Soft bioelectronics for wearable and implantable interfaces

Soft bioelectronics focus on the engineering of electronic systems with human-like mechanical signature. Such systems are becoming powerful tools for applications in human-machine interaction and offer promising perspective in e-health and biomedical instrumentation. Their design combines materials and assembly processes borrowed from the MEMS and thin-film electronics domains with bio-inspired materials and novel additive fabrication techniques. Soft bioelectronics also require the implementation of customized and multimodal characterization on the bench prior to in vivo/on-body validation.

This talk will report on a methodical approach based on four critical steps of design, fabrication, biomimetic in vitro validation and in vivo evaluation to advance our technological offer for such soft systems. Examples of soft bioelectronics that interface the human skin and the nervous system will be reviewed to illustrate the approach.

Stéphanie P. Lacour

EPFL on May 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Zoom Webinar
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Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from INSA de Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral research at Princeton University (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK). She joined EPFL in 2011. Since January 2017, she is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL. She is a co-founding member and current director of EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics, located at EPFL satellite – Campus Biotech in Geneva.

She is the recipient of the 2006 MIT TR35, the 2011 Zonta award, and she was selected as one of the 2015 WEF Young Global Leaders. She was awarded the ERC Starting Grant (2011), ERC POC Grants (2016 & 2018) and the SNSF Consolidator grant (2016).

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