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Welcome to the Laboratory of Soft Materials and Bio-Electronics (SMBE) at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). We are an interdisciplinary research group of scientists and engineers, working on soft materials and bio-electronics and dedicating to advancing science and technology in the intersection of materials, mechanics, electronics, biology, and manufacturing. Our research interests center on creating multifunctional soft materials, exploring multimodal 2D/3D devices, and developing cost-effective, scalable manufacturing methods for next-generation bio-integrated electronics with unprecedented characteristics to bring solutions to the grand challenges faced in healthcare and robotic interface. Specifically, our current research consists of three major thrusts: (i) development of novel soft functional materials that have built-in multifunctionality and long-term biocompatibility and can blur the biotic-abiotic dissimilarities in structures, mechanics, electronics, and biochemistry; (ii) designs, fabrications, and on-body evaluations of customized, multimodal, closed-loop bio-integrated electronics which can concurrently record multiple biosignals and provide feedback-based interventions for potential applications in early diagnosis and timely treatment of heart diseases and chronic wounds, as well as elderly care and brain/neural interfacing; (iii) exploring cost-effective, scalable manufacturing of bioelectronics to facilitate their disposable (i.e., one-time use) and practical applications. More details can be found here.
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