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Web Date: June 27, 2016

How spongy silicon could open new doors in bioelectronics

New form of silicon boosts element’s biocompatibility and activates neurons with an assist from light
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: nanomaterials, biotechonlogy, silicon, neuron

Silicon is the best semiconductor on the periodic table for researchers trying to connect smart devices to living cells, says Bozhi Tian of the University of Chicago. Silicon is biocompatible and biodegradable, and scientists have already developed electronic implants and biosensors using silicon. But conventional single-crystalline silicon is inherently rigid, which can prove irritating to living tissue.

Along with Francisco Bezanilla, Tian and his colleagues have now . . .

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