CVD-grown monolayer MoS2 in bioabsorbable electronics and biosensors

Xiang Chen, Yong Ju Park, Minpyo Kang, Seung Kyun Kang, Jahyun Koo, Sachin M. Shinde, Jiho Shin, Seunghyun Jeon, Gayoung Park, Ying Yan, Matthew R. MacEwan, Wilson Z. Ray, Kyung Mi Lee, John A. Rogers, Jong Hyun Ahn

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Transient electronics represents an emerging technology whose defining feature is an ability to dissolve, disintegrate or otherwise physically disappear in a controlled manner. Envisioned applications include resorbable/degradable biomedical implants, hardware-secure memory devices, and zero-impact environmental sensors. 2D materials may have essential roles in these systems due to their unique mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical properties. Here, we study the bioabsorption of CVD-grown monolayer MoS2, including long-term cytotoxicity and immunological biocompatibility evaluations in biofluids and tissues of live animal models. The results show that MoS2 undergoes hydrolysis slowly in aqueous solutions without adverse biological effects. We also present a class of MoS2-based bioabsorbable and multi-functional sensor for intracranial monitoring of pressure, temperature, strain, and motion in animal models. Such technology offers specific, clinically relevant roles in diagnostic/therapeutic functions during recovery from traumatic brain injury. Our findings support the broader use of 2D materials in transient electronics and qualitatively expand the design options in other areas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1690
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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