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      Recording Electrical Brain Activity with Novel Stretchable Electrodes Based on Supersonic Cluster Beam Implantation Nanotechnology on Conformable Polymers

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          Multielectrodes are implanted in central and peripheral nervous systems for rehabilitation and diagnostic purposes. The physical resistance of intracranial devices to mechanical stress is critical and fractures or electrode displacement may occur. We describe here a new recording device with stretchable properties based on Supersonic Cluster Beam Implantation (SCBI) technology with high mechanical adaptability to displacement and movement.


          The capability of SCBI-based multichannel electrodes to record brain electrical activity was compared to glass/silicon microelectrodes in acute in vitro experiments on the isolated guinea pig brain preparation. Field potentials and power frequency analysis demonstrated equal recording features for SCBI and standard electrodes. Chronic in vivo epidural implantation of the SCBI electrodes confirmed excellent long-term recording properties in comparison to standard EEG metal electrodes. Tissue biocompatibility was demonstrated by neuropathological evaluation of the brain tissue 2 months after the implantation of the devices in the subarachnoid space.


          We confirm the biocompatibility of novel SCBI-based stretchable electrode devices and demonstrate their suitability for recording electrical brain activity in pre-clinical settings.

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                Int J Nanomedicine
                Int J Nanomedicine
                International Journal of Nanomedicine
                24 December 2019
                : 14
                : 10079-10089
                [1 ]Unit of Epileptology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta , Milano, Italy
                [2 ]WISE Srl, Cologno Monzese , Milano, Italy
                [3 ]Neurosurgery Unit, Department of Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation, IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital , Roma, Italy
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Vadym Gnatkovsky Unit of Epileptology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta , Via Amadeo, 42, Milano20133, ItalyTel +39 0223944518 Email Vadym.Gnatkovsky@istituto-besta.it
                © 2019 Gnatkovsky et al.

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                Figures: 5, References: 32, Pages: 11
                The study is supported by the Italian Health Ministry grant RF-2010-2304417.
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