2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Plenary Session Featuring The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science

Tuesday, April 14
8:15 am – 9:30 am
PCC North, 100 Level, Ballroom 120 D

John RogersJohn A. Rogers
Northwestern University

Functional Materials for Bioelectronic Neural Interfaces


Advanced electronic/optoelectronic devices built with classes of materials that enable intimate integration with soft tissues of the brain and the peripheral nervous system will accelerate progress in neuroscience research; they will also serve as the foundations for new approaches to regenerative medicine and to the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.  Here, capabilities for injecting miniaturized electronic elements, light sources, photodetectors, thermal actuators, multiplexed sensors, programmable microfluidic networks and other components into precise locations of the deep brain, or softly laminating them onto the surfaces of nerves, will open up unique and important opportunities in stimulating, inhibiting and monitoring behaviors of complex neural circuits.

This presentation will describe concepts in materials science and assembly processes that underpin these types of technologies in 1D, 2D and 3D architectures.  Examples include "cellular-scale" optofluidic neural probes for optogenetics research, 3D mesoscale networks for study of neural activity in developing organoids and integrated systems for closed-loop control of bladder function by neuromodulation.

About John A. Rogers

John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and physics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989.  He received SM degrees in physics and chemistry in 1992, and a PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent 13 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In the Fall of 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chemistry, and Neurological Surgery. He is also the founding Director of the recently endowed Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics.

Rogers has published more than 700 papers, is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents, and he has co-founded several successful technology companies. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013), the MRS (Materials Research Society) Medal (2018) and most recently, the Benjamin Franklin Medal from The Franklin Institute (2019). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.