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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

81 Citations

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

Tuning contact resistance in top-contact p-type and n-type organic field effect transistors by self-generated interlayers

Sarkar, T., Shamieh, B., Verbeek, R., Kronemeijer, A. J., Gelinck, G. H. & Frey, G. L., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Advanced Functional Materials. 1805617

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Organic field effect transistors
Contact resistance
contact resistance
field effect transistors

A 52 µW heart-rate measurement interface fabricated on a flexible foil with A-IGZO TFTs

Zulqarnain, M., Stanzione, S., van der Steen, J. L. P. J., Gelinck, G. H., Myny, K., Abdinia, S. & Cantatore, E., 2018, ESSCIRC 2018 - IEEE 44th European Solid State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) . Piscataway: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 222-225 4 p.

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

Metal foil
Pulse width modulation
3 Citations

Atmospheric plasma-enhanced spatial-ALD of lnZnO for high mobility thin film transistors

Illiberi, A., Katsouras, I., Gazibegovic, S., Cobb, B., Nekovic, E., van Boekel, W., Frijters, C. H., Maas, J., Roozeboom, F., Creyghton, Y. L. M., Poodt, P. & Gelinck, G. H., 14 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films. 36, 4, 7 p., 04F401

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Zinc Oxide
Atomic layer deposition
Thin film transistors
atomic layer epitaxy
Zinc oxide

A universal route to fabricate n-i-p multi-junction polymer solar cells via solution processing

Rasi, D. D. C., Hendriks, K. H., Heintges, G. H. L., Simone, G., Gelinck, G. H., Gevaerts, V. S., Andriessen, R., Pirotte, G., Maes, W., Li, W., Wienk, M. M. & Janssen, R. A. J., May 2018, In : Solar RRL. 2, 5, 11 p., 1800018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Bachelor final project (10ECTS)

1/09/13 → …


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