Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry Emeritus Group Membrane and Neurophysics Prof. Dr. Peter Fromherz Am Klopferspitz 18 D-82152 Martinsried Germany Email: email@example.com
Emeritus Group "Membrane and Neurophysics"
We study the electrical interfacing of semiconductors and of living cells, in particular of neurons. Cellular processes are coupled to microelectronic devices through the direct contact of cell membranes and semiconductor chips. The research is directed (i) to reveal the structure and dynamics of the cell-semiconductor interface and (ii) to build up hybrid neuroelectronic networks.
We explore the new world at the interface of the electronics in inorganic solids and the ionics in living cells. This basic research provides the basis for future applications in medical prosthetics, biosensorics, brain research and neurocomputation.
Network of snail neurons on a silicon chip. The cell bodies (dark blobs) are immobilized by picket fences on two-way contacts of capacitive stimulation spots and field effect transistors. They are joined by neurites (bright threads) with electrical synapses.