Presentation of Holst Centre / TNO at 3DPE Conference: “Stretching the limits of printed electronics”

Marc Koetse, Senior Researcher at Holst Centre / TNO, confirmed to present at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference. Subject of his presentation: “Stretching the limits of printed electronics”.

In the last decades, research on organic and large area electronics (OLAE) has focused mainly on large topics like organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics. This research is typically guided by universities and large companies and is focusing on the long term. There is however a vast amount of small scale applications that may also be enabled with OLAE technologies. Instead of pushing an entirely new, disturbing technology base to the market, we found that the acceptance of OLAE technologies is much better if replacement of small parts in products. This strategy formed the basis for the hybrid integration technology that we developed in our group.

In our contribution we will show how this hybrid electronics evolved, exemplified by products and prototypes that we developed for our partners and customers. Starting with medicine packages with embedded electronics that are now being industrialized, this eventually led to wearable and stretchable devices. We will address the main challenges in the development and also how manufacturers are currently implementing the technology in real products.

About Marc Koetse
Dr. Marc Koetse joined TNO in 2003 after a post doc project on new materials for organic photovoltaics. In time his interest moved from materials via devices to the integration of systems. He joined Holst Centre from the start in October 2005. Here he was project leader of integration related projects. Currently the main focus of his work is on system engineering, integration and feasibility of foil based products including printed electronics.

About Holst Centre / TNO
Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and Flexible Electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.

Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first Director of Philips Research.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from 28 nationalities and a commitment from close to 40 industrial partners.

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