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John Rogers receives 2019 Benjamin Franklin award

Northwestern University’s John A. Rogers has received the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Materials Engineering “for pioneering the engineering of flexible and stretchable electronic systems for e-health and exploratory neuroscience”. These systems can non-invasively integrate with the soft tissue surfaces of the human body to provide diverse, clinically relevant diagnostic and therapeutic modes of use. Rogers’ interdisciplinary research combines expertise from nearly every traditional field of study in science and engineering, with outcomes that have changed the way that people think about industrial, consumer and biomedical electronic devices.

In the past two years alone, the Rogers group has produced bioresorbable stimulators for the accelerated neuroregeneration of damaged peripheral nerves, non-invasive sensors of flow through ventricular shunts for treating hydrocephalus, skin-integrated microfluidic systems for analysis of biomarkers in sweat and wireless, battery-free devices for personalized measurement of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun.

Rogers will officially accept his award on April 11, 2019 at a formal ceremony in Philadelphia.