Charged with discovering technologies that can revolutionize patient care, MEI Lab is developing three-dimensionally transformable and implantable electrodes. The scope of this multi-year project includes screening and optimizing functional materials, assembling 3D structures, and evaluating their biocompatibility.
“High biocompatibility is required,” said Dr. Tomoike.“We use nano and micro-scale conductive polymer films that are friendly to living bodies. We’re also exploring the use of vivo implant electrodes as we work to control structural changes within functioning electrodes in the body.”
The miniaturization of medical device components will be transformative, with numerous applications across medicine. Flexible micro- or nano-scale electrodes, for example, would minimize the negative impact that rigid and planar electrode materials have on soft and curvilinear organs or tissue.
The ambitious pursuit of these research targets is energizing. “We are aiming for breakthroughs,” states Dr. Tomoike, unequivocally, “in fundamental material science as well as unprecedented technologies for diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical functions.”