Special Issue "Highly Stretchable Electrode Arrays: Development and Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Melanie Ecker
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Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76207, USA
Interests: polymeric biomaterials; flexible bioelectronics; neural interfaces; shape memory polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Flexible bioelectronics is an emerging and exciting research field with increasing demand for wearable and implantable electrodes that are reliable and compliant to tissue. Enormous effort is being expended on soft and stretchable electrode arrays. In order to successfully translate bioelectronic devices to the clinic, they need to maintain stable performances under various mechanical deformations, ideally over long periods of time. Of the different deformation modes, stretchability is the most demanding and challenging. In order to see how the interdisciplinary community is addressing this challenge, this Special Issue will focus on the recent advances in the field of highly stretchable electrode arrays, including their development and applications.

Topics for this Special Issue may include but are not restricted to:

  • Key design considerations in terms of geometries, substrates, and adhesion;
  • Development of stretchable materials, including substrate and conductive electrode materials;
  • Optimization of fabrication methods and strategies;
  • Improved characterization methods and theoretical modeling;
  • Applications for highly stretchable electrode arrays, including wearables and implantable devices;
  • Reliability of devices, including durability, fatigue, long-term performance, and biocompatibility;
  • Future directions and novel approaches.
This Special Issue on the aforementioned theme will represent a common forum for research findings from around the world addressing solutions for challenges and issues relating to stretchable electrode arrays. You are kindly invited to submit your research contributions, including full papers, communications, and reviews, to this Special Issue.

Dr. Melanie Ecker
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Stretchable electrode arrays
  • compliant neural devices
  • stretchable bioelectronics
  • deformable conducting materials
  • biointegrated microelectrodes
  • electrode–substrate adhesion
  • wearable electronic devices

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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