Summer Research Internship
Project 6: Creative Design of Novel Neural Electrode
Release time:2017-10-12 Read the number:6458

Contact Information

Dr. Wenguang Zhang



Project Description and Objectives

Neural electrode is aimed at assisting people with neurological disabilities by stimulating or recording from neural tissue and then creating a link between the nervous system and the outside world. However, the short life is a great limitation for the development of neural electrode.


To improve the longevity of neural electrodes, many researches try to change the shape of the neural electrodes and design new structures. In our previous work, several kinds of optimized neural electrodes were designed, such as the microelectrodes with convex streamline and electrodes with the capability of vibration attenuation, which are confirmed reasonable.


This project is aimed to design novel electrode with new structure and beneficial characteristics to improve the longevity of the electrode. In the project, both simulation with software and experiment are possible. You can choose to do some simulation of your own design or take advantage of advanced manufacture and test technology in the university to do some experiment.


The objective of the internship is to make some contribution to our long-term project with some new idea and design based on what we are doing now.


Eligibility Requirements

Basic knowledge of mechanical engineering is mandatory, finite elements method is a plus.

Basic knowledge of ANSYS, ABAQUS or other simulation and modeling software is preferred.

Excellent writing and speaking communication are mandatory.

Carefulness, patience and interest in experiment.


Main Tasks

Propose a new idea to improve the neural electrode.

Present the result of design either with simulation or with experiment.

Finish a report of the internship.




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