Wearables for Health
The goal of the module "Wearables for Health" are the following:
- We develop multiparametric body monitoring technologies for the early detection of health condition and disease prevention
- For this, we develop sensors for long-term, quantitative health monitoring to rationalize the decision-making process based on computational multiphysics and artificial intelligence methods.
We develod physical and chemical sensors with polymer optical fibers, nanofiber meshes, or hydrogels as substrates. Modification of the substrate with sensitive moieties (e.g. fluorophores, chromophores), or the simple integration into textiles, allows detection of gases, liquids, biomolecules, body vital pa-rameters, and microorganisms. Detection occurs by changes in light intensity, wavelength, and/or fluo-rescent intensity.
CMOS compatible silicon nanowires (SiNWs) operated as ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs) can function as chemical and biochemical sensors. In these devices, the gate metal of the transistor is replaced by the solution carrying the analyte species. The reactions of charged analytes with ligand groups at the sensor surface cause a change of the electrical surface potential at the gate contact. This change in surface potential is detected as a shift in the transistor transfer function and can be quantita-tively related to the number of adsorbed analytes.