John A. Rogers
Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor,
Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering,
Neurological Surgery, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering,
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics
PhD (1995) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Rogers group is interested in understanding and exploiting unique characteristics of 'soft' materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, and biological tissues, and their hybrid combinations with inorganic micro/nanostructures. Our aim is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials; we also develop new 'soft lithographic' and biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. This work combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts in a way that promotes positive feedback between the two. Current areas of emphasis include conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, and microelectromechanical systems, all with an emphasis on bio-inspired and bio-integrated technologies. These efforts are highly multidisciplinary and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical study.
Specific recent achievements in bio-integrated electronics include the development of materials and technology platforms that enable (1) soft, ‘epidermal’ electronic devices for continuous capture of clinical quality information on health status, (2) ‘injectable’, cellular-scale optoelectronic systems for neuroscience research and optogenetics, (3) biodegradable, ‘transient’ semiconductor devices as temporary implants for wound care, rehabilitation, and drug delivery, and (4) 3D electronic architectures as active, responsive scaffolds for tissue cultures.