From Event: SPIE Organic Photonics + Electronics, 2016
Direct measurement and stimulation of electrophysiological activity is a staple of neural and cardiac health monitoring, diagnosis and/or therapy. The ability to sensitively detect these signals can be enhanced by organic electronic materials that show mixed conduction properties (both electronic and ionic transport) in order to bridge the inherent mismatch that is prevalent between biological systems and traditional microelectronic materials/devices. Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) are one class of devices that utilize organic mixed conductors as the transistor channel, and have shown considerable promise as amplifying transducers due to their stability in aqueous conditions and high transconductance. These devices are fabricated in flexible, conformable form factors for in vivo recordings of epileptic activity, and for cutaneous EEG and ECG recordings in human subjects. The majority of high performance devices are based on conducting polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) :poly(styrenesulfonate), PEDOT:PSS. By investigating PEDOT-based materials and devices, we are able to construct design rules for new formulations/materials. Introducing glycolated side chains to carefully selected semiconducting polymer backbones has enabled a new class high performance bioelectronic materials that feature high volumetric capacitance, transconductance >10mS (device dimensions ca. 10um), and steep subthreshold switching characteristics. A sub-set of these materials outperform PEDOT:PSS and shows significant promise for low power in vitro and in vivo biosensing applications.
Jonathan Rivnay, "Organic mixed conductors for bioelectronic applications
(Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 9944, Organic Sensors and Bioelectronics IX, 99440S (Presented at SPIE Organic Photonics + Electronics: August 29, 2016; Published: 7 November 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2237956.5169177892001.
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