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ref: Harris-2011.08 tags: microelectrodes nanocomposite immune response glia recording MEA date: 01-27-2013 22:19 gmt revision:5 [4] [3] [2] [1] [0] [head]

PMID-21654037[0] In vivo deployment of mechanically adaptive nanocomposites for intracortical microelectrodes

  • J P Harris, A E Hess, S J Rowan, C Weder, C A Zorman, D J Tyler and J R Capadona Case Western University.
  • Simple idea: electrodes should be rigid enough to penetrate the brain, yet soft enough to not damage it once implanted.
  • Many studies have shown that shear stress around a microelectrode shaft causes neural die-off and glial response.
  • You can only record from neurons if they are < 100um from the electrode tip.
  • Nanocomposite material is inspired by sea cucumber skin.
    • Our materials exhibit this behaviour by mimicking the architecture and proposed switching mechanism at play in the sea cucumber dermis by utilizing a polymer NC consisting of a controllable structural scaffold of rigid cellulose nanofibres embedded within a soft polymeric matrix. When the nanofibres percolate, they interact with each other through hydrogen bonding and form a nanofibre network that becomes the load-bearing element, leading to a high overall stiffness of the NC. When combined with a polymer system which additionally undergoes a phase transition at physiologically relevant temperatures, a contrast of over two orders of magnitude for the tensile elastic modulus is exhibited.
  • Probes were 200um wide, 100um thick, and had a point sharpened to 45deg.
  • Buckle force testing was done on 53um thick, 125um wide probes sharpened to a 30deg point.
  • Penetration stress through the rat pia is 1.2e7 dynes/cm^2 for a Si probe 40um thick and 80um wide.
  • See also {1198}


[0] Harris JP, Hess AE, Rowan SJ, Weder C, Zorman CA, Tyler DJ, Capadona JR, In vivo deployment of mechanically adaptive nanocomposites for intracortical microelectrodes.J Neural Eng 8:4, 046010 (2011 Aug)