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Semiconductor Nanorod-Carbon Nanotube Biomimetic Films for Wire-Free Photostimulation of Blind Retinas

Lookup NU author(s): Cyril Eleftheriou, Professor Evelyne SernagorORCiD



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We report the development of a semiconductor nanorod-carbon nanotube based platform for wire-free, light induced retina stimulation. A plasma polymerized acrylic acid midlayer was used to achieve covalent conjugation of semiconductor nanorods directly onto neuro-adhesive, three-dimensional carbon nanotube surfaces. Photocurrent, photovoltage, and fluorescence lifetime measurements validate efficient charge transfer between the nanorods and the carbon nanotube films. Successful stimulation of a light-insensitive chick retina suggests the potential use of this novel platform in future artificial retina applications.

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Author(s): Bareket L, Waiskopf N, Rand D, Lubin G, David-Pur M, Ben-Dov J, Roy S, Eleftheriou C, Sernagor E, Cheshnovsky O, Banin U, Hanein Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nano Letters

Year: 2014

Volume: 14

Issue: 11

Pages: 6685-6692

Print publication date: 01/11/2014

Online publication date: 28/10/2014

Date deposited: 24/09/2015

ISSN (print): 1530-6984

ISSN (electronic): 1530-6992

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/nl5034304


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Clara Robert Einstein Scholarship
Israel Ministry of Science and Technology
BBSRC BB/1023526/1Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
FUNMANIA-306707European Research Council under European Community