Microelectronics and biotechnology are currently performing a convergence process bringing both disciplines closer together. The process is mainly fed upon the development of methods aiming at the understanding and manipulation of nano-scaled objects. The new discipline of bioelectronics has evolved from this convergence dealing with the integration of electronic systems in biological environments and the study of interactions between both material worlds. The major developments are concerned with the field of biosensors, where the progressive miniaturization enabled the introduction of micro-sensors into biological systems.
The Joint Lab Bioelectronics was founded in 2012 by TU Berlin and the IHP - innovations for high performance microelectronics in order to deal with this recent development.