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19 december 2018

Approved Industrial Partnership Programme


Number i33.
Title Nanophotonics for solid-state lighting (NSL)
Executive organisational unit AMOLF & DIFFER
Programme management Prof.dr. A.F. Koenderink
Duration 2014–2018
Cost estimate M€ 4.5
Partner(s) Philips

This Industrial Partnership Programme between FOM Institute AMOLF and Philips Research aims at achieving fundamental knowledge required to develop efficient solid-state light sources. A key element is the control of light-matter interactions using resonant photonic and plasmonic nanostructures at optical frequencies. By enhancing these light-matter interactions it will be possible to reach the ultimate limits of efficiency, and achieve control over beam shape and emission spectrum in white-light LEDs. Three main technological challenges will be addressed in this programme: 1) Control of beam shape and direction, 2) Spectral tuning of the emission by means of inexpensive and sustainable nanostructured materials, and 3) Optimized optical absorption of phosphors used for solid-state lighting.

Background, relevance and implementation
Solid-state lighting is a rapidly emerging technology that is causing a revolution in the lighting industry. Solid-state light sources provide unique flexibility in the color, tunability and direc­tivity of light, at high power and conversion efficiency. Moreover, they enable new lighting architectures that cannot be achieved with conventional means. The programme started as a continuation of the FOM group located at Philips in Eindhoven, while part of the research projects were performed in the laboratories of FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam. As a result of changes within Philips Lighting, the FOM group at Philips was relocated to FOM-institute DIFFER in September 2015. The programme is further continued at the two FOM-institutes AMOLF and DIFFER.

The programme will have well-chosen evaluation moments where international experts evaluate both results and future plans. The first evaluation will be organised in 2017/2018, when the first PhD students reached the final phase of their project. The FOM advisory committee on Nanophysics/-technology (NANO) will advise the Executive Board of FOM based on the international review report.
For the programme a scientific advisory board is established that meets yearly, and monitors progress of the programme. A supervisory board oversees overall progress of the programme. Drastic changes require approval of the supervisory board.