Semiconductor devices inspired by and integrated with biology

J. A. Rogers*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Biology relies on classes of materials that are soft and elastic, in structures that have complex curvilinear geometries. By contrast, all known high performance electronic/optoelectronic systems are built on the rigid, brittle planar surfaces of semiconductor wafers. Technologies that bridge this gap in form and mechanics create new opportunities in devices that adopt biologically inspired designs or require intimate integration with the human body. This paper reviews concepts for building electronics that combine hard and soft materials in ways that can exploit established semiconductors such as silicon, gallium arsenide, gallium nitride in systems that have the mechanical properties of a rubber band. Due to the central role of mechanics and physical motions in these systems, they can be considered also as a type of MEMS technology. Application examples include (1) bio-integrated systems capable of monitoring and delivering various forms of therapy, and (2) bio-inspired, 'eyeball' cameras for wide field-of-view imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE 25th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2012
Pages51-55
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 7 2012
Event2012 IEEE 25th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2012 - Paris, France
Duration: Jan 29 2012Feb 2 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
ISSN (Print)1084-6999

Other

Other2012 IEEE 25th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2012
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period1/29/122/2/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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