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Special Seminar: Atomically Thin Bioelectronics



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET


Meeting ID: 951 4202 1459
Passcode: 113629

Modern electronic components are rigid, solid, and stiff—a terrible match for soft, squishy, and deformable tissue such as human skin or inner organs such as the brain. The material mismatch results in the conceptual incompatibility of modern electronics with biological tissue. Nanoscale materials, such as graphene and other 2D materials, on the other hand, are unique constructs: in addition to their apparent unobtrusive atomic thickness, they are flexible, transparent, and biocompatible, matching perfectly with biological tissue.

In this talk, I will introduce state-of-the-art wearable and implantable bioelectronic technologies and expose their limitations. After uncovering the limits of modern electronic technologies, I will introduce to the audience how can we empower the next-generation electronic devices using 2D materials (graphene, MoS2, PtSe2, PtTe2, hBN, and other emerging ones) can improve healthcare. Specifically:

  • I will show how graphene-based microelectrode arrays and field-effect transistors can be used to efficiently communicate with neuronal cells or construct biosensors (eg, for COVID-19);
  • I will introduce atomically thin electronic tattoos made of graphene and PtTe2 that can be used to non-invasively monitor human electrophysiology, including complex biomarkers such as arterial blood pressure;
  • I will show our recent progress in creating biocompatible artificial transistors that mimic biological synapse behavior and provide the route toward a fully morphed brain-like electronic system.

Lastly, I will present my future plans to develop a unique toolbox of unconventional atomically thin bioelectronic devices, such as:

  1. wearable e-tattoo transistors (as signal pre-amplifiers and sweat biosensors);
  2. advanced transparent high-density cortical implants;
  3. soft biocompatible artificial synaptic transistors capable of mimicking electrochemical neuronal behavior; and
  4. intradermal nanoelectronics which will essentially enable direct integration of the nanoscale electronic components with the tissue, creating life-long tissue implants and smart cyborg organs.

About the Speaker(s)

Dmitry Kireev
Research Associate, U Texas at Austin

Dmitry Kireev

Dmitry Kireev is currently a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, working on merging the fields of electrical engineering, bioelectronics, neuromorphic computing, and nanoelectronics, contributing to the development of bioelectronic devices with long-standing implications in healthcare and medicine. He finished his PhD work in 2017 at the Institute of Bioelectronics (ICS-8/IBI-3) of Forschungszentrum Julich and RWTH Aachen University, Germany, working on graphene-based devices for neuronal and cardiac in vitro bioelectronics. He is a recipient of a prestigious EMM-NANO scholarship and performed his MSc studies in KULeuven (2012) and Chalmers University of Technology (2013) with majors in nanoelectronics.

Kireev has published 35+ primary research articles in broad scientific outlets, including high-impact journals (ie, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Science Advances, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters), and field-specific topical journals (ie, Advanced Healthcare Materials, IEEE tNANO, Carbon). He also published three book chapters and three review articles, contributing to the general development of the fields of bioelectronics and 2D materials.


For more information, contact Ashley Parker at ashley.l.parker@dartmouth.edu.