A conformable enhancementmode, internal ion-gated organic electrochemical transistor. (Credit: Columbia)

Researchers are working to use unique properties of materials to develop novel electronic devices that allow efficient interaction with biological substrates — specifically neural networks and the brain.

The bioelectronic devices are not only fast, sensitive, biocompatible, soft, and flexible, but also have long-term stability in physiological environments such as the human body.

The ion-driven soft transistors that can perform real-time neurologically relevant computation and a mixed-conducting particulate composite that allows creation of electronic components out of a single material.

The organic transistors record individual neurons and perform real-time computation that could facilitate diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disease. The soft, biocompatible smart composite enables the creation of complex electronic components which traditionally require several layers and materials.

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