The Bernstein Center Freiburg

Informal Seminar
Marko Filipović

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia

On feasibility of building minimally invasive neural interfaces: biofunctionalized nanomembranes as soft electrodes

Concept of using functionalized nanomembranes as a minimally invasive link, connecting a receiver or emitter of external signals and neural tissue, is explored. Artificial nanomembranes are typically a few tens of nanometers thick and thus outstandingly soft and flexible at macroscopic level. At the same time they can be made surprisingly robust and tough, and through proper material choice and nanocompositioning, fully biocompatible. It was previously shown (in vitro) that plasmonic excitations on metal-neuron interface can be used for wireless reading of electrical activity of nerve cells. We propose employing functionalized nanomembranes as plasmonic interfaces, with the ultimate goal of building a biointerface for in vivo readout of activity on peripheral nerves and brain cortex.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

14:00 h sharp
Library BCF
1st floor
Hansastr. 9a
The talk is open to the public. Guests are cordially invited!