Symposium F.FL01—Bioelectronic Materials for Neural Interfaces—Stimulation, Sensing, Power and Packaging
Devices that can measure and manipulate biological signals in the brain and body have the potential to treat diseases in ways that complement or replace traditional pharmaceutical therapies. These bioelectronic interfaces also give researchers new methods to study fundamental biological processes in humans and model organisms with minimal disruption to natural behavior. To realize this promising future for bioelectronic devices we must continue to improve the materials that form the sensing and stimulation interface between inorganic devices and biological tissue. Additionally, we must consider packaging that permits stable operation over the intended lifetime of the devices, and materials for energy harvesting or power delivery. Fundamental materials work is needed to address these challenges while respecting the current trend toward smaller, more flexible, and biocompatible bioelectronic systems. The topics covered in this symposium focus on the materials challenge related to bioelectronic interface materials and the methods to deliver power and maintain stable device performance in both the research and clinical setting.