Special Issue "Organic Bioelectronics, Adaptive Materials and Sensors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: advanced functional polymers and olygomers; electronic sensing platforms; glycans; host–-pathogens interactions
Functional emulation of biological phenomena using electronic devices has increasingly attracted global research efforts, proposing new concepts and adaptive materials capable of monitoring and controlling a biological environment. Nevertheless, the field of bioelectronics is still in its infancy with many challenges to overcome in terms of material durability, shelf stability, and effective mimicry.
In this context, organic bioelectronics is proposing new paradigms and solutions taking advantage of the inherent properties of polymers and soft organic electronics for applications at the interface of biology and electronics. The resulting electronic materials and devices are soft, stretchable, and mechanically conformable, which are critical qualities for interacting with biological systems in both wearable and implantable devices. Organic bioelectronics has been used to regulate the physiology and processes of cells, tissues, and organs in a chemically specific manner and at high spatiotemporal resolution.
Conversely, organic bioelectronics can also be applied to biological systems to selectively sense, record, and monitor different signals and physiological states, as well as convert relevant parameters into electronic readouts for further processing and decision making. Organic electronic materials can conduct and process both electronic and ionic (bio)signals, tightly coupled via electron–ion charge compensation. Moreover, organic electronic molecules and polymers can be designed via synthesis to possess several desired physical and chemical properties, thus enabling the manufacture of bioelectronics devices and systems that exhibit desired flexibility, elasticity, and morphology, and with a surface chemistry that promotes bio-compatibility and stability over extended periods of time. Together, these properties make organic bioelectronics truly unique as a communication bridge across the biology–technology gap.
Dr. M. Daniela Angione
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- Electroactive polymers for tissue engineering
- Organic bioelectronics for neural interfaces
- Bioelectronics in infectious disease
- Wearable biosensors
- 3D electroactive scaffolds for cell manipulation
- Bio-functional electroactive fibrils
- 2D materials in bioelectronics