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Development Chemist to lead SMTAI Poster Session

2nd September 2014
Staff Reporter

Development Chemist Brittney Nolan, from FCT Assembly, will make a presentation entitled “The Impacts of the Environment on the Printability of Solder Paste” at SMTAI 2014. The presentation will take place on Tuesday 30th September from 12-2pm in the Exhibit Hall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

Knowing how the environment affects the printing of paste is extremely valuable, due to the performance of solder paste in the SMT process being so crucial. Print operators face challenges in regulating the variability of working environments, with temperature, humidity and type of solder paste needing to be regulated. The presentation will explore the performance of no-clean and water soluble pastes in environmental conditions such as elevated temperatures, decreased temperatures, and high and low relative humidity. The data gathered throughout the study consists of printed volume measurements with aperture sizes ranging from 0.35 – 0.80 area ratio. Tack force and slump was measured for each test condition.

During the completion of her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at ACU & Baylor University, Nolan conducted research in organometallic chemistry. While working on building a polar carbon nanotube in use for studying catalytic processes, she successfully published three papers throughout her research in the Journal of Cluster Science as well as the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry.  

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