Company Description

"""Pick and Place"" tools, the mechanical equivalent of human hand-eye assembly, have been the state of the art in electronic assembly for over 30 years. Today, electrical components can be as small as a red blood cell, and assembly can involve moving thousands, or even millions, of tiny components into place on a circuit substrate.

A MicroLED TV for example - with over 35 Million components - takes weeks to assemble, which is not commercially viable. Analysts have identified the lack of an economically practical method of transferring tiny components en masse as the most significant barrier to building the next generation of displays, wearables, and miniaturized medical devices.

While mechanical processes are great for moving small numbers of large things, they fail when the scale is large numbers of microscopic things. In biological systems, we use bones and muscles to move objects at the macro-scale, but at the cellular-scale our neurological, digestive, and endocrine systems are chemical-based.

At Terecircuits, we asked ourselves ""could a slow and inefficient mechanical process be replaced with a fast, highly controllable and efficient chemical process?""

A similar problem was solved by the semiconductor industry that went from hand-assembling transistors in the 50’s to leveraging the power of light, chemistry, and lithography to give us modern integrated circuits; essentially ""printing"" transistors on silicon.

Terecircuits has developed a light and chemical-based approach to transfer and assemble large numbers of individual microscopic components. This radical new approach will revolutionize the $200 Billion assembly and packaging industry.

Contact Person

Dillon Love
Polymer Engineer
dlove@terecircuits.com

Dillon grew up on a small farm in rural North Carolina. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NC State University in 2014 and his Ph.D. from CU Boulder where he was selected as the Max S. Peters Outstanding Graduate for the class of 2020. In his undergraduate studies, he worked with Professor Richard Spontak to develop a novel vapor assisted annealing method for thin film block ionomers. During his graduate studies in the Bowman Lab, Dillon’s main passion was understanding the effects of molecular topology on the reactive nature of organic functional groups in the context of macromolecular synthesis that led him to the invention of a new class of photoinitiators and polyamino materials. In June of 2020, Dillon joined as the first employee of Terecircuits where he has worked on synthesizing our proprietary polymer and fundamentally characterizing our process at the molecular level.