High-performance Platinum Neurostimulation Electrode with 97% Reduction in Corrosion

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed neurostimulation microelectrodes that solve the current concerns of safety and reliability, while still maintaining high performance. Platinum (Pt) is one of the most commonly used materials for neurostimulation devices due to its excellent biocompatibility and good charge transfer characteristics. Although Pt is regarded as safe, it commonly goes through irreversible electrochemical corrosion during neurostimulation which leaves cytotoxic byproducts. To combat these issues, Purdue Researchers micro-fabricated graphene-coated Pt microelectrodes with circular and fractal designs to show that graphene can significantly suppress Pt corrosion while maintaining excellent performance. In fact, over a 10 hour testing time, the graphene layer reduced Pt corrosion by 97 percent for fractal microelectrodes and 88 percent for circular microelectrodes all while retaining superior charge transfer characteristics.

-Decreased Corrosion

Potential Applications:
-Neurostimulation devices
Jan 7, 2021
Utility Patent
United States

Jan 8, 2020
United States
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