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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dean of Engineering
Faculty Host: Jacob Robinson

Speaker: Chong Xie

ECE Seminar Series: A nanoelectronic neural interface: blurring biotic and abiotic, Chong Xie, University of Texas (698/699)

Thursday, May 4, 2017
4:00 PM  to 5:00 PM

1064  Duncan Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Implanted electrodes provide one of the primary neurotechniques by allowing for time-resolved acquisition of individual neuron’s electrical activity in the living brain. However, their recording density and stability pose limitations on their scientific and clinical applications. In this presentation, I will describe our on-going efforts towards a nanoelectronic neural interface that can merge with the brain tissues, and potentially enable chronically reliable, full-coverage, volumetric recording in a sizable brain region.

Biography of Chong Xie:
Professor Xie's research focuses on exploring and exploiting nanomaterials/structures in biomedical applications. Living cells/tissue and man-made devices are distinctly different systems. A seamless integration of the two can help us better understand, interact with, and augment to the living systems, which requires a nexus of new materials, novel designs, and innovative implementations. Currently, the Xie group is mainly interested in applying advanced nanoelectronic devices to various neural systems. Ongoing projects include high-density neural probes for brain activity mapping, more biocompatible neural probes for chronically stable brain-machine interface, and 3D neuronal culture - nanoelectronics hybrid for an in vitro 'brain-like' model system.

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