Novel Neural-Electrical Interfaces for Neural Device Control

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,999.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-08-C-0426
Agency Tracking Number:
08ST1-0047
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NICO TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
3233 Andora Drive, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
622797327
Principal Investigator:
R. Doty
Senior Researcher
(734) 763-8768
nick@nico-technologies.com
Business Contact:
Elvira Stesikova
Research Manager
(734) 945-8131
elvira@nico-technologies.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
Nicholas A Kotov
2300 Hayward
Chemical Engineering
Ann Arbor, MI, MI, 48109
(734) 763-8767
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
A new method of manufacturing of deep brain stimulation devices is proposed. We will use proprietary method of processing of carbon nanotubes into ultrastrong and highly conductive thin sheets. Flexibility of the sheets and special electrode design will make possible effective integration of the designed implants into the brain tissues. This will greatly reduce inflammation which will be tested in-vivo (rats). High impedance and charge storage capacity comparable to that of irridium oxide will provide excellent interface for electrical excitation of neurons.

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