ICICS Researchers Develop Ionic Materials with Bionic Potential

A prosthetic arm attached with a patch of ionic skin (credit: Kai Jacobson/UBC Faculty of Applied Science)

This story first appeared on the Faculty of Applied Science website

ICICS Bionics Network co-lead John Madden is leading research on new soft piezoelectric materials that generate a voltage in response to pressure, with potential applications in artificial skin and other areas such as implants and drug release. His former student, Yuta Dobashi, who started the work as part of his master’s in biomedical engineering at UBC, is lead author of a paper in Science describing the mechanism in detail. Read the full Applied Science story here.