PL-7: Interfacing with the Brain using Organic Electronics

Professor George Malliaras
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, France

George Malliaras of Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines is one of the pioneers in the field of organic electronics and bioelectronics. Due to his excellence of the research, he has been recognized well in this research field.In the Plenary Lecture, Prof. Malliaras gave us an attractive lecture about interfacing with the brain using organic electronics. In the beginning of the lecture, he mentioned that interfacing the most advanced human engineering endeavor with the brain will help elucidate aspects of the brain’s working mechanism and deliver new tools for diagnosis and treatment of a host of pathologies including epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. He then offered the view that organic semiconductors can be good candidate materials that are brought in contact with the tissue and transduce signal across the biotic/abiotic interface, because several organic semiconductors show a unique combination of attractive properties such as mechanical flexibility, mixed ionic/electronic conduction, enhanced biocompatibility, and capability for drug delivery. He showed excellent examples of novel devices for recording and stimulation of brain activity. Furthermore, he presented that developments in organic electronics offer tremendous opportunities to design devices that improve our understanding of brain physiology and pathology, and can be used to deliver new therapies.

Many audience listened with a lot of attention to his interesting talk. The participants of this lecture were excited at his novel concepts and surprising data.