An intelligent biochip that imitates the retina of the eye. (Credit: Letzte Änderung)

Researchers have developed an intelligent biochip imitates the retina of the eye. With such bioelectronics and others like it, the team hopes to correct malfunctions in the body and brain.

The new semiconductor consists entirely of non-toxic organic components. It is flexible and works with ions; that is, with charged atoms or molecules. It can thus be integrated into biological systems much better than conventional semiconductor components made of silicon, which are rigid and only work with electrons.

In addition to the artificial retina, the team is developing other approaches for bioelectronic chips that can interact in a similar way with the human body, specifically the cells of the nervous system.