University of California, Los Angeles team develops ultrathin films made of molybdenum disulfide for flexible bioelectronic membranes. Applications include human-robotic interfaces, wearable health sensors, diagnostics, bio-electronic hybrid organisms and more.
These membranes are robust and naturally conform to body tissues for biotech applications and are 10,000x thinner than the diameter of human hair.
Science Magazine has recently published the paper describing the research where the breathable and permeable membranes were used to create an electronic circuit in a plant leaf as well as a human skin transistor. The electrolytes present in living organisms complete the circuit.
Van der Waals thin films could serve as the interfaces for human-machine bioelectronics, AI-enabled technologies, electronic-cellular hybrids and other possibilities.