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Z1.05/AA1.05 - Communicating with Nerve Cells Using Nanostructured Carbons 
April 22, 2014   10:30am - 11:00am

Nanostructured forms of carbon have extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties.The fact that carbon is considered inherently biocompatible means that these more recently discovered forms have attracted the attention of those of us interested in the development of more effective electromaterials for medical bionics.A number of different carbon nanotube based electromaterial platforms have been shown to provide effective electrical communication with both nerve and muscle cells. These advances will be presented here.More recently a structure consisting of graphene layers deposited on a biopolymer substrate has proven to be effective in nerve cell communication. A striking feature of this electrode structure is that the very thein layer of (bilayer) graphene used has minimal effective on the mechanical properties of the underlying biopolymer yet provides sufficient electronic conductivity for electrical stimulation of nerve cells.

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Keynote Address
Panel Discussion - Different Approaches to Commercializing Materials Research
Business Challenges to Starting a Materials-Based Company
Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience
Application of In-situ X-ray Absorption, Emission and Powder Diffraction Studies in Nanomaterials Research - From the Design of an In-situ Experiment to Data Analysis