Imperceptible, Lightweight Sensors Directly Printed on Biological Surfaces


A new technical paper titled “Imperceptible augmentation of living systems with organic bioelectronic fibres” was published by researchers at University of Cambridge and University of Macau.

“The functional and sensory augmentation of living structures, such as human skin and plant epidermis, with electronics can be used to create platforms for health management and environmental monitoring. Ideally, such bioelectronic interfaces should not obstruct the inherent sensations and physiological changes of their hosts. The full life cycle of the interfaces should also be designed to minimize their environmental footprint. Here we report imperceptible augmentation of living systems through in situ tethering of organic bioelectronic fibres. Using an orbital spinning technique, substrate-free and open fibre networks—which are based on poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate—can be tethered to biological surfaces, including fingertips, chick embryos and plants. We use customizable fibre networks to create on-skin electrodes that can record electrocardiogram and electromyography signals, skin-gated organic electrochemical transistors and augmented touch and plant interfaces. We also show that the fibres can be used to couple prefabricated microelectronics and electronic textiles, and that the fibres can be repaired, upgraded and recycled.”

Find the technical paper here and the Cambridge news release here. Published May 2024.

Wang, W., Pan, Y., Shui, Y. et al. Imperceptible augmentation of living systems with organic bioelectronic fibres. Nat Electron (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-024-01174-4.

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