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Semiconductors with Brain

Assembling living matter and semiconductors may give rise to devices that combine analog biodynamics and digital electronics for information processing and medical prosthetics. We explore the fundaments of such future hybrid devices and study silicon chips with ion channel molecules, nerve cells and brain tissue. Two directions are followed: On a nanoscopic level we analyze and optimize the interface of electronics and ionics. On a microscopic level we join neuronal networks with microelectronic circuits. In the first area, solid state physics and DNA technology are used to improve the cell-chip interaction; fluorescence methods elucidate the nature of the cell-chip contact. In the second area, small defined nets of snail neurons and tissue slices of rat brain are electronically interfaced to semiconductor chips. The approach relies on an integration of concepts and techniques in neurophysiology, molecular biology, electrochemistry, semiconductor physics and microelectronics.
Type of Seminar:
New Vistas
Prof. Peter FROMHERZ
Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie Abteilung Membran- und Neurophysik Am Klopferspitz 18a D-82152 Martinsried
May 27, 2002   17.15

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Prof. M. Morari
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Biographical Sketch:
1961-1966 Technical University Karlsruhe, 1966 Diploma in Chemistry 1966-1970 University Marburg, 1969 PhD in Physical Chemistry 1970-1981 Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen 1981-1994 University Ulm, full professor for Experimental Physics (Biophysics) 1994 Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, München, director of the Department Membrane and Neurophysics Relevant articles for the non-expert by the speaker / about the speakers work