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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium CC—Organic Bioelectronics—From Biosensing Platforms to Implantable Nanodevices

A rapidly growing research area, Organic Bioelectronics, promises to fully interface biology with electronics, not only to transduce biological events into electrical signals, but also to stimulate biosystems through electrical/optical input.

Several reasons have prompted scientists to create a synergy between the unique features of organic electronics and the biological world. Among these are the possibility to develop advanced biosensors with excellent selectivity and sensitivity, to print low-cost, disposable electronic devices on flexible plastic or paper substrates, and to chemically tune the organic materials’ properties improving their biocompatibility and biodegradability. Applications ranging from the detection of biological compounds to the monitoring of cells’ growth and drug delivery have been explored so far, along with several device architectures and types of materials. Furthermore, implantable organic electronic devices that can enhance tissue regeneration or control cell signaling are beginning to emerge.

By bringing together experts from multiple disciplines, this symposium will provide an interdisciplinary forum that highlights recent advances in organic bioelectronics for life sciences. The themes will include lab-on-a-chip biosensing platforms, in vitro and in vivo diagnostic tools, systems for drug delivery and tissue engineering. A bird’s eye view on emerging materials such as naturally occurring conducting polymers and graphene-like materials will be included as well.

Topics will include:

  • Natural, bioinspired, biocompatible andbiodegradable materials for organic bioelectronics
  • Biosensing platforms based on organic materials,including graphene and graphene-like compounds
  • Iontronics, and ion-conducting active materialsand devices
  • Organic devices interfaced to cells/tissues for in vitro and in vivo applications
  • New strategies to interface biological moleculesto organic devices
  • Organic devices for drug delivery
  • Disposable and printed organic devices forbiomedical applications
  • Organic electronic flexible skin
  • Organic optoelectronics for stimulation (i.e. optogenetics), and sensing (optical detection, imaging)
  • Active materials/devices for poweringbioelectronics
  • Implantable organic nanodevices

Invited Speakers:

  • Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Fabio Biscarini (University of Modena, Italy)
  • Piero Cosseddu (University of Cagliari, Italy)
  • Jeff Hendricks (Biotectix, USA)
  • David Kisailus (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Seung-Wuk Lee (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • George Malliaras (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St. Etienne, France)
  • Kyriaki Manoli (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Mark A. Reed (Yale University, USA)
  • John A. Rogers (University of Illinois, USA)
  • Kenneth L. Shepard (Columbia University, USA)
  • Daniel Simon (Linköpings Universitet, Sweden)
  • Jason Slinker (The University of Texas, Dallas, USA)
  • Molly Stevens (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • John D. Tovar (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • János Vörös (University and ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Gordon Wallace (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Feng Yan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Maria Magliulo
Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"
Department of Chemistry

Alon A. Gorodetsky
University of California, Irvine
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Jonathan Rivnay
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne
Department of Bioelectronics

Michele Sessolo
University of Valencia
Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMoI)

Paul Sheehan
United States Naval Research Laboratory