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To put the power of spectral sensing in the hands of farmers.

Academic background

Don (Martinus Johannes) van Elst obtained his bachelor’s degree and consequently his master’s degree in Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). During his master external internship he visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for several months to work in The Spin Dynamics Laboratory, or Beach Group. His graduation thesis was written in the Microsystems and Devices group at Philips Research on the High Tech Campus (HTC) in Eindhoven. Since November 2020, he is a Doctoral Candidate at TU/e in the photonics and semiconductor nanophysics group (PSN).

Research profile

Don van Elst works in the photonics and semiconductor nanophysics group (PSN). Here, he works on the realization of compact spectral sensors operating in the near-infrared. His focus is on the design, fabrication and demonstration of these devices, while keeping an eye on real-life applications. These sensors can be a portable alternative to regular spectrometers, making them suitable for in-field applications, for example in agri-food.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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