Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 399, Issue 7, pp 2313–2329 | Cite as

The potential of microelectrode arrays and microelectronics for biomedical research and diagnostics

  • Ian L. Jones
  • Paolo Livi
  • Marta K. Lewandowska
  • Michele Fiscella
  • Branka Roscic
  • Andreas Hierlemann


Planar microelectrode arrays (MEAs) are devices that can be used in biomedical and basic in vitro research to provide extracellular electrophysiological information about biological systems at high spatial and temporal resolution. Complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) is a technology with which MEAs can be produced on a microscale featuring high spatial resolution and excellent signal-to-noise characteristics. CMOS MEAs are specialized for the analysis of complete electrogenic cellular networks at the cellular or subcellular level in dissociated cultures, organotypic cultures, and acute tissue slices; they can also function as biosensors to detect biochemical events. Models of disease or the response of cellular networks to pharmacological compounds can be studied in vitro, allowing one to investigate pathologies, such as cardiac arrhythmias, memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease, or vision impairment caused by ganglion cell degeneration in the retina.


Biochips Biosensors Electroanalytical methods Microelectrode array CMOS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian L. Jones
    • 1
  • Paolo Livi
    • 1
  • Marta K. Lewandowska
    • 1
  • Michele Fiscella
    • 1
  • Branka Roscic
    • 1
  • Andreas Hierlemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department Biosystems Science and Engineering (BSSE)Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)BaselSwitzerland

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