Softening Brain Probe

Penetrating cortical probes are fabricated with a shape memory polymer, which remain rigid in the air, like traditional silicon arrays, but become flexible and elastic after prolonged exposure to the brain. This should reduce immune response, and make for longer, better chronic recording.


These softening brain probes are fabricated on thiol-ene/acrylate shape memory polymer (SMP) substrates that are stiff at room temperature for surgical manipulation and insertion, but decrease in elastic modulus by one orders of magnitude at body temperature. This limits the foreign body response by significantly reducing the mechanical mismatch between the implant and brain tissue.

Device Specs

Shank length3/5 mm
Shank width0.29 mm
Shank thickness45 ± 5 μm
Electrode materialSIROF/Gold
Electrode span1.5 mm
Electrode pitch0.1 mm
Shank tip width0.0646 mm
First electrode distance from tip0.118 mm
Electrode diameter & area15 μm/177 μm2