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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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 (Not) breaking the barrier to foldable OLED displays

Posted on Nov 15, 2017

(Not) breaking the barrier to foldable OLED displays

Eindhoven, November 15th 2017 - With today's smartphones, tablets and laptops, there always seems to be a compromise: do you choose a bigger display for a better experience or a smaller, more portable device? But what if you could have both? Displays the size of newspapers that fold up to ...

Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Holst Centre and AMSYSTEMS Center showcase latest developments in flexible and printed electronics at IDTechEx show! USA

Eindhoven (NL) / Santa Clara (CA, USA), November 14th, 2017 – On November 15-16, 2017, Holst Centre, an open innovation initiative of imec and TNO, and AMSYSTEMS Center, a joint innovation center of TNO and the High Tech Systems Center of Eindhoven University of Technology, will demonstrate t...

  Holst Centre, imec and Philips demo world's first curved, plastic photodetector

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

 Holst Centre, imec and Philips demo world's first curved, plastic photodetector

Researchers from Holst Centre, imec and Royal Philips have produced the first ever prototype of a curved photodetector on a plastic substrate. The breakthrough paves the way for smaller optical and 3D imaging X-ray systems with better, more uniform image quality. A prototype curved X-ray detector has been integrated into a medical cone-beam CT (CBCT) demonstrator that will be presented at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 22.   Curved surfaces are the most natural shape for photodetectors – just think of the human eyeball. Nevertheless, today's photo-imager arrays are flat. Flat optical detectors suffer from a phenomenon called vignetting, where image quality at the edge of the detector is less than at the cen...

 CPT and imec / Holst Centre Demonstrate 1250 ppi, FMM-free Multicolor OLED Displays with Photolithography

Posted on Sep 20, 2017

CPT and imec / Holst Centre Demonstrate 1250 ppi, FMM-free Multicolor OLED Displays with Photolithography

Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. (CPT) together with the European research institute imec in the framework of the Holst Centre collaboration, showcase today an ultra-high resolution display realized by photolithography patterning of organic light emitting diode (OLED) arrays. The results pave the wa...

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 (2)

What next for healthcare monitoring?

The world is aging. There were 600 million people aged over 60 in 2000, and predictions suggest there will be more than 2 billion by 2050. As we get older, we typically get more health problems. Long-term illnesses like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are rising and are set to accelerate. ...

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 (0)

Putting our energy into novel storage solutions

Holst Centre exists to help the transfer to industrialization of new technologies that could address societal issues and trends. Climate change is perhaps the most pressing issue facing the world today. And it is driving big changes in how we generate and use energy.   A stable renewable...

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 (0)

My end of year thoughts

Looking back at 2016 Where 2016 has been a small disaster for the entertainment and sports industries (just think about the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali and others), the technology industry has been pushing forward full steam ahead. Will 2016 be the year where re-usable rock...

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 (3)

One week into my new challenge at Holst Centre ...

The digital transformation It took us over 100 years to evolve from the first telephone to the first website. But just 16 years to bring the first smartphone in our daily life. The rate of innovation acceleration will only increase in the coming years and it's clear that the digital tr...

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