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Symposium F.SM04—Degradable and Self-Healing Electronic Materials for Biological Interfaces

This symposium will cover current trends, advances and perspectives on the use of flexible, stretchable and self-healing electronic materials for biological interfaces. Flexible, stretchable and self-healing electronic materials are highly demanded in bioelectronics. However, despite recent progress, their fabrication remains challenging, due to the difficulty to combine properties that are in principle mutually exclusive, such as high electrical conductivity, mechanical strength and flexibility/stretchability. In addition, biological applications require the ability to work in humid or liquid environments, as well as biocompatibility with tissues and organs. In this symposium we intend to stimulate a debate on the different approaches to overcome the above-mentioned challenges.

Symposium contribution will address both fundamental and applied research. Particular attention will be devoted to the various classes of degradable and self healing electronic materials, including organic conducting polymers, bio-inspired materials and inorganic semiconductors. The discussion will include synthesis, processing, patterning and device fabrication.

The symposium will last 4 days and will be tentatively divided in four parts: i) emerging materials, ii) progress in self-healing electronic materials, iii) processing and devices fabrication (e.g. photolithography, printing and alternative approaches) and iv) in vitro and in vivo applications. Abstracts will be solicited in the following areas: conducting and semiconducting organic and biological materials, flexible silicon structures, stretchable conductors, self-healing materials.

Topics will include:

  • Stretchable electronic materials
  • Self-healing thin films and gels
  • Conducting hydrogels
  • Transient electronics
  • Biodegradable electronic materials
  • Bio-organic and bio-inorganic composite materials and interfaces
  • Biological conductors / conductive biomolecules / conductive biopolymers
  • Bio-active electrodes
  • Bio-derived and bio-inspired electronics
  • Epidermal electronics
  • Biological interfaces
  • Electronic skin
  • Processing and patterning of electronic materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Nurit Ashkenasy (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Melik Demirel (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Caroline Ajo-Franklin (Rice University, USA)
  • Derek Lovley (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Carmel Majidi (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Milica Radisic (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Luisa Torsi (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
  • Janos Voroes (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Myun-Han Yoon (GIST, Republic of Korea)

Symposium Organizers

Fabio Cicoira
Polytechnique Montréal
Chemical Engineering

Po-Yen Chen
University of Maryland
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Noémie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne
McGill University
Chemical Engineering

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
The University of Auckland
Chemical Science
New Zealand

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