• Description:

    Communicating with the human body using electronic devices is a grand challenge in materials science. Despite decades of intense research, the bioelectronics field remains limited by the materials available to modulate neuronal signalling. Although silicon microelectronics and metal electrodes have been the historic gold standard for bioelectronic interfaces, they exhibit a low biocompatibility, a mechanical stiffness that is poorly matched with soft tissue, and require costly external power supplies to deliver current. Soft organic conductors are an exciting pathway to solving these problems, but still require major breakthroughs to overcome challenges with chronic stability and insufficient charge generation for reliable neuromodulation.

    This project will combine soft organic conductors with nanoparticle synthesis strategies to create bio-functional inks that can be printed via 3D fabrication into flexible multimodal electrodes for wireless optical neuromodulation. This new paradigm solves all three major challenges preventing organic conductors from achieving long-term neuromodulation.

    Criteria 

    • Hold an Honours or Master degree in a discipline relevant to materials science or engineering (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Bioengineering)
    • Experience with one or both of the following: optimising materials and fabricating solution-processed optoelectronic devices (e.g. sensors, photovoltaic cells, LEDs etc) AND/OR characterising optoelectronic devices using a range of steady state and transient techniques (e.g. UV-vis, photoluminescence, mobility/lifetime measurements, EIS etc)

     

     

  • Fields

    • Chemistry

    • Engineering

    • Material Science

    • Physics

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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