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A Sharper Future for Retinal Implants

eyesA_x220Retinal implants can already restore sight to people who have lost it owing to degenerative eye diseases like macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa. Now new research suggests a way to make higher-quality, more biocompatible retinal implants by integrating living neural cells with a soft organic polymer semiconductor.

A retinal implant restores vision by sending a signal from a video camera attached to a pair of glasses to electrodes implanted on the back of a person's retina. But the silicon or platinum components typically used to for the electrodes tend to produce images of limited quality, and can leave the retina scarred.

Organic semiconducting polymers are softer and more flexible than silicon, and they have useful mechanical and electrical properties, making them ideal for biomedical applications. In fact, they are already used in some medical devices such as glucose sensors and the electrodes that record neural activity in the brain. Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology have now shown how organic polymer could be used to make better electrodes for retinal implants.

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Review article in Nature Photonics

The IIT is happy to announce a review article in Nature Photonics written by Guglielmo Lanzani from the Centre for Nano Science and Technology IIT@POLIMI.

The paper is entitled: Organic photonics for communications. The abstract follows below, alternativley download the full paper here.

Photons as information carriers have the potential to meet the ever-increasing demands on bandwidth and information density in fields such as information and communication technology, biomedicine and computing. Organic semiconductors may be well-suited to such applications, thanks to their ability to transmit, modulate and detect light in an architecture that is low cost, flexible, lightweight and robust. Here we review recent breakthroughs in organic photonics, including ultrafast all-optical modulation in polymer photonic crystals, silicon/organic hybrid systems, gain switching in polymer amplifiers and lasers, and new devices such as hybrid organic/inorganic electrically pumped lasers.

MNE2010

The 36th International Conference on Micro and Nano-Engineering, MNE2010, which is the leading conference in Europe for Micro – Nano fabrication and Nanotechnology will take place in Genoa-Italy, September 19th-22nd, 2010.

The Conference brings together scientists and engineers from all over the world to discuss recent progress and future trends in the fabrication, manufacturing and application of micro and nano  structures and devices. Applications in Electronics, Electro-mechanics, Environment and Life Sciences are discussed such as: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, MEMS-NEMS, bioMEMS and lab-on-a-chip devices.

The MNE 2010 (www.mne2010.org) conference in Genoa will be the 36th in a series that started in Cambridge in 1975 and was most recently held in Vienna (2005), Barcelona (2006), Copenhagen (2007), Athens (2008) and Ghent (2009).

Organizing Committee:
Chairman: Dr. Massimo Gentili
Co-Chairman: Prof. Roberto Cingolani
Program Chairman: Prof. Massimo De Vittorio

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