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Symposium SM1—Bioelectronics—Materials, Processes and Applications

Bioelectronics – a field intended to advance healthcare and to provide tools to further understand physiology and pathology – describes the interface of biological systems with traditional (opto)electronics. The inherent mismatch of this interface poses many challenges that threaten the utility, lifetime, and success of materials and devices meant for diagnostic or therapeutic use. Biosystems (cells, tissues, organs) are inherently soft, often dynamic, and communicate via biomolecular recognition and ionic fluxes. Electronic systems are traditionally hard, static, and rely on electronic transport. Bioelectronics materials research works to bridge these mismatches and to improve the bi-directional communication for recording biological signals and stimulating biosystems.

The bioelectronics field encompases a broad range of materials and devices that address the needs described above. This symposium will therefore highlight efforts in the field including organic and low dimensional carbon-based bioelectronic materials and devices for biosensing, diagnostics, actuation, drug delivery, and active tissue engineering. Focus will also be placed on both active and passive materials and processes meant to impart flexible, conformal, stretchable, and/or transient/degradable functionality. This symposium intends to further emphasize the need for cross-disciplinary efforts in the development of next generation bio-integrated electronics by bringing together more fundamental research efforts with those of industrial participants, highlighting systems level challenges (power and signal transmission/communication), and rising clinical needs.

Topics will include:

  • Conducting hydrogels
  • Flexible, stretchable active/passive materials
  • Biostability/biocompatibility
  • Mixed ion-electron conduction
  • Novel biological signal transduction approaches
  • Biologically transient electronics
  • Combining multiple sensing or stimulation modalities
  • Wireless communication integrated with bioelectronic systems
  • Novel biocompatible and biodegradable electroactive small molecules and polymers
  • Carbon nanotube, graphene, and inorganic active materials for bioelectronics
  • Artificial skins and e-textiles for brain-machine interfacing and health monitoring
  • Biosensing/stimulation devices, and closed loop sensing/stimulation
  • Powering devices (unobtrusive battery or biological energy harvesting)

Invited Speakers:

  • Mohammad Reza Abidian (University of Houston, USA)
  • Zhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA)
  • Christopher Bettinger (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Roozbeh Ghaffari (MC10, Inc, USA)
  • Stephanie Lacour (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Charles Lieber (Harvard University, USA)
  • George Malliaras (Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne, France)
  • Iain McCulloch (Imperial College, London, United Kingdom)
  • Nicholas Melosh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Paul Meredith (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Andreas Offenhäusser (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
  • John Rogers (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, USA)
  • Marco Rolandi (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
  • Takao Someya (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Feng Yan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

Symposium Organizers

Jonathan Rivnay
Northwestern University
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Magnus Berggren
Linkoping University
Department of Science and Technology
46-(0)11-36-36-37, magnus.berggren@liu.se

Rylie Green
Imperial College London
Department of Bioengineering
United Kingdom

Ni Zhao
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Electronic Engineering
Hong Kong
852-3943-8261, nzhao@ee.cuhk.edu.hk