Dr Manus Biggs
neuroelectrodes; functionalization; deep brain stimulation
Our current research is focused on applying nanofabrication techniques to novel classes of electrically active and responsive ‘smart’ materials. In particular, we work with neural biomaterials and the integration of implanted neuroelectrodes to promote functionality at the brain-machine interface. Neural interfaces (NI) have become a major research focus in an effort to identify and develop novel approaches to augment human cognitive or sensory-motor functions, to interface with computer systems or to control external devices. Implantable electrode systems which mimic the physicochemical and mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix and that are also electrically conductive may provide solutions to the limitations inherent with neuroelectrode systems.