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ECE Colloquium 2021


23 June 2021, 12:00 Athens time via Zoom

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Flexible IC for Medical Applications


Among the diverse and ever-expanding list of candidate technologies to serve the Internet of Everything, the rise of thin-film transistors (TFTs) on plastic as active components for ubiquitous ICs has been nothing short of meteoric. The stage for this explosion of interest was set by a pivotal advantage of the low manufacturing cost and ultra-thin form factor, as demonstrated in recent prototypes of thin-film RFID and NFC tags. From smart sensors to flexible displays, from microprocessors to wireless tags- what you need are flexible electronics thinner than paper. Plastic TFT ICs (TFIC) bend around curved packaging, merge seamlessly in every-day objects, and allow for inexpensive manufacturing. TFIC enables very thin chips (below 15um) that are mechanically soft, flexible, and (semi-)transparent. This new ultra-thin form factor opens up a whole range of interesting applications: besides invisible electronics in paper and packaging, and electronic contact lenses, wearable health sensors patches are a promising test case in the challenging social distancing times.

About the speaker

Dr. Nikolaos Papadopoulos (Researcher, IC designer) received a 5yrs diploma (2005) and a PhD (2010) on poly-TFT circuit design on flexible/glass substrates at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). In 2009, he was a recipient of ERASMUS scholarship at Universidad Polytechnic Catalunya (SPAIN) on solution processed TFTs and circuits. From 2011 to 2015, he was a postdoc with the AFET group, University of Waterloo (Canada) working on CMOS driving, monitoring and TFT circuit designs for flexible AMOLED displays. In 2015, he joined IMEC (Belgium) as a researcher developing analog circuits and RFID/NFC tags on plastic. Nikolas has been involved in the FP7 project PYTHAGORAS and a number of H2020 projects including CAPID, A-PATCH, FLICS, innovation awarded PING, Hi-Response and SMARTEES. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications at IEEE, SID conferences and journals and a front-page cover at Nature Electronics.

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