Empa-Akademie, Dübendorf, Switzerland
September 25-26, 2024

Professor Shery Huang 

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Keynote Speaker

Fibre biofabrication for biointerfaced electronics and sensors

Abstract :

Enhancing the functionality and sensory capabilities of living structures with large-area electronics, presents exciting applications in biology-machine interface and wearable health technologies. Nevertheless, current large-area sensor and electronic designs can pose challenges by interfering with the natural sensations of their biological hosts. Another hurdle is finding ways to expand the use of transient, large-area electronic structures without significantly increasing their environmental and ecological impact. This presentation will demonstrate biofabrication and fibre printing technologies towards sustainable and imperceptible electronics and sensors. Using substrate-free polymeric fibres as building blocks, the fibres naturally form seamlessly interfaces with the biological surfaces, further allowing rigid-flexible coupling with microelectronics and e-textiles. Additionally, we demonstrate a circular approach to device maintenance, recycling, and reconfiguration. An outlook is provided on the future pathways for developing sustainable on-skin electronics and "Fiber-of-Things (FoT)".

Bio :

Prof. Yan Yan Shery Huang is Professor of Bioengineering, leading the Biointerface Group at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM)-UK; Associate Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Bio-Design and Manufacturing. Her group’s research themes include (i) organ-on-a-chip and tissue engineering; (ii) intertwining 3D printing and AI for ethical clinical informatics; and (iii) fibre-of-things and biofabrication for bioelectronics. Shery completed her MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London, and PhD degree in Physics (Biological & Soft Systems) from University of Cambridge.