Breakthroughs in biomedicine often follow from advances in technology and methodology. Conventional electronic devices interfaced with the mammalian body are rigid and bulky. Biological organs and systems, by contact, are soft, elastic and curved. The recent research and development have established the materials and manufacturing foundations for a new class of soft electronic interface technologies that overcome this fundamental mismatch in mechanics and form. THese technologies enable intimate, non0invasive integratino of sensors and actuators, diretly with biological organs, in ways that are impossible with conventional, rigid, planar device technologies. This talk will introduce recent advances in soft electronics that can be applied for advanced healthcare and neuroscience research. The talk will focus on our research on 1) skin electronics that can be conformally and intimately integrated with the skin, and 2) wireless optofluidic neural systems for optogenetics and in vivo pharmacology. Potential applications and future directions of soft electronics will be also discussed.
Jae-Woong Jeong is an Assistant Professor in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering and Materials Sciecne and Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Jeong received his BS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, and his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 2008 and 2012, respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at teh University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr Jeong’s research focus is in the future generatino soft biomedical devices for advanced healthcare and biomedical research. He is particularly interested in developing flexible/stretchable electronics, bio-integrated microfluidic devices and photonic microsystems for health/wellness monitoring, human-machine interfaces, and bioscience research.