Light Weight and Flexible High-performance Sensor Platforms for Medical Diagnostics


CIMTEC 2016 | event contribution
June 8, 2016 | Perugia, Italy

Demographic changes, altering clinical pictures and even unprecedented diseases require innovative approaches for reliable health monitoring platforms. The realization of such devices goes along with great scientific and technological challenges in the convergence area of classical disciplines. In a close collaboration of materials science, electronics and biology, a flexible diagnostic platform has been realized and its performance could be exemplified at the early detection of avian influenza virus (AIV) subtype H1N1 DNA sequences. The key component of the platform is a set of biosensors based on Si-nanowire field effect transistors fabricated on flexible 100 micrometer thick polyimide foils. These devices are about ten times lighter than their rigid counterparts on Si-wafers and can be prepared on large areas. While the latter allows reducing the fabrication costs per device, the former makes them cost efficient for high-volume delivery to medical institutions. Products emerging from our approach offer physicians and patients a reliable and permanent medical monitoring and can be used in medical prevention in many ways. Moreover, our concept offers vast possibilities for further applications not only in the health care sector, but also in industry and in everyday use.


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Light Weight and Flexible High-performance Sensor Platforms for Medical Diagnostics


CIMTEC 2016 | event contribution
June 8, 2016 | Perugia, Italy

Demographic changes, altering clinical pictures and even unprecedented diseases require innovative approaches for reliable health monitoring platforms. The realization of such devices goes along with great scientific and technological challenges in the convergence area of classical disciplines. In a close collaboration of materials science, electronics and biology, a flexible diagnostic platform has been realized and its performance could be exemplified at the early detection of avian influenza virus (AIV) subtype H1N1 DNA sequences. The key component of the platform is a set of biosensors based on Si-nanowire field effect transistors fabricated on flexible 100 micrometer thick polyimide foils. These devices are about ten times lighter than their rigid counterparts on Si-wafers and can be prepared on large areas. While the latter allows reducing the fabrication costs per device, the former makes them cost efficient for high-volume delivery to medical institutions. Products emerging from our approach offer physicians and patients a reliable and permanent medical monitoring and can be used in medical prevention in many ways. Moreover, our concept offers vast possibilities for further applications not only in the health care sector, but also in industry and in everyday use.


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