Rob Malay, PhD

Rob Malay, PhD

Technical Manager, VDI

Sharing Insights and Advancing Knowledge in Vacuum Deposition

Robert Malay is the Technical Manager at VDI and has been with the company since 2018. He leads all research and development work and is responsible for all process engineering projects and initiatives. Prior to this, he was a doctoral researcher at Binghamton University, working on integrating flexible glass into roll-to-roll systems, as well as fabricating and characterizing electronic devices made with R2R techniques. He is a member and regular presenter at The International Converting Exhibition (ICE), The Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC), and The Association for Roll-to-Roll Converters (ARRC, formerly AIMCAL). He also serves on the Board of Directors at ARRC. Robert holds a BS in Chemistry, as well as an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Binghamton University.

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Articles and Publications

Malay, R., Nandur, A., Hewlett, J., Vaddi, R., White, B. E., Poliks, M. D., Pollard, S. C. (2015). “Active and passive integration on flexible glass substrates: Subtractive single micron metal interposers and high performance IGZO thin film transistors”. 2015 IEEE 65th Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC). doi:10.1109/ectc.2015.7159667

Malay, R., Poliks, M. D., Sung, Y., Lombardi, J., Dederick, J., Westgate, C. R., Daly, C. (2017). “Transparent Antennas for Wireless Systems Based on Patterned Indium Tin Oxide and Flexible Glass”. 2017 IEEE 67th Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC). doi:10.1109/ectc.2017.314

Malay, R. E. Facilitated Volmer-Weber Nucleation of Sputtered Metal Films on Flexible Substrates for use in RF-Transparent Applications. Converting Quarterly Q1 2023. Retrieved from

Malay, R, E. Roll-to-Roll Porcessing’s Place in the Internet of Things. Converting Quarterly Q4 2020. Retrieved from


Malay, R, E, Ph.D (2019, October 8). “Utilizing Plasmon Mediated Constructive Interference for Selective Wavelength Reflection with Roll-to-Roll Physical Vapor Deposition.” Lecture presented at the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators in the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC. Winner of the John Matteucci Technical Excellence Award for Best Paper Presentation 

Malay, R. E., Ph.D (2019, April 11). Integration of Conductive Printing Techniques for Sensors and Flexible Electronics. Lecture presented at The International Converting Exhibition; InPrint USA in the International Convention Center, Louisville. Keynote Address 

Malay, R. E., Bezama, C., Poliks, M. D., Huang, M., Garner, S., & Pollard, S. (2018, May 8). Roll-to-Roll Integrated Deposition, Lithography, and Etching on Flexible Corning® Willow® Glass for Electronic Device Fabrication. Lecture presented at the Society of Vacuum Coaters Technical Conference, Orlando, Florida