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Deformable platform with thin-film based circuits and ultra-thin Si chips for smart contact lens applications

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Project "STRETCHLENS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KAPELDREEF 75
city: LEUVEN
postcode: 3001

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2018-08-31


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 Project objective

A smart contact lens is a device in direct contact with the eye, having integrated electronic functionalities in order to improve the well-being of the user. In that respect, these devices are envisaged to address diverse complex aspects, such as providing augmented reality, performing biomedical sensing and correcting or improving vision. For the first two application areas, possible approaches have already been demonstrated. However, the use of smart contact lenses to correct vision has only been recently proposed through the help of integrated liquid crystal (LC) cells. The integration of these LC cells in a contact lens is in particular appealing for ophthalmological disorders like iris perforation and presbyopia; the latter alone affecting more than 1 billion people. The STRETCHLENS platform envisages the hybrid integration of electro-optic capabilities (e.g. LC cells), RF transmission (e.g. antenna, ultra-thin Si chip - UTC), specific biomarker sensing (e.g. to identify some types of cancer cells) and thin-film based stretchable electrical interconnections. The platform, besides being stretchable due to the spherical shape of eye and manipulations during insertion/extraction of the lens, will incorporate novel 3-D electrical interconnections which will allow for multilayer metallization to integrate UTC’s, minimizing surface area and greatly improving miniaturization. Furthermore, the project will develop new knowledge through technological advancement and models of adhesion/cohesion at the interface of hard/soft composites, in order to predict delamination failures and optimize assemblies through design. The completion and development of such highly integrated stretchable systems will open up diverse research opportunities in the fields of biomaterial science, stretchable micromechanics, and autonomous biomedical and conformal electronics smart systems.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Celine Vanhaverbeke, Andrés Felipe Vasquez Quintero, Lucas Oorlynck, Xiaobing Shang and Herbert De Smet
Optimization of thermoformed displays for smart contact lenses
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EuroDisplay Every year 2019-04-29
2016 Andrés Felipe Vasquez Quintero, Rik Verplancke, Jelle De Smet, Herbert De Smet and Jan Vanfleteren
Stretchable electronic platform for soft and smart contact lens applications
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Materials Research Society Every 6 months 2019-04-29
2017 Andrés Vásquez Quintero, Rik Verplancke, Herbert De Smet, Jan Vanfleteren
Stretchable Electronic Platform for Soft and Smart Contact Lens Applications
published pages: 1700073, ISSN: 2365-709X, DOI: 10.1002/admt.201700073
Advanced Materials Technologies 2/8 2019-04-29
2017 Herbert De Smet, Andres Felipe Vasquez Quintero, et al.
Thin and spherical-cap-shaped LCD with a flexible thin-film driver for use in a smart contact lens
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Society of Information Display Every year 2019-04-29
2017 Herbert De Smet, Xiaobing Shang, Celine Vanhaverbeke and Andrés Felipe Vasquez Quintero
Simple multifocal lens based on liquid crystals
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EuroDisplay Every year 2019-04-29
2017 Andrés Felipe Vasquez Quintero, Rik Verplancke, Herbert De Smet and Jan Vanfleteren
Stretchable platform enabled with wireless power for smart contact lenses
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Materials Research Society Every 6 months 2019-04-29
2017 Andrés Felipe Vasquez Quintero, Jan Vanfleteren, Frederick Bossuyt, Bart Plovie, Rik Verplancke and Herbert De Smet
Fabrication of fixed-shape soft smart objects by thermoplastic forming of flat stretchable circuits
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Materials Research Society Every 6 months 2019-04-29
2016 Andrés Felipe Vasquez Quintero, Simon Delcour, Rik Verplancke, Herbert De Smet and Jan Vanfleteren
Smart Contact Lens Platform with a Deformed Active Artificial Iris
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International Display Workshop Every year 2019-04-29

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