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Smart sensing surfaces for vital signs monitoring

In this talk we will present the latest developments on smart sensing surfaces at TNO Holst Centre. Advancements in printed stretchable electronics are enabling large-area sensing devices that can measure vital signs. These devices can be seamlessly integrated on or close to surfaces that come regularly in contact with human beings. These include products as diverse as mattresses, shoes and car seats.

We will explain how our technological building blocks enable sensing surfaces for different application scenarios, while remaining “hidden” and being “non-intrusive”.

NIR imagers for clinical patient monitoring and diagnosis of diseases

Near Infrared imaging (NIR) is used for a wide range of applications in the healthcare domain. At TNO Holst Centre, we have developed a NIR imaging technology that has unique capabilities compared to current commercially available solutions. Our technology allows for large-area arrays of sensors in monitoring in point-of-care diagnosis and remote settings. Moreover, our sensors can be placed anywhere on the body, provide higher comfortability for the patient, and can be integrated in sensing platforms. These benefits open the possibility for new applications, and can improve patient diagnosis and monitoring in current applications.

Conformal high energy radiation detectors for medical imaging

In this talk we will introduce our high energy radiation detectors, used in a variety of medical X-ray applications and hadron cancer therapy. We will highlight the advantages of flexible detectors that open up diagnostic applications, and discuss TNO Holst Centre’s recent progress in perovskite-based direct conversion detectors, spectral X-ray detectors, dark field X-ray and large area detectors for quality assurance in hadron therapy.

Meet the speakers

Dr. Peter Zalar - Senior Scientist – Printed Sensors

Peter Zalar obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2014. His doctoral research focused on the characterization of the optical and electronic properties of novel π-conjugated polymers. He then joined the group of Prof. Takao Someya at The University of Tokyo as a project researcher. In that time he worked on the development of optoelectronic devices based on organic semiconductors for electronic skins and medical monitoring. Since January 2017, he is a Senior Research Scientist at Holst Centre in the group of hybrid and printed electronics, where his research focuses on printed sensors.

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Dr. Hylke Akkerman - Senior Researcher

Hylke Akkerman obtained a MSc degree in applied physics in 2003 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands on organic electronic devices. As part of his master’s program Hylke studied at the National University of Singapore and was an intern at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. He received a PhD degree in applied physics from the University of Groningen, where he obtained his degree with honors (cum laude, top 5%) in 2008 on the topic of molecular electronics. After his PhD Hylke received a Rubicon grant by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for a postdoctoral research fellowship of 2 years at Stanford University, California on the topic of organic thin film morphology and crystal growth for organic field-effect transistors. In 2011 Hylke joined TNO Holst Centre as a senior scientist on the topic of thin film encapsulation. Since 2017 he is the program manager for the thin-film imager activities at Holst Centre.

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Dr. Albert van Breemen - Senior Scientist - Imagers

Albert van Breemen received his PhD in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from the University Hasselt, Belgium, in 1999. In that same year he joined TNO as Project Leader, being responsible for the technical and scientific content of several large projects on plastic electronics, inorganic photovoltaics and self-assembly. Since 2007 he works as a senior scientist at TNO Holst Centre, focusing on development of technology for flexible electronics applications like organic photodetectors, X-ray imagers, polymer actuators, TFTs and memories.


Smart sensing surfaces for vital signs monitoring

presenter: Dr. Peter Zalar, duration: 20 + 10 min Q&A

NIR imagers for clinical patient monitoring and diagnosis of diseases

presenter: Dr. Hylke Akkerman, duration: 20 + 10 min Q&A

Monitoring and diagnosis using large-area sensors: Conformal high energy radiation detectors for medical imaging

presenter: Dr. Albert van Breemen, duration: 20 + 10 min Q&A

Monday, 2 November 2020

9 am San Francisco - 12 noon New York - 6 pm Amsterdam

90 minutes including live Q&A