In this research line we focus on the interfacing of electronics with cellular systems. This includes detection, stimulation, and characterization on the cellular and sub-cellular level as well as the development of biological systems for electronic applications
Building up hybrids of neuronal cells and electronic devices enable to communicate with neurons based on bio-electrochemical methods. Our goal is to access signals from individual neurons by using micro- and nanoelectronic devices. Besides the development of micro- /nanoelectronic devices for the direct communication with cells we work on the design and characterization of the neuroelectronic interface. The results of our work can be used to develop several applications ranging from diagnostic tools to brain-computer interfaces, neural stimulation and others.
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Combining methods of micro-/nanotechnology with neuroscience will help to advance our basic understanding of the nervous system and create novel applications based on neuroengineering principles. Of particular interest is the controlled attachment and growth of neuronal cells by surface patterns, which can be used to cause selective growth and migration of different neural elements.
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Nanotools For Cell-Chip Communication
We develop and investigate new chip-based interfaces for bioelectronic applications based on nanofabrication technologies. Specifically we are interested in establishing tools for the communication with cells and cellular networks. To this end we investigate electrochemical techniques, which benefit from fast diffusion processes on the nanometer scale. Our goal is to develop biohybrid systems based on these tools to study the release of neurotransmitters and explore functional interfaces for cell-chip coupling using electrical, chemical, and optical communication.
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