MSc thesis project proposal

[2019] Active neural interfaces for Bioelectronic Medicine (MSc project at Fraunhofer)

Project outside the university

Fraunhofer
Bioelectronic medicines are the electronic counterparts of pharmaceuticals and treat patients with muscular, cardiac and neurological disorders by means of electricity. They already exist in the form of cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear implants, retinal implants, vestibular implants, spinal cord implants, etc. However, current devices are stiff, heavy, bulky and stubborn. Future bioelectronic medicines need to be smaller, more power efficient, flexible and adjust their therapy to the therapeutical needs of the patients wearing them.

In this project, we wish to take bioelectronic medicines to the next level, by fabricating new, compact, flexible and active neural interfaces.

Assignment

This project will involve fabrication work which will be conducted on the premises of Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration in Berlin, Germany. A new interface for neural stimulation will be prototyped and tested. We will explore new designs and processes, and the integration of small electronics on new, flexible materials, featuring a 3D layout, suitable to interface with the anatomical structures in the body. This assignment can also be combined with an internship at the institute.

Requirements

Interested students should contact Dr. Vasiliki Giagka by sending an email expressing their interest in the project. The email should also contain the following: CV, list of courses you have attended so far and grades obtained, courses you are planning to take in the future, and more importantly a motivation letter explaining why you are interested in the project.

Contact

dr. Vasiliki Giagka

Bioelectronics Group

Department of Microelectronics

Last modified: 2019-04-26