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Symposium BM07—Bioelectronics—Fundamentals, Materials and Devices

Since the early demonstration by Luigi Galvani that electrical impulses could trigger motion in a frog’s leg, the field of bioelectronics has produced significant advances towards electronic devices that interact with biological systems (cells, tissues, organs), revolutionizing research, diagnosis and therapy. Sensors that allow for electrical read-out of important disease markers, and implants/stimulators used for the detection and treatment of pathological cellular activity, are only a few examples of what such technologies can offer. A long-term challenge towards the integration of electronics with biology lies at the intersection of the two disciplines: at the physical interface between living systems and engineered electronic devices. Biosystems are inherently soft, dynamic, take on complex form factors, and rely on molecular/ionic communication. Traditional electronic systems are, on the other hand, considered rigid, static, and rely on electronic transport. The inherent mismatch at this interface poses many challenges for useful implementation ranging from the lab to the clinic.

Advances in materials research, however, can overcome the limits of the current technology and improve the bi-directional communication at the biotic/abiotic interface for recording biological signals and stimulating biological systems. This symposium will therefore highlight the efforts in designing new materials/architectures that can tackle the “interface” problem in bioelectronic devices and developing new electronic devices for applications such as biochemical-electrical sensing in vivo, lab-on-a-chip-diagnostics, electrical and chemical actuation, and tissue engineering. Focus will be placed on the design and optimization of bioelectronic devices but also on active materials and processes meant to impart high conductance, flexible, conformal, stretchable, and/or transient/degradable functionality to electronic devices. This symposium intends to further emphasize the need for cross-disciplinary efforts to bring together the fundamental research efforts with those of clinicians – highlighting rising clinical needs. Moreover, joint sessions that include topics on fundamental charge transport and on the integration of the devices to overcome systems level challenges will be supported by invited and contributed speakers.

Topics will include:

  • Characterizing, understanding and improving the interface between electronics and biological materials/ impact of the interface on device performance
  • Novel electroactive materials and architectures at the interface with biosystems
  • Flexible, stretchable active/passive materials for brain-machine interfacing and health monitoring
  • In vivo and in vitro diagnostics with electrical output
  • Electrical/chemical stimulation with electronic devices (implantable, cutaneous, in vitro)
  • Electroactive materials for tissue engineering: the design and study of electronic devices and functional scaffolds with biorecognition and biomimetic properties

Invited Speakers:

  • Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Magnus Berggren (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Tzahi Cohen-Karni (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Rylie Green (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Sven Ingebrandt (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
  • Dion Khodagholy (Columbia University, USA)
  • Jurgen Kosel (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Duygu Kuzum (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Stephanie Lacour (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Brian Litt (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Sabine Ludwigs (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Damia Mawad (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Paul Molino (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Jonathan Rivnay (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Jacob Robinson (Rice University, USA)
  • Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Molly Stevens (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Benjamin Tee (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Bozhi Tian (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Klas Tybrandt (Linkoping University, Sweden)
  • Bernhard Wolfrum (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

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

Christian B. Nielsen
Queen Mary University of London
Materials Research Institute School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
United Kingdom

Andreas Offenhäusser
Forschungszentrum Juelich
Institute of Complex Systems and Bioelectronics

Roisin Owens
University of Cambridge
Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
United Kingdom

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Bioelectronics, Biosensors, Cell and tissue actuators, Flexible electronics, Lab-on-a-chip-diagnostics, Neuroengineering, Organic semiconductors

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