Miniaturized full-organic spectroscopic NIR-OLED-sensor-systems (FLEXMONIRS)


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2+2 Projects with Japan
Optics and Photonics

Joint project: Miniaturized full-organic spectroscopic NIR-OLED-sensor-systems (FLEXMONIRS)
Project consortium Funded Partners:

  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • Senorics GmbH
  • Yamagata University
  • ITO Electronic Co., Ltd.

 Associated Partners:

  • Organic Electronics Saxony Management GmbH
Project coordination: Organic Electronics Saxony (OES)
Würzburger Straße 51, 01187 Dresden
Funding period: 01.06.2021 – 31.05.2024



NIR sensors are currently enormously important in many markets, for example for processes in quality control or the identification of specific molecules. However, current measurement systems are either large, heavy and expensive or not sensitive to wavelengths beyond 1000 nm. As a result, these systems are severely limited in their potential applications.

Aims and Approach

The FLEXMONIRS project serves to strengthen the networking of four research and industrial partners from Saxony and the Yonezawa region in Japan for the achievement of common scientific and economic goals: the development of miniaturized spectroscopic near-infrared (NIR) sensor systems for use e.g. in food packaging.

The Technische Universität Dresden and Senorics have developed an organic NIR detector that will profoundly revolutionize the application scenarios for spectroscopic NIR analysis with low-cost, highly functional and, above all, miniaturized components. However, miniaturization has so far lacked a compatible light source that can be cost-effectively integrated into an overall system.

New research results from Yamagata University on NIR OLEDs show that compatible systems are indeed possible and, as a counterpart to the organic sensor, allow the production of dual NIR sensor systems. The development of such NIR OLEDs with emission wavelengths beyond 1000 nm would accelerate the development of sensor systems for many applications.

With ITO Electronic’s experience in device design and mass production of miniaturized electronic modules, a technical demonstrator of an integrated NIR-OLED sensor system can be realized in the project, combining the two organic sister technologies in one device.