Special Talk, Stuttgart

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Soft bioelectronics: Materials and Technology

  • Date: Jul 11, 2017
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:20
  • Location: MPI IS Stuttgart, Heisenbergstr. 3
  • Room: Werner-Köster-Hörsaal 2R 4
  • Host: Dr. Metin Sitti, Professor (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

Short abstract:

Bioelectronics 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.

Short biography.

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, 14363

A. 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.

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