Development of a polymer based fully flexible electrode tip for neuronal micro-stimulation applications

Romain David, Norihisa Miki

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Abstract

Neural stimulation systems design is highly impacted by the overall resolution and adaptability of the device to the targeted application and area to stimulate. In this paper, we report a novel design for neural micro-stimulation electrode presenting high resolution and adaptability to any targeted area via a high flexibility. We propose the use of liquid metal micro-channels encapsulated into a polymer volume, achieving micro-stimulation pads at the tip of the channels. It presents a high degree of patternability to match different possible targeted applications, and good flexibility and mechanic properties to make it insertable and adaptable into soft tissues. A stable fabrication process, including insertion of the liquid alloy into 50μm half-channels, the necessity of the U-shape to produce functional conductive micro-channels and the mechanical integrity of the device are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number06GN02
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Volume56
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

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