integrates principles of electrical engineering and materials science to
biology, medicine and ultimately health.
Soft bioelectronics focus on designing
and manufacturing electronic
devices with mechanical properties close to those of the host biological tissue
so that long-term reliability and minimal perturbation are induced in vivo and/or truly wearable systems
become possible. We illustrate the potential of this soft technology with examples
ranging from prosthetic tactile skins to soft multimodal neural implants.
Prof. 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 PhD in Electrical
Engineering from INSA de Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral research at
Princeton University (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK). Since January 2017, she
is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL. She is a co-founding member of EPFL Center
for Neuroprosthetics, http://cnp.epfl.ch.
Prof. Lacour is the recipient of
the 2006 MIT TR35, the 2011 Zonta award, the 2014 WEF Young Scientist, and she
was selected as one of the 2015 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.
S.P. Lacour, G. Courtine, J. Guck,
“Materials and technology for soft implantable neuroprostheses”, 2016, Nature Reviews Materials, 1, 16063.
A. Hirsch*, H.O.
Michaud*, A.G. Gerratt, S. de Mulatier, S.P. Lacour, “Intrinsically
stretchable biphasic (solid-liquid) thin metal films”, Advanced Materials, 2016,
28 (22), 4506-4506.
K. Musick, J. Rigosa,
D.J. Chew, S. Wurth, S. Narasinham, M. Capogrosso, J.W. Fawcett, S. Micera, S.P.
Lacour, “A soft, microchannel electrode neuroprosthesis for the peripheral
nerve”, 2015, Scientific Reports, 5,
Guex, N. Vachicouras, A.E. Hight, M.C. Brown, D.J. Lee, S.P. Lacour,
“Conducting polymer electrodes
for auditory brainstem implants”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B,
2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5TB00099H.