Advancement: Bio-iontronics: Ionic Devices for Biosensing and Actuation

Speaker Name: 
John Selberg
Speaker Title: 
PhD Candidate (Advisor: Professor Marco Rolandi)
Speaker Organization: 
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Start Time: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 9:00am
End Time: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
Engineering 2, Room 599
Organizer: 
Professor Marco Rolandi

The control of ion concentration gradients and ionic currents is ubiquitous in tissue-level and cell-level processes such as enzyme activation, oxidative phosphorylation, neuronal excitation, and immune response. Bioelectronic devices that can transduce an electronic signal to an ionic signal allow researchers to use existing knowledge of electronics to exhibit control over the movement of ions in solution. Devices of this nature are well-suited to these biological ion-driven applications. Here, I report on recent progress towards developing and using bio-iontronic devices for materials measurements, biosensing, and actuation of non-excitatory cells as well as discussing future steps of this work.