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Polymer-based micro-array sensors
Author(s): Ruben B. A. Sharpe; Peter A. Rensing; Gert T. van Heck; Bart A. M. Allard; Marc M. Koetse; Nicole N. M. M. Meulendijks; Peter G. M. Kruijt; Marcel W. W. J. Tijdink; René M. de Zwart; Sjaak J. J. F. van Veen; Herman F. M. Schoo
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Paper Abstract

The introduction in the market of ubiquitous sensing applications relies heavily on the availability of affordable sensors. Key in the cost of a sensor is its modus of manufacture. In this paper a sensing scheme is presented, in which the signal transduction is based on an induced change in the optical path between an organic light emitting diode (OLED) and an organic photovoltaic (OPV) array. Using this platform, several aspects of cost efficient manufacturing technology are investigated. These aspects include the intrinsic printability of the active (OLED, responsive coating and OPV) components, which allows control of the local sensor functionality and sensitivity. It offers a large amount of freedom in sensor layout, while using relatively few process steps. Also investigated is the ability to realize the active devices on foil, which enables high throughput processing (e.g. in a reel-to-reel scheme). Moreover, the presented generic sensing scheme is of a modular design. It allows easy switching of the sensor functionality mostly by simply changing the transduction module. Since this does not affect the production parameters of the other components, these may be standardized, thus invoking favorable economies of scale.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6659, Organic-based Chemical and Biological Sensors, 665908 (12 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.733782
Show Author Affiliations
Ruben B. A. Sharpe, TNO (Netherlands)
Peter A. Rensing, TNO (Netherlands)
Gert T. van Heck, TNO (Netherlands)
Bart A. M. Allard, TNO (Netherlands)
Marc M. Koetse, TNO (Netherlands)
Nicole N. M. M. Meulendijks, TNO (Netherlands)
Peter G. M. Kruijt, TNO (Netherlands)
Marcel W. W. J. Tijdink, TNO (Netherlands)
René M. de Zwart, TNO (Netherlands)
Sjaak J. J. F. van Veen, TNO (Netherlands)
Herman F. M. Schoo, TNO (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6659:
Organic-based Chemical and Biological Sensors
Ruth Shinar; George G. Malliaras, Editor(s)

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