Professor Ivan Minev

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Professor of Intelligent Healthcare Technologies

Ivan Minev
i.minev@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5614

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Professor Ivan Minev
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Amy Johnson Building
Portobello Street
Sheffield
S1 4DW
Profile

Ivan Minev studied Physics at Imperial College London graduating in 2008. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge in 2012. Working in the group of Stephanie Lacour, he was involved in developing stretchable electronics. Between 2012 and 2016, Ivan was post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), developing soft implants for the nervous system. From 2016 to 2019, he was research group leader at the Biotechnology Center of Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.

Ivan joined ACSE in October 2019.

Research interests

Bioelectronic implants improve the lives of countless individuals through diagnostic or prosthetic functions. Beyond the success of cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants or deep brain stimulation, many more therapeutic applications in the nervous and cardiovascular systems remain unexplored. Making the most out of these opportunities will depend on implantable systems that can record and stimulate neural activity and integrate seamlessly with soft tissues in the body.

My group is working on:

  • Building sensor-actuator networks to enable listening and speaking to the nervous system in several “languages”. We treat the nervous system not only as an electrical, but also as a chemical, thermal and optical machine.
  • Development of 3D printing technologies for the physical realization of implantable bioelectronic devices and soft robots.
  • Novel biomaterials (e.g. hydrogels) for engineering the interaction between implant and host tissue.
Research group

We currently have several open positions for enthusiastic PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Grants

European Research Council, Starting Grant, Integrated Implant Technology for Multi-modal Brain Interfaces (IntegraBrain), 2019 – 2024, 1,496,000 €.

Volkswagen Foundation, Freigeist fellowship, Electronic Tissue Technology for Spinal Cord Repair, 2017 – 2021, 920,000 €