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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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 Belgian Royal Couple visits Holst Centre

Posted on Nov 30, 2016

Belgian Royal Couple visits Holst Centre

Today, Holst Centre – an open innovation initiative by the Flanders-based world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies imec and independent Dutch R&D organization TNO – had the honor to welcome Their Royal Highnesses Philippe and Mathilde, King and Queen of the Belgians at its offices at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The visit was part of the royal couple's 3-day state visit to the Netherlands.   King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Holst Centre to learn more about its activities in the field of Internet of Health. After an official welcome by Managing Directors Ton van Mol and John Baekelmans and a speech by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade Agency, the royal couple were shown several dem...

 Novel high-speed deposition process outperforms current techniques for making displays

Posted on Nov 24, 2016

Novel high-speed deposition process outperforms current techniques for making displays

Fast and industry-compatible, spatial atomic layer deposition (sALD) promises to revolutionize production of thin-film displays. Now researchers at Holst Centre have shown that sALD can deliver semiconductor layers with better performance than physical vapor deposition (PVD) at the same – and potentially even higher – throughputs. An easily scalable, atmospheric-pressure process, sALD could soon become the preferred method for creating large-area thin-film and flexible devices.   A key step in producing next-generation ultra-high definition) displays is the creation of a highly uniform layer of an amorphous oxide semiconductor such as indium-gallium zinc oxide (IGZO). Today, this is typically done using a PVD technique known as sputter deposition. Sputtering requires expen...

Posted on Nov 14, 2016

John Baekelmans new Managing Director imec the Netherlands / Holst Centre

As of November 14th, John Baekelmans will take up the position of Managing Director of imec the Netherlands / Holst Centre. He will take over the role and responsibilities of Bert Gyselinckx.   For the last 21 years, John Baekelmans held various global leadership positions at C...

 The first wearable daylight, sunlight and vitamin D coach in the world

Posted on Nov 9, 2016

The first wearable daylight, sunlight and vitamin D coach in the world

Dutch start-up e-Senses , in collaboration with Holst Centre, has developed the world's first personal sunlight, daylight and vitamin D coach. The Helios smart ring gives wearers feedback on the amount of sunlight they receive and how much vitamin D they create, personalized to their skin...

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