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Show and Tell: a world with printed electronics    Jul 04, 2019

Show and Tell: a world with printed electronics
Jul 04, 2019


De heer Manoj JOSE



Welcome to show and tell. Today we sit together with Ph.D. student Manoj Jose, who does research in the development of multisensory arrays for health monitoring applications. Manoj shows us his favorite spot on campus and tells us all about his research, dreams, ambitions, and passions…


Q: “Why did you choose this location?

A: “The vibrant and dynamic ambience provided by the corridor that we see on entering the Agoralaan building, D is my favorite place inside the campus. One of the most engaging and relaxed locations on the campus, worthy to spend some quality time in and calm down after a busy day.

Q: “How would you explain your research to a five-year-old?

A: “Printing electronics is the key motto behind my research. Printing techniques have been used for years to duplicate images and texts. Nowadays, printing has become an interesting material deposition technique to put functional materials onto paper, plastics or into glass surfaces. This opens up the door for an enormous amount of possibilities for interesting applications. My research mainly focusses on the development of a multisensory array into a health monitoring patch. For this application, the sensor needs to be flexible, stretchable, preferably printed and compatible for wearables.

Q: “What is the status of your research?

A: “Currently, I am 28 months into my Ph.D. journey. The first phase of the research was focused on the development of individual sensors for health assessment. Health monitoring parameters like temperature, strain, impedance, moisture, and pH of the body can be sensed with the printed devices developed during this phase. The next phase of the research will be the integration of these sensors with the electronic read outs and testing it in simulated conditions.


Q: “Why this research?

A: “The health care sector has difficulties monitoring wound healing in a non-invasive way as they only have techniques like wound swab analysis at their disposal. So the demands for an alternative and more efficient method of wound monitoring without opening it are high. We are introducing an innovative approach for such a scenario with a multisensory array on wound dressing. The proposed wound dressing monitors the wound in a less invasive manner and optimizes the wound conditions simultaneously, thus leading to better wound healing.

Q: “If you wouldn’t be working at UHasselt, where would you be now?

A: “Who knows? Probably somewhere else in the world working on printed electronics as well.


Q: “What did you want to become growing up?

A: “From the age of 5 to 25, my dreams have always stayed the same but the way I wanted to do things has changed. There are uncertainty, intuitions, and risks that make life interesting. The most important thing for me is to dream. Dreaming turns plans into action and keeps us engaged in the essence of life.

Q: “What are your professional ambitions?

A: “At a younger age, I wanted to become a teacher. As I am getting older, I start to look at things from a different perspective. However, this basic instinct remains the same. Long term, I see myself going back to my native country. In India, the engineering education system and industry are not as intertwined as in Belgium. Therefore, I would like to indulge in activities to open up links between university research and the industry with a focus on printed electronics. The experiences I gain here at UHasselt will be the backbone for my future plans.

Q: “One final question, what is a book/movie/concert that you would recommend to colleagues?

A: “Wings of fire, an autobiography of the missile man of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (1931-2015). He was a scientist in Indian space research organization by profession, an inspirational personality and a role model for many. He even became the president of India. He taught us how to dream. According to him, dreams are not that which you see in your sleep but they are something that does not let you sleep.