Researcher - IMEC

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 AUTH (Greece). In 2009, he was a recipient of ERASMUS scholarship at UPC (SPAIN) on solution processed TFTs and circuits. From 2011 to 2015, he was a postdoc with the AFET group, UW (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 and other conferences and journals.

The subject of his speech...

Flexible Thin-Film IC for the IoE era

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 25um) that are mechanically soft, flexible and (semi-)transparent. This new ultra-thin form factor opens up a whole range of interesting applications: invisible electronics in paper and packaging, wearable sensors patches also known as ‘electronic tattoo’, and electronic contact lenses are just a few examples. And novel materials and large-area fabrication processes allow for inexpensive manufacturing in large quantities.