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Research activities, primarily focused on Bionics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, that involve a wide range of biomedical engineering activities including biomechanics, orthopaedics, laser micro-manufacturing, bioinstrumentation, electronic chip design, wireless sensor networks, advanced microscopy, neurophysiology, electrophysiology, and in vitro and in vivo experimentation.

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Competitive advantage

  • Design and development of novel neural interfacing materials for neural stimulation, and recording electrodes
  • Advanced electrode coatings that use cells and photo-active nanomaterials, embedded within conducting polymers and conducting hydrogels, to provide physiological stimulation of excitable tissues at the individual cell level
  • Electrode coatings tailored to improve electrical performance while reducing scarring and enabling enhanced device-tissue integration
  • Understanding neuro-compatibility; compatibility of new materials with nervous tissues
  • Development of 3D mixed cell cultures for evaluating neural responses to technology


  • Novel electrode coatings significantly improve the performance and lifetime of bionic devices
  • Enhanced ability to restore auditory and visual perception
  • Improved deep brain stimulators to treat or manage conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, anxiety and depression

Successful outcomes

  • Patent (9299476)

Capabilities and facilities

  • Materials fabrication, mechanical and electrical characterisation, primary cell culture, biomedical imaging, animal models
  • Dedicated facilities for bionic device fabrication and characterisation