Body & Machine - Epidermal Electronics

  • 12 Nov 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Northwestern University Chicago Campus - Baldwin Auditorium 303 E. Superior St. 60611 Chicago, IL United States


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Body & Machine - Epidermal Electronics

Biology is soft, curvilinear and transient; modern silicon technology is rigid, planar and everlasting.  Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in properties will lead to new types of devices, capable of integrating non-invasively with the body, providing function over some useful period of time, and then dissolving into surrounding biofluids.  Recent work establishes a complete set of materials, mechanics designs and manufacturing approaches that enable these features in a class of electronics with performance comparable to that of conventional wafer-based technologies.  This talk summarizes the key ideas through demonstrations in skin-mounted ‘epidermal’ monitors, advanced surgical tools and bioresorbable electronic bacteriocides.

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