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Conducting Polymers in Neural Stimulation Applications. The physical basis for the origin of electrode potentials is given. Electrochemical reversibility is discussed. Two-electrode and three-electrode systems are compared.
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Various methods of controlling charge delivery during pulsing are presented. Commonly used electrode materials and stimulation protocols are reviewed in terms of stimulation efficacy and safety. Principles of stimulation of excitable tissue are reviewed. Mechanisms of damage to tissue and the electrode are reviewed. The development of a retinal prosthesis for artificial sight includes a study of the factors affecting the structural and functional stability of chronically implanted microelectrode arrays.
Although neuron depolarization and propagation of electrical signals have been studied for nearly a century, the use of multielectrode stimulation as a proposed therapy to treat blindness is a frontier area of modern ophthalmology research. Mapping and characterizing the topographic information contained in the electric field potentials and understanding how this information is transmitted and interpreted in the visual cortex is still very much a work in progress.
In order to characterize the electrical field patterns generated by the device, an in vitro prototype that mimics several of the physical and chemical parameters of the in vivo visual implant device was fabricated. Correlating the information contained in the topographic features of the electric fields with psychophysical testing in patients may help reduce the time required for patients to convert the electrical patterns into graphic signals.
Vincent Kandagor, Carlos J. Cela, Charlene A. Microfabrication offers many advantages for the batch manufacture of reliable, microscale electrode arrays. Such arrays have been used for highly localized recording and stimulation of neural tissue. This chapter gives a survey of the most commonly used materials and methods in the fabrication of microelectrodes, including planar silicon-based electrodes, three-dimensional silicon-based electrodes, sieve electrodes, and polymer-based structures. Several techniques for electrode modification with nanostructures are described, including carbon nanotube and conductive polymer nanotube coatings.
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Biocompatibility is described in the context of central nervous system response to chronically implanted devices, which leads to the eventual development of a glial scar. Neuro-stimulation can be implemented using several design choices — bipolar vs. To ensure proper function through the desired lifetime, electrodes are typically made of titanium, platinum, or iridium.
However, for actual neuro-stimulation pulses, platinum can only safely inject 0.
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Compared to platinum, iridium can inject 10 times the amount of charge for both neuro-stimulation and cyclic voltammetry. The greater capability is due to both the greater number of available oxidation states and utilization of bulk porous oxide. In AC impedance, a titanium electrode exhibits the same double-layer capacitance per area as that of platinum. However, titanium suffers from irreversible buildup of a high-impedance oxide layer, which prevents sustained charge-injection usage. The irreversible oxidation can be observed using the pulse-clamp technique.
This chapter also introduces computer simulations, specifically capacitive computer models, as a method for visualizing the current-distribution pattern. The simulation shows uniform current distribution despite prominent electrode topologies. A dissolution study performed with gold electrodes confirms that the current distribution is uniform during normal usage, but exhibits severe current crowding when charge injection is increased above the safe limit. With advances in neural prostheses, the demand for high-resolution and site-specific stimulation is driving microelectrode research to develop electrodes that are much smaller in area and longer in lifetime.
For such arrays, the choice of electrode material has become increasingly important. Currently, most neural stimulation devices use platinum, iridium oxide, or titanium nitride electrodes.
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Although those metal electrodes have low electrode impedance, high charge injection capability, and high corrosion resistance, the neural interface between solid metal and soft tissue has undesilable characteristics. Recently, several conducting polymers, also known as inherently conducting polymers ICPs , have been explored as new electrode materials for neural interfaces.
Polypyrrole PPy , polyaniline PANi , and poly 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene PEDOT polymers may offer the organic, improved bionic interface that is necessary to promote biocompatibility in neural stimulation applications. While conducting polymers hold much promise in biomedical applications, more research is needed to further understand the properties of these materials.
Factors such as electrode impedance, polymer volume changes under electrical stimulation, charge injection capability, biocompatibility, and long-term stability are of significant importance and may pose as challenges in the future success of conducting polymers in biomedical applications.
Development of visual Neuroprostheses: trends and challenges
This chapter looks into the current research and challenges for conducting polymers and their applications in neural stimulation electrodes. This chapter focuses on how to interface biological systems with electronics so as to implement bio-instruments to obtain the in-depth understandings about the animal behavior and human brain activities, and complex neuroprosthetic devices to treat various neurological diseases. The interdisciplinary nature of the system requires a wide range of knowledge on both biology and electronics to build such systems.
A unique environment where the system should operate imposes challenging design constraints and system issues, which can be solved only by considering both biology and electronics simultaneously. Fundamental building circuits including amplifiers, filters, analog-to-digital converters ADCs are addressed first and subsystems which consist of those basic circuits are explained with emphasis on trade-offs which should be considered carefully to achieve optimal design. Several state-of-art systems such as integrated wireless neural-recording systems and retinal prostheses are presented to explain how the fundamental knowledge and principles are used in the real applications.
Miniaturization of microchips for implantation in the human body e. These capacitors would be based on high-dielectric constant layers, preferably made of materials that are bioinert not affected by human body fluids and are biocompatible do not elicit adverse reactions in the human body. The microchip-embedded capacitor provides energy storage and electromagnetic signal coupling needed for neural stimulations.