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Bircher Lecture, Colloquia with Prof. John Rogers, University of Illinois

“Materials for Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body”

Biology is soft, curvilinear and transient; modern silicon technology is rigid,
planar and everlasting. Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in
properties will lead to new types of devices, capable of integrating non-invasively with the
body, providing function over some useful period of time, and then dissolving
into surrounding biofluids. Recent work establishes a complete set of materials,
mechanics designs and manufacturing approaches that enable these features in a
class of electronics with performance comparable to that of conventional
wafer-based technologies. This talk summarizes the key ideas through demonstrations
in skin-mounted ‘epidermal’ monitors, advanced surgical tools and bioresorbable
electronic bacteriocides.

Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:15pm – 5:30pm Central Time
4309 SC (map)