Guest Editor: Ying Fang, Professor
National Center for Nanoscience and Technology,
Beijing 100190, China Research Interests: Neurotechnologies, Bioelectronics, Neural electrical interfacing
Xiaojie Duan, Associate Professor
College of Engineering, Peking University,
Beijing, 100871, China Research Interests: Neural technology, Bioelectronics, Neuroelectric interface
Special Issue Information Brain research is the most challenging topic in the 21st century and one of the key research areas of forefront science. Accurate and reliable recording of neural activities is fundamental for brain research and largely determined by the nature and properties of the neural interfaces. Neural interfaces enable the direct communication between devices and native neural tissues. The performance of neural interfaces, including the ion-to-electron transduction efficiency, interface stress transfer, and in vivo biocompatibility, depends critically on the physical and chemical properties at the electrode-substrate and electrode-tissue interfaces. With the advances in nanotechnology, micro- and nano-electronics, and biotechnology, various strategies have been developed to improve the performance of neural interfaces. For example, surface modification based on nanomaterials and conductive polymers have been applied to increase the ion-electron transduction efficiency at the neural interfaces; flexible electronics have been developed to improve the mechanical compliance to the brain tissue; and biomolecule modification has been shown to improve the biocompatibilities of implanted neural devices. Furthermore, multi-modality neural interfaces have been developed to integrate optogenetics, electrical stimulation, and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. The study of neural interfaces is of great significance not only to fundamental brain research, but also to brain-computer interfaces, neural prostheses, and neural therapeutics.
In this special issue, we seek to provide a wide set of articles on various aspects of neural interfaces.
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