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TU Dresden » Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering » Institute for Materials Science » Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Thursday, 21 January 2021
(at 13:00 in room Zoom meeting)
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Organic LEDs as neuronal interfaces

Dr Caroline Murawski

Kurt-Schwabe-Institut, Meinsberg, Germany

Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) possess unique properties compared to traditional light sources: large-area emission, fabrication on plastic films, tuning of emitted spectrum and angular distribution, and structuring to high-density arrays. Nowadays, OLED displays containing millions of pixels are applied in most smartphone displays. Besides consumer electronics, the properties of OLEDs make them also highly attractive for biological applications. Here, optical interfaces are used to image cells, understand their function, and, more recently, also to control the activity of neurons through a method called optogenetics. In our research, we tailor OLED properties specifically to these applications by making OLEDs flexible and water-proof, improving the brightness, adjusting the spectrum, and by patterning the devices to the size of individual cells. In my talk, I will show our recent development in these areas and I will present how OLEDs can be used to control and read out neuronal activity.

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Invited by G. Cuniberti

Within the nanoSeminar

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