Why Bioelectronics?

Like their silicon counterparts, living systems manipulate electrical charges to achieve complex reactions and behaviors. A major technological revolution is about to occur as researchers develop the ability to interface natural and synthetic cellular systems with nanoscale materials to create hybrid cells and materials that communicate electronically. This new interdisciplinary field will transform fundamental science, industry, medicine, and our way of life by yielding new technologies. Bioelectronics requires that scientists and engineers collaborate across diverse disciplines because bioelectronics spans interfaces from electronics and organs (neuroengineering, electroceuticals) to connecting microbial sensors and conductive materials (biosensors, electrosynthesis), and encompasses the construction of light-harvesting materials that engage cellular metabolism (synthetic leaves, energetics) and electronic sensor signal processing.