License agreement

Important dates

Notification of acceptance in Final PublicationJuly 2010
License form submission13th August 2010
4M2010 Conference17-19 November 2010

License agreement

To publish your paper in the proceedings Cardiff University requests a formal written License agreement from the copyright owners for each article published. To avoid any delay in the publication of your article, please read the terms of the agreement, sign and return the completed form to us at the address below by the specified deadline.

The agreement establishes that the Licensor owns the copyright in the Article and grants Cardiff University a non-exclusive, royalty-free license in the Article to use the article for the Permitted Purpose, together with the right to sub-license as detailed below.

The Permitted Purpose shall mean Cardiff University’s right to publish the Article on any website controlled by Cardiff University, and for paper or electronic copies to be downloaded by third parties upon a free basis. Cardiff University shall also have the right to sub-license the Articles to third parties so that the Article may be placed upon websites controlled by such third parties and for paper or electronic copies to be downloaded by other third parties upon a free basis.

The licensor warrants that:


Please download the form by clicking on the icon at bottom of this page, complete it and fax, post, or scan and e-mail to Chris Matthews by the specified deadline. We would appreciate it if you send us an email notification of sending the form.

Mailing Address
Mr C. Matthews
Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC)
Cardiff University
Queen's Buildings
The Parade
Cardiff, CF24 3AA

email: matthewscw@Cardiff.ac.uk

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4880

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Submission Guidelines


Submission of full paper19th March 2010
Submission of revised paperJune 2010
Submission of final paperJuly 2010

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 PDF format
    • Make sure you follow the template of the sample paper which can be downloaded by clicking on the icon below.
    • the total number of pages should not exceed four(4)
    • submit the paper by 19th March, 2010 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 June, 2010
  6. Submit the final version of the paper and send us the copyright forms by July, 2010

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

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4M2010 Invited Speakers

The following speakers have been confirmed for 4M2010:

Eric Baer

Eric BaerEric Baer is the Leonard Case Jr. Professor in the Dept. of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Director of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CliPS) NSF Science and Technology Center at Case Western Reserve University.

His honors include the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 1968; Centennial Scholar, The Johns Hopkins University, 1976; Annual Award of the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division, Society of Plastics Engineers, 1979; Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Johns Hopkins University, 1979; International Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 1980; Borden Award in the Chemistry of Plastics and Coatings, American Chemical Society, 1981; Meritorious Service Award of the Case Alumni Association, 1982; International Education Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 1991; Doctor of Sciences "honoris causa" of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Chemistry) June 28, 1993; Paul J. Flory Education Award, American Chemical Society, March 27, 1996; Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize, Case Western Reserve University, 1998; Roon Foundation Award, Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology and Coatings Industry Education Fund, 1999.

He was inducted into The Plastics Hall of Fame, June 22, 2000.

Research interests: Irreversible microdeformation mechanisms; pressure effects on morphology and mechanical properties; relationships between hierarchical structure and mechanical function; mechanical properties of soft connective tissue; polymer composites and blends; polymerization crystallization on crystalline surfaces; viscoelastic properties of polymer melts; damage and fracture analysis of polymers, and micro- and nanolayered composites. Eric Baer is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. He has edited five books and published over 550 research papers.

Phil Coates

Professor Phil Coates BSc ARCS MSc PhD FREng FIMechE FIMMM CEng

Phil CoatesPhil is a Physics graduate (Imperial College), London; his PhD research was on solid phase deformation processing of polymers (Leeds University).
Phil Coates is Pro Vice Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Transfer, and Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Bradford, UK. He is Director of the internationally recognised Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Polymer Science and Technology, with some 50 researchers at Bradford involved at the leading edge of in-process measurements for process monitoring, analysis and control, and computer modelling. He is also Director of the Polymer Centre of Industrial Collaboration, and the International Centre for Micro & Nano Moulding. The research targets high value polymer products for a range of sectors – optical, healthcare technology (e.g. bioresorbable polymers for orthopaedic applications) pharmaceuticals processing, automotive and advanced materials developments, including nanocomposites and reactive grafting. His research has substantial support (over £24 million total grants and contracts) from UK Government sources and industry, with over 100 companies collaborating in the research programmes from the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Japan. Similary, the research involves strong international cooperation in the UK, Europe, N America, Japan and China. He leads the new Science Bridges China project – a government sponsored collaboration (currently around £3.4m total UK and China support) with 11 Chinese Universities focussed on innovation in healthcare technologies, based around an open innovation platform.
Prof Coates is a director of Medilink (Y&H) Ltd and until recently was a director of Cogent SSC Ltd. He is a member of the Yorkshire Universities Executive Management Group, and chairs the Leeds City Region (LCR) Innovation Task Group, and is a member of the LCR Economic Drivers and Innovation Panel. He was honoured by the award of the Institute of Materials (IOM3) Netlon Gold Medal for Innovation in Polymer Processing (2000), the Plastics Industry Award for personal contribution to the industry in 2006, and the IOM3 Swinburne Award (2008).
He has published extensively - some 280 papers, in scientific journals and has co-authored 4 books, and edited 10 books. He is Chief Editor of the IoM3 international journal, Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering. Prof Coates was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1995. He is married, with four children and two grandchildren; in addition to family, his chief interests are in music, and computers.

Web sites: www.polyeng.com is the gateway web site to Prof Coates’ laboratories at Bradford;

and www.polymerirc.org which is the central Polymer IRC website.

Heinz Kück

Nozomu Mishima

Nozomu Mishima Nozomu Mishima is the leader of the Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing Research Group at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan.

Research interests:

Robust Design of Machine Tools and Development of a Design Supporting Tool Development of Miniature Manufacturing System and its Efficiency Analysis Eco-efficiency Evaluation and Re-design of Manufacturing Processes Development of a supporting method of eco-business idea generation Development and Eco-efficiency Analysis of Micro Machining Methods


1988 Master of Engineering,Department of Industrial Engineering, The University of Tokyo 1986 Bachelor of Engineering Department of Engineering Synthesis, The University of Tokyo

Working Experience:

2006.4 – present Leader, Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing Research Group, Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

2001.4-2006.3 Senior Researcher, Fine Manufacturing Research Group Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

1997.1-1997.12 Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, USA

1988.4-2001.3 Researcher, Manufacturing Machinery Section, Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, MITI.

Contact address:
Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing Research Group
Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
1-2 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8564 JAPAN

Email: Nozomu Mishima

Herman Schoo

SchooHerman Schoo is the Program manager in the Holst Centre of the strategic program “Sensor Tags & Systems” where combinations of organic, large area electronic device technology is investigated. He was recently appointed as Senior Research Fellow of TNO.

Areas of Expertise

Synthesis of high quality (semi-)conducting materials for polymer/organic devices; - Physics and mathematical modeling of new devices based on the relationship between molecular structure and material properties; - Semiconducting polymers, to produce plastic electronic components, such as field effect transistors, organic solar cells, and polymer light emitting diodes; - Applications of organic semi-conducting devices - Process technology involved in manufacture of organic electronics

Career History

1992-1999: From february 1992 involved as a polymer chemist in several multidisciplinary projects at the Philips Research Laboratories. These included the development of polycarbonates that do not show stress-induced birefringence, the synthesis of (block) copolymers that can be used in the steric stabilization of water-based colloidal suspensions of (for instance) metal oxides, and the development of (semi-)conducting polymers. Developed PPV materials that were later commercialized by Covion (now Merck). Was involved in setup of PolyLED Business Unit at Philips, resulting in a pilot production unit in Heerlen, being the first commercial producer of polymer light emitting diodes.

1999-2005: From February 1999 at TNO Industrial Technology and as research fellow of the Dutch Polymer Institute to set up a group, working on semi-conducting polymers and devices. This encompassed Organic LEDs, Transistors, Solar Cells and Sensors based on organic devices, involving around 20 researchers. Involved as Chief Technology Officer in a startup-company, “Orgatronics”, aiming at pre-production support and pilot production of organic electronic device applications. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Plastic Electronics Conference. Lecturer in a number of Top Technology Courses on polymer Electronics. Co-organizer of the International Conference on Organic Electronics. Involved in setup of the Holst Centre at the Eindhoven High Tech Campus. Currently, this is one of the leading institutes in the field of Organic and Large Area Device Technology


90 publications, mainly on chemistry, physics, lifetime and application of organic semiconductor
60 invited lectures
30 patents

Alexander Stuck

StuckDr. Alexander Stuck is currently head of CSEM BASEL. He is an expert in nano-optics and replication technologies. He has a track record of successful collaboration with industry leaders in brand protection and optical microsystems.

Before joining CSEM he was responsible for the development and production of DVD-recorders and managed a successful turnaround of a microtechnology company as CEO. He also worked as a project leader and industry consultant for larger technological companies.

Dr. Alexander Stuck has a successful academic track record in optics and nanotechnology and received the first research award by the Swiss Physical Society (SPG-Preis) in 1991, sponsored by IBM, for his work on nano-technology and holography.

Detail Programme

To view detailed programme, download the .pdf by clicking on the icon below.

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Overview Programme

This Provisional Programme does not include the detailed schedule for presentations.

Wednesday 17th November 2010

Venue: Hotel Mercure, Bourg en Bresse

8.00 - 9.00 Registration
9.00 - 9.30 Opening ceremony
9.30 - 10.45 Invited Talks
9.30 Herman Schoo "Thin Film Organic Devices as a platform for Roll to Roll Production of Sensor Systems"
10.10 Phil Coates "Process structuring of polymers and polymer composites in micromoulding"
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee Break
11.15 - 12.30 Thematic Sessions 1 & 2
Systems Design
Components Fabrication
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Project Sessions
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 17.30 Thematic Sessions 3 & 4
Process Characterisation
Metrology & Inspection
 19.00 - 22.30  Banquet sponsored by RONDOL- venue TBC

Thursday 18th November 2010

Venue: PEP, Oyonnax

8.00 - 9.00 Bus transfer from Hotels in Bourg en Bresse to Oyonnax
9.00 - 10.15 Invited Talks
9.15 Alex Stuck "Origination of complex masters for injection moulding and hot embossing"
9.50 Heinz Kück "Potential of Moulded Interconnect Devices for the Packaging of Miniature Multifunctional Systems"
10.15 - 10.20 Announcement of venue & dates for 4M2011.
10.20 - 11.15 Coffee Break & Sponsor's Exhibition
11.15 - 12.45 Thematic Sessions 5 & 6
Ceramics Processing in Microtechnology
Process Modelling
12.45 - 14.15 Lunch & Sponsor's Exhibition sponsored by Pôle Européen de Plasturgie (PEP)
14.15 - 15.30 Project Sessions
Euminafab CoTech
15.30 - 16.45 Coffee Break & Sponsor's Exhibition
16.45 - 18.00 Thematic Sessions 7 & 8
Novel Processes Micro & Nano Structuring
 18.00 - 20.00  Cocktail reception at Oyonnax Town Hall
 20.00 - 22.00  Beaujolais nouveau evening at PEP, sponsored by PLASTIPOLIS

Friday 19 November 2010

Venue: Bourg en Bresse

9.00 - 10.15 Invited Talks (Aula)
9.00 Eric Baer "Continuous Polymer Nanolayer Processing by Forced Assembly"
9.40 Nozomu Mishima "Development of a new micro machining technique and its eco-efficiency evaluation"
10.15 - 10.20 Announcement of dates & venue of 4M2011
10.20 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.30 Thematic Sessions 9 & 10
Novel Machining Concepts
Product Integration
 12.30 - 13.30  Lunch

Review Guidelines

Deadlines (provisional)

End of first reviewMay 2010
End of second reviewJuly 2010

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 May, 2010
  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 July, 2010

Things to pay attention to

When carrying out this task you should consider the:

Registration and fees

Important Dates (provisional)

Notification of acceptance in Final PublicationJuly 2010
Authors Final Registration13th August 2010
Final Early Bird Registration13th August 2010
Public Final RegistrationOctober 2010
4M2010 Conference17-19 November 2010

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 Authors Final Registration deadline is fixed with relation to the production cycle of the proceedings and cannot be changed.

Conference Fees

Category Early Birds
before July
after October
Full attendance500550
Full attendance 4M Association member300350
Sponsors day only*200250
Sponsors day only* 4M Association member150200

The conference fees include printed proceedings, lunches, conference dinner, bus transfers to the conference venues (Bourg en Bresse and Oyonnax).

*This includes admission to Conference on 18th November 2010 only, and includes meals, refreshments, sponsors exhibition and one copy of Conference Proceedings.


Please complete the Registration Form and mail, fax or e-mail it to:

Mr C. Matthews
Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC)
Cardiff University
Queen's Buildings
The Parade
Cardiff, CF24 3AA

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

Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentation

Each participant will be allowed 15 minutes per presentation and at the end of the each session there 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 it on to the technician during conference registration. Please note that the papers must be presented by one of the authors and presentation cannot 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 September 2010.

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.

4M2010 reserves the right to cancel an oral presentation 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.

1st Call for Papers

The first Call for Papers for 4M2010 is published and can be viewed by clicking on the icon below.

Deadline for submission of papers is 19th March 2010.

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Hotels and Accommodation

Rooms have been reserved at the following hotels. Buses to transport you to the conference location(s) will collect each morning from these hotels. These reservations will only be held until 31 October 2010:

Hotel Ibis, Bourg en Bresse
6, Rue du Moulin de Brou
01000 Bourg en Bresse
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 22 52 66
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 23 09 58
e-mail: to be added
Price for single room: €74
15 Rooms available.

Hotel Mercure, Bourg en Bresse
10 Avenue Bad Kreuznach
01000 Bourg en Bresse
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 22 44 88
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 23 43 57
e-mail: H1187@accor.com
Price for single room: €103
Breakfast: €14
40 Rooms available.

Hotel Campanile, Viriat
Parc de la Chambière
01440 Viriat
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 45 25 45
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 45 25 45
e-mail: bourgenbresse.viriat@campanile.fr
Price for single room: €59
Breakfast: €9
38 Rooms available.

Hotel Ariane, Bourg en Bresse
18 Rue des Dîmes
01000 Bourg en Bresse
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 22 50 88
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 22 51 57
e-mail: hotel.ariane.bourg@wanadoo.fr
Price for single room: €88
Breakfast: Included
30 Rooms available.

Hotel Comfort, Viriat
694 A Rue des Vareys
01440 Bourg en Bresse - Viriat
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 14 10 30
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 14 15 90
e-mail: comforthotelbourg01@wanadoo.fr
Price for single room: €55
Breakfast: Included
30 Rooms available.

Hotel De France "Best Western", Bourg en Bresse
19, place Bernard
01000 Bourg en Bresse
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 23 30 24
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 23 69 90
Price for single room: €89
Breakfast: Included
20/25 Rooms available.

Hotel Kyriad, Bourg en Bresse
12 Rue du Pavé d'Amour
01000 Bourg en Bresse
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 45 34 34
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 23 62 46
e-mail: kyriadbourg@wanadoo.fr
Price for single room: €64
Breakfast: €8
40 Rooms available.

Hotel Terminus, Bourg en Bresse
19 Avenue Alphone Baudin
01000 Bourg en Bresse
Telephone: +33 (0)4 74 21 01 21
Telefax: +33 (0)4 74 21 36 47
Price for single room: €80
Breakfast: €10
30 Rooms available.