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The rise of plastic bioelectronics

Nature volume 540, pages 379385 (15 December 2016) | Download Citation

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Plastic bioelectronics is a research field that takes advantage of the inherent properties of polymers and soft organic electronics for applications at the interface of biology and electronics. The resulting electronic materials and devices are soft, stretchable and mechanically conformable, which are important qualities for interacting with biological systems in both wearable and implantable devices. Work is currently aimed at improving these devices with a view to making the electronic–biological interface as seamless as possible.

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  1. Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan.

    • Takao Someya
  2. Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), Riken, Saitama 351-0198, Japan.

    • Takao Someya
  3. Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

    • Zhenan Bao
  4. Department of Bioelectronics, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, CMP-EMSE, MOC, 13541 Gardanne, France.

    • George G. Malliaras

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