Organic Bioelectronics Laboratory

Where Electronics meet Biology

Research at BIOEL

Overview

Welcome to the website of the Lab of Organic Bioelectronics!

 
Our research is about ​the coupling of organic electronic materials with biological systems. We aim to develop electronic devices that can interface with living systems and detect or treat diseases in ways that have not been possible before. These devices might include an implant that goes into the heart and regulates the heartbeat or when placed in the brain, via delivery of drugs or electrical stimulation, alleviates symptoms of a neurological disorder. They can as well pick up biological signals and translate these into electrical information, forming the basis of a biosensor. The success of these devices, however, depends on how well the electronics communicate with the biological system. And materials that enable communication between these two worlds are the key to building high-performance devices.
 
In our lab, we employ organic electronic materials, that are carbon-based semiconductors, for interfacing the living tissue. Sharing similar building blocks with living organisms, these materials bring together a unique set of properties that can be leveraged to improve the compatibility of artificial devices. For instance, they soften up as they interact with the body fluid, dampening the mechanical mismatch with the tissue. They transport electronic charges like metals but are also ionically active like biological systems. As such, organic electronic materials provide a new toolbox for interfacing with biology. Leveraging the properties of organic electronic materials, our goal is to design bio-sensing and stimulation platforms with unique capabilities.​ 
 
As the Lab of Organic Bioelectronics at KAUST, we welcome you to our website and hope that you enjoy your visit!​
 
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Latest News

07 February, 2022

Open postdoc position

We are looking for a postdoc with a PhD in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering or related areas specialized in organic electronics and/or organic bioelectronics.

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01 September, 2021

Welcome Luca, our new PhD student!

Luca aims to develop electrochemical sensors based on conductive polymers for the detection of molecules of biological or industrial interest.

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12 April, 2021

Congratulations to Sahika on being shortlisted for the Nature Portfolio Research Awards for Inspiring Women in Science!

Dr. Sahika Inal is being recognized for her contributions to the bioelectronics field of research.

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10 August, 2021

Farewell to Amer Sakr, Federico Ferrari, and Hussain Asghar

We wish them all the best and hope to meet again!

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