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Flexible implanted electronics are a step closer toward clinical applications. (Credit: Griffith University)

Flexible implanted electronics are a step closer toward clinical applications thanks to a recent breakthrough technology that uses in-house silicon carbide technology as a new platform for long-term electronic biotissue interfaces.

The system consists of silicon carbide nanomembranes as the contact surface and silicon dioxide as the protective encapsulation, showing unrivalled stability and maintaining its functionality in biofluids. The researchers demonstrated multiple modalities of impedance and temperature sensors, and neural stimulators together with effective peripheral nerve stimulation in animal models.

The concept of the silicon carbide flexible electronics provides promising avenues for neuroscience and neural stimulation therapies, which could offer live-saving treatments for chronic neurological diseases and stimulate patient recovery.

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