Special Issue "Implantable Microdevices"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "B:Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 November 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Wen Li

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Michigan State University, 428 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI, USA
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Interests: MEMS; microfluidics; biomimetic devices; implantable devices; sensors; integration and ackaging technologies
Guest Editor
Dr. Zhen Qiu

Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Michigan State University, 775 Woodlot Drive, East Lansing, MI, USA
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Interests: biomedical optics; MEMS/MOEMS; imaging; wearable and implantable medical devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Implantable microdevices, providing accurate measurement of target analytes in animals and humans, have always been important in biological science, medical diagnostics, clinical therapy, and personal healthcare. Recently, there have been increasing unmet needs for developing high-performance implants that are small, minimally-invasive, biocompatible, long-term stable, and cost-effective. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to bring together state-of-the-art research and development contributions that address key challenges and topics related to implantable microdevices. Applications of primary interest include, but are not limited to, miniaturized optical sensing and imaging tools, implantable sensors for detecting biochemical species and/or metabolites, transducers for measuring biophysical quantities (e.g., pressure and/or strain), and neural prosthetic devices.

This Special Issue solicits review articles, original research papers, and short communication on bio-optical sensor and imager, sensing and actuating structures and transducers, modeling, biocompatible materials and interfaces, fabrication techniques, advanced packaging and coatings, biotelemetry, electronics and algorithms that are inclusive of implantable microdevices themselves. Algorithms and hardware constructions designed to support implantable microdevices but not themselves implanted will not be considered. Authors are invited to contact the Guest Editors prior to submission if they are uncertain whether their work falls within the general scope of this Special Issue

Dr. Wen Li
Dr. Zhen Qiu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Implants
  • Implantable sensors
  • Bio-optical sensor
  • Bio-optical imager
  • Transducers
  • Neural prosthetic devices
  • Biocompatible materials and interfaces

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Research

Open AccessArticle Tongue Pressure Sensing Array Integrated with a System-on-Chip Embedded in a Mandibular Advancement Splint
Micromachines 2018, 9(7), 352; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9070352
Received: 6 June 2018 / Revised: 1 July 2018 / Accepted: 10 July 2018 / Published: 14 July 2018
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Abstract
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by obstructions of the upper airway, is a syndrome with rising prevalence. Mandibular advancement splints (MAS) are oral appliances for potential treatment of OSA. This work proposes a highly-sensitive pressure sensing array integrated with a system-on-chip
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by obstructions of the upper airway, is a syndrome with rising prevalence. Mandibular advancement splints (MAS) are oral appliances for potential treatment of OSA. This work proposes a highly-sensitive pressure sensing array integrated with a system-on-chip (SoC) embedded in a MAS. The device aims to measure tongue pressure distribution in order to determine the efficacy of the MAS for treating OSA. The flexible sensing array consists of an interdigital electrode pair array assembled with conductive polymer films and an SoC capable of retrieving/storing data during sleep, and transmitting data for analysis after sleep monitoring. The surfaces of the conductive polymer films were patterned with microdomed structures, which effectively increased the sensitivity and reduced the pressure sensing response time. The measured results also show that the crosstalk effect between the sensing elements of the array was negligible. The sensitivity of the sensing array changed minimally after the device was submerged in water for up to 100 h. Full article
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