Program

Materials

Solid state lighting is transforming general illumination with the promise of dramatic energy savings through widespread adoption. In order to maximally realize such benefits, lighting technologies must address human centric aspects such as light quality and color rendering, as well as the environmental impacts of the chosen solutions. Our Materials Team aims to address these critical aspects by developing new color-converting materials for the solid-state lighting market.

About our Materials Team

Our team consists of technicians, physicists, and chemists with a strong background in research and development. The main expertise of the Materials Team is in the field of rare-earth doped nanomaterials (“nano-phosphors”), but we also have experience with alternative materials like Quantum Dots and Perovskites. Due to the fundamental nature of the projects we often team up with world-leading university groups, and also have strong connections and collaborations with industrial partners to advance our projects towards scale-up and commercialization.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke - English writer, inventor and futurologist

Our Main Technology

Our main technology delivers new narrow-band red emitters, which have the promise to deliver significantly increased light output for warm white LEDs, while ensuring high color quality light. Currently, we are focusing our work around blue-excitable Eu3+ as line-emitter for warm white LEDs. Eu3+ is known for its excellent emission properties for white light, but its weak absorption in the blue prevents these ions to be used for LEDs. Our fundamentally new concept of inter-particle energy transfer at the nanoscale solves this, by using separate (nano)materials for absorption and emission events. Seaborough has demonstrated the feasibility of this technology with various different materials and is currently working on delivering warm white LED demonstration devices.

Facilities

Our labs are situated in one of the “Matrix Innovation Buildings” at the Science Park in Amsterdam, which is a great environment for young technical companies. The campus offers many advanced shared research facilities such as an electron microscopy center, as well as the possibility to have our own lab space. In these, we are fully equipped to perform materials synthesis and optical characterization of luminescent (nano)materials.

Public Funding

Our “EuroLED” program has been granted a Horizon 2020 Eurostars subsidy under the grant number EUROSTAR.2018.34. We have also several projects running in collaboration with the group of Prof. Andries Meijerink from Utrecht University which are supported by the Dutch Research Organisation NWO.

Optical Characterization Service

Do you need reliable optical measurements of luminescent materials? Do you have (nano)phosphor materials, quantum dots, perovskites, or other luminescent samples which need to be optically characterized? Then Seaborough has the solution with a measurement setup that is validated according to industrial values.

What are we working on

2016 - EuroLED
Developing
2017 - EuroLED concept
Patent
2017 - NWO LIFT subsidy
Subsidy
2018 - Proof of concept
Concept
2018 - Eurostars subsidy
Subsidy
2019 - Succesful synthesis
Development
2020 - Demo
Showcase
2020 - Demonstration
Demo

Our Materials Team

Valerio Favale

Research Assistant

Valerio obtained his master from Sapienza Università di Roma. He joined Seaborough in 2019 as chemical research assistant and is responsible for nano-phosphor synthesis, integration, and further optimizing the chemical synthesis procedures. In addition, he is responsible for the health and safety at Seaborough.

Anne Berends

Materials Scientist

Anne obtained her Masters in nanomaterials sciences and PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University. Her areas of expertise include (colloidal) inorganic synthesis, luminescent (nano) materials, advanced spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. She joined Seaborough in 2018 and works on the development and optimization of new luminescent materials.

Marie Anne van de Haar

Program Director Materials

Marie Anne obtained her Masters in nanomaterials sciences cum-laude from Utrecht University and holds a PhD in Nanophotonics from the physics research institute AMOLF. She joined Seaborough as Materials Scientist and Project Manager in 2015. Currently she is the Program Director Materials, where she is the technical program lead and responsible for running the current EuroLED program, including external partnerships and internal R&D Materials Team. She has been selected as ‘Technical Talent 2020’ by the Dutch engineering journal De Ingenieur, and is member of the program committee for the SPIE Photonics West Conference on Light-Emitting Diodes.

Mohamed Tachikirt

Research Assistant

Mohamed holds a Bachelor grade in physics from the Haagse Hogeschool (university of applied sciences). He has worked at the physics research institute AMOLF as lab technician, before moving to Seaborough in 2015. At Seaborough he is responsible for the optical characterization and prototyping of both LEDs and materials.

Rob Reus

Intern Materials

Rob joined Seaborough in 2020 as intern to finalize his to finalize his chemistry education at  the InHolland university of applied sciences. He is working on improving the synthesis of nano-YAG materials.

Mike Krames

Senior Advisor

Mike is a recognized world authority on visible-spectrum LEDs and their applications for lighting and displays, with more than 20 years of experience in both startups and large companies in the LED industry. He is currently President and Founder of Arkesso, LLC, based in Silicon Valley, California.  Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer at Soraa, Inc., an LED product company founded by Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura.  Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President at Philips Lumileds, where he ran the Advanced Laboratories and pioneered programs in LEDs and luminescence, focusing on materials, devices, and systems for applications to lighting and displays. He has served on numerous roundtables and panels for the U.S. Department of Energy and Basic Energy Sciences. He is an IEEE Fellow, IES Fellow and Chair of the SPIE Photonics West Conference on Light-Emitting Diodes.

He has been an advisor to Seaborough since 2015, where he is supporting technical and intellectual property development, project management, business development and the establishment of new partnerships.

Thom Snoeren

Materials Researcher

Thom Snoeren obtained his Masters in nanomaterials sciences Cum Laude from Utrecht University. During his studies he did several internships abroad, including projects at Kyoto University in Japan and New York University in the USA. He works on understanding and optimizing energy transfer processes using model systems.

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