Symposium SB07—Bioelectrical Interfaces
Bioelectronics – a field intended to advance healthcare and to provide tools to further understand physiology and pathology – addresses the interface of biological systems with (opto)electronic materials and devices made thereof. In biology, intercellular communication plays a pivotal role in tissue organization and function. Indeed, in their native three-dimensional (3D) environment, cells are intimately connected to each other and to the surrounding matrix, forming a complex microenvironment. Recently, there has been an immense interest in developing materials and material assemblies that will monitor biological phenomena in a multiscale manner: from the molecular level to cellular networks and organ level, up-to macroscale for wearable compliant and flexible devices. Bridging the worlds of biology and electronics, this interdisciplinary symposium will cover the state-of-the-art as well emerging materials and materials assembly approaches used in bioelectrical interfaces to explore communication between and within cells in their native state and monitor electrophysiological state of the body. The topics that will be covered will vary from polymeric systems to solid state electronic devices, from molecular control of materials properties to the macroscopic assemblies with highly-adjusted functionalities.