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MATSCI 384: Materials Advances for Neurotechnology: Materials Meet the Mind

The dichotomy between the material world and the mental world has driven the curiosity of scientists to explore the wonders of the brain, as well as motivated the continued innovations of novel technologies based on advances in materials science and engineering to understand the brain. This course introduces the basic principles of materials design and fabrication for probing the inner workings of the brain, discusses the fundamental challenges of state-of-the-art neurotechnologies, and explores the latest breakthroughs in materials-assisted neuroengineering. The course will cover the following topics: fundamentals of electrophysiology of the nervous system, mechanical and biochemical requirements of neural interfacing materials, materials for electrical neural interfaces (tungsten/carbon electrodes, Utah/Michigan/ECoG electrode arrays), materials for optical neural interfaces (optical fibers/waveguides for optogenetics, microprisms/GRIN lenses for fluorescence imaging of neural activi more »
The dichotomy between the material world and the mental world has driven the curiosity of scientists to explore the wonders of the brain, as well as motivated the continued innovations of novel technologies based on advances in materials science and engineering to understand the brain. This course introduces the basic principles of materials design and fabrication for probing the inner workings of the brain, discusses the fundamental challenges of state-of-the-art neurotechnologies, and explores the latest breakthroughs in materials-assisted neuroengineering. The course will cover the following topics: fundamentals of electrophysiology of the nervous system, mechanical and biochemical requirements of neural interfacing materials, materials for electrical neural interfaces (tungsten/carbon electrodes, Utah/Michigan/ECoG electrode arrays), materials for optical neural interfaces (optical fibers/waveguides for optogenetics, microprisms/GRIN lenses for fluorescence imaging of neural activity), and materials for biochemical neural interfaces (implantable microfluidic probes, neurotrophic scaffolds). Students will be able to speak the languages of both materials science and neuroengineering and acquire the knowledge and skills to understand and address pressing neuroscience challenges with materials advances. This course will include lectures, student discussions/presentations and guest lectures given by pioneers in related fields at Stanford and other schools/companies in the local area. nPrerequisite: undergraduate physics and chemistry; MATSCI 152, 158, 164, 190 or equivalents are recommended but not required prior to taking this course.
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