Referring to health questions, conducting polymers have been projected for applications for a wide range of biomolecular electronic devices such as optical, electronic, drug delivery, memory and biosensing devices. Their “softness”, as compared to traditional electronic materials, offers improved compatibility with cells and tissues, whereas the combined ionic and electronic conductivity of the material enables their use as translators between electronics and biological systems.
As the interest for complex biomedical questions increase in the research community, a need has developed for more advanced model systems and new techniques. There is an increasing trend in collaborations between scientific disciplines to develop micro- and nano-technological systems for integration in life science applications, and great expectations have been generated that this trend may fulfill previously unachievable requirements needed to address the long-standing medical questions. This scientific progress is addressed by the OrgBIO consortium and covers a broad spectrum of knowledge from material science, fundamental understanding of single electronic devices to novel systems and applications.
New possibilities offered by the organic bioelectronics in sensor biology and nanomedicine are at the early stages. It is important to identify the needs from the medical and biological community as well as the opportunities offered by the increasingly sophisticated electronic tools at hand. Those needs will define the final scientific and technological objectives of the OrgBIO programme, which will span the whole spectrum of the field from materials through devices to the applications, by means of powerful enabling techniques.
The OrgBIO consortium aims to train PhD students in this very interdisciplinary field (chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, and engineering) in a close and fruitful collaboration between academic institutions and industry. The consortium is well-placed around leading academic groups in materials science and important industrial players/manufacturers and will condition young European scientists for the needs of the next decades.