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Personal profile


“A better understanding of flexible and even printed electronics – their potential and limitations – is key to delivering next-generation mobile and wearable devices.”

Research profile

Gerwin Gelinck is Part-time Professor in the Department of Applied Physics, part of the Molecular Materials and Nanosystems group and chair of Flexible, Large-area Electronics. Flexible and printed thin-film transistors are important for a broad range of applications – foldable and rollable displays come to mind, but also medical X-ray detectors, electronic skin and retinal implants. Gelinck’s expertise in this field is the result of a career-long interest, from his PhD in electrical functional polymers through organic thin-film transistor research at Philips to his decade-long appointment at the Holst Centre, leading a large team of researchers working on flexible, large-area electronics. His mandate as professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is to explore future and emerging applications of these interesting electronics.

In addition, Gelinck also has extensive skill in business and strategy. As Program Director at TNO, he focuses not only on R&D innovation management but also on business, consortium and talent development.

His research interests include novel solution-processed semiconductors, fundamental charge and energy transport in these disordered materials in thin-film transistors and photodiodes, and applications based on these materials/devices.

Academic background

Gerwin Gelinck studied Solid State Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen from 1988 to 1994 and obtained his PhD from the Technical University of Delft on the photophysics of semiconducting polymers in 1998. In that same year, Gelinck joined Philips Research as Senior Scientist. He co-founded Polymer Vision and worked there as Chief Scientist until 2006. Since January 2007, Gelinck is leading an international team of researchers that work on flexible, large-area electronics at the Holst Centre/TNO. He was appointed part-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2014 and became Research Fellow at TNO in 2015.

External positions

Program director, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research - TNO

1 Jan 200731 Dec 2099

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Research Output 1996 2019

108 Citations (Scopus)

Mechanical and electronic properties of thin-film transistors on plastic, and their integration in flexible electronic applications

Heremans, P., Tripathi, A. K., de Jamblinne de Meux, A., Smits, E. C. P., Hou, B., Pourtois, G. & Gelinck, G. H., 8 Jun 2016, In : Advanced Materials. 28, 22, p. 4266-4282

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Flexible electronics
Thin film transistors
Electronic properties

Active-matrix IGZO array with printed thermistor for large-area thermal imaging

van der Steen, J. L. P. J., Peters, L. C. J. M., Smits, E. C. P., Zalar, P. & Gelinck, G. H., 1 Jul 2019, FLEPS 2019 - IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems, Proceedings. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 3 p. 8792229

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Infrared imaging
form factors

A high-resolution thin-film fingerprint sensor using a printed organic photodetector

Tordera, D., Peeters, B., Akkerman, H. B., van Breemen, A. J. J. M., Maas, J., Shanmugam, S., Kronemeijer, A. J. & Gelinck, G. H., 1 Nov 2019, In : Advanced Materials Technologies. 4, 11, 6 p., 1900651

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Thin films
Zinc Oxide
Molybdenum oxide

A low power time domain ECG interface based on flexible a-IGZO TFTs

Zulqarnain, M., Stanzione, S., van der Steen, J. L. P. J., Gelinck, G. H., Myny, K. & Cantatore, E., 1 Jun 2019, Proceedings - 2019 8th International Workshop on Advances in Sensors and Interfaces, IWASI 2019. Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 205-209 5 p. 8791321

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Time Domain
pulse duration
Low-frequency Noise

Degradation mechanisms in organic lead halide Perovskite light-emitting diodes

Prakasam, V., Tordera, D., Bolink, H. J. & Gelinck, G., 2 Sep 2019, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 1900902

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Light emitting diodes
light emitting diodes


Organic electronics

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Gerwin H. Gelinck (Researcher), René A.J. Janssen (Researcher), Stefan C.J. Meskers (Researcher)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

The temporal response of organic photodiodes for imaging applications

Author: Ligthart, A., 30 Nov 2015

Supervisor: Meskers, S. (Supervisor 1) & Gelinck, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master