2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

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.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding the interface between electronic materials and biological systems
  • Novel biocompatible and biodegradable electroactive small molecules and polymers
  • Carbon nanotubes, graphene, and inorganic active materials for bioelectronics
  • Soft functional and active materials such as conducting hydrogels, self-healing polymers, conductive composites, fibers, liquid metal alloys (and their interfaces with electroactive cells)
  • Flexible bioelectronics, such as artificial skins and e-textiles for brain-machine interfacing and health monitoring
  • Materials for I/O neuronal interfaces
  • Solid state devices for subcellular interfaces
  • Novel biological signal transduction approaches
  • Devices and materials that combine multiple sensing or stimulation modalities
  • Biologically transient electronics
  • Biosensing/stimulation devices, and closed loop sensing/stimulation
  • Manufacturing: 3D printing, inkjet printing, electrospinning, laser and mechanical subtractive manufacturing
  • Soft-robotics: materials, manufacturing, and systems
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Flavia Vitale (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Luisa Torsi (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
  • Dvir Tal (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Takao Someya (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Francesca Santoro (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Jonathan Rivnay (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University, USA)
  • Nick Melosh (Sanford University, USA)
  • George Malliaras (Ecole de MINES Saint-Étienne, France)
  • Nanshu Lu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Stephanie Lacour (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Ingrid Graz (Johannes Kepler University, Austria)
  • Eric Glowacki (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Susan Daniel (Cornell University, USA)
  • Tracy Cui (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Magnus Berggren (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Ana Arias (University of California Berkeley, USA)
  • Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jacob Robinson (Rice University, USA)
  • Charles Lieber (Harvard University, USA)
  • Bianxiao Cui (Stanford University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Christoph Tondera
Technische Universität Dresden
Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB) Germany

Sahika Inal
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division
Saudi Arabia

Anastasia Elias
University of Alberta
Chemical and Materials Engineering

Tzahi Cohen-Karni
Carnegie Mellon University

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