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Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.


Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things. This is visible through the motivation of its researchers,  its different collaboration models and the choice of its research topics.


Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. 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, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners.



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 Imec, Holst Centre and Barco Silex Collaborate on Data Security for Wearables and Internet of Things Networks

Posted on May 25, 2016

Imec, Holst Centre and Barco Silex Collaborate on Data Security for Wearables and Internet of Things Networks

The world-leading nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) and micro-electronic design house Barco Silex, belonging to the Barco group, today announced that they will collaborate to implement data security into sensors for wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks. The organizations are coming together to bring data security for the IoT to the next level.   Smart wearables for lifestyle and health monitoring as well as many other personal IoT applications are evolving with a plethora of capabilities at a rapid pace. However, trust is key for a broad adoption and the implementation of a true intuitive IoT society -with sensors invisibly embedded everywhere in the environment, measuring all kind of parameters and making smar...

Posted on May 24, 2016

Imec and Holst Centre Present Multi-Standard Low-Power Wide-Area Radio Chip

The world-leading nanoelectronics research centers imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO), presented a low-power wide-area (LPWA) multi-standard radio chip today at imec's annual technology forum in Brussels (ITF Brussels 2016). The new radio chip is a best-in-class product, which c...

Posted on May 9, 2016

Solliance realizes first up-scaled Perovskite based PV modules with 10% efficiency.

Solliance demonstrates a record 10% aperture area power conversion efficiency for its up-scaled thin-film perovskite photovoltaic modules. The efficiency was measured on an aperture area of 168 cm2. Twenty-five cells were serial connected through an optimized P1, P2, P3 interconnection technolo...

 Completion of Flex-o-Fab project signals next stage of flexible OLED industrialization

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

Completion of Flex-o-Fab project signals next stage of flexible OLED industrialization

Flex-o-Fab, a major collaborative project run by Holst Centre, has successfully completed its goals in the development of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Building on existing technologies and innovating new processes, the project's partners can be congratulated on many achievements – including indium-free electrodes and brighter OLEDs. Overall, the project has strengthened Europe's leading position in the lighting industry by taking flexible OLEDs a giant step closer to commercial reality.   More robust than their rigid, glass-based counterparts, flexible OLEDs open up a whole new field of lighting systems. Thin, lightweight, bendable and transparent, they can be embedded into all kinds of everyday objects – imagination is the only limit to their ...

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