Animals, plants, and all biological systems communicate in a language of ions and molecules. Modern technology, on the other hand, relies on a language of electrons. With organic electronic materials’ unique properties, we develop "bilingual" tools to bridge this gap.
Organic electronic materials possess a combination of both electronic and ionic/molecular conductivity. They have thus emerged as excellent tools for developing hybrid technologies that effectively interface biological systems with modern electronic technology such as computers and mobile phones – thus the field of organic bioelectronics.
In LOE's Bioelectronics group, we investigate this transduction between electronic signals and ionic/molecular signals in electroactive surfaces, "iontronic" chemical delivery and circuitry, biosensors, mimicking neural function, and many other areas.
We aim to elucidate fundamental processes in biochemistry and physiology, as well as develop tools for next-generation therapies, human-machine interfacing, and blurring the border between living and technological systems.
Banner image above: the addressable refillable ion diode array (ARIDA), as demonstrated in Jonsson, Arbring Sjöström, et al., Science Advances 2, e1601340 (2016).
Group leader / principal investigator