Electrodes

With our patented °AirRay electrode technology we have overcome current limitations of electrodes.

Based on our laser-aided manufacturing process we can design and manufacture electrodes according to your actual requirements – in any geometrical shape, with hundreds of contacts, and for numerous applications.

All our products are engineered and manufactured in Germany.

Key Winning Features

  • High Precision
    Ultra-short pulse laser micromachining allows for very small feature sizes of down to 25 µm at highest reproducibility.
  • Easy Adjustment of Mechanical Properties
    Varying the thickness of silicone, parylene-C, or metal layers creates softer or harder electrode structures.
  • Easy Adaptation of Shape and Functionality
    Electrodes can be modified to build 3-dimensional assemblies as well as nerve cuff electrodes to be wrapped around peripheral nerves.

    Further adaptions include the integration of microfluidic channels for drug delivery into electrode arrays.
  • Excellent Electrochemical Properties
    Platinum-Iridium or MP35N are used as standard electrode materials.Other materials are available upon request. To improve charge injection capacity, high performance coatings can be provided.
  •  High Level of Patient Safety
    Mechanical interlocking mechanisms prevent electrode contacts from dislocation and ensure safe contact to neural tissue.
  • Improved Usability and Reliability
    Great mechanical adaptability make surgical handling significantly easier. Superior reliability maintains full electrode functionality even under recurring loads.
  • Freedom of Design
    Freedom of Design of the shape of electrode contacts and outlines allows for significantly higher performance of planar or cuff electrodes during stimulation and recording.

Design Options

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Multi-Layer Functionalization

  • Adjustment of thickness and flexibility by number and type of polymer or metal layers
  • Adaptation of contact density and functionality by number and type of metal layers
  • Integration of microfluidic channels and ports
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General Dimensions

Thickness

  • Silicone electrodes: 0.15 mm – 1 mm
  • Hybrid silicone-parylene electrodes: 0.08 mm – 1 mm­

 

Contact size

  • Silicone electrodes: down to 0.1 mm
  • Hybrid silicone-parylene electrodes: down to 0.05 mm

 

Contact spacing

  • Silicone electrodes: down to 0.3 mm center-to-center
  • Hybrid silicone-parylene electrodes: down to 0.08 mm center-to-center
  • Depending on number of contacts

 

Contact shape: round, rectangular or arbitrary

Design geometry maximum: 90 mm x 90 mm

Various designs for electrode outline incl. slit contours

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Design Variations – Cuff Electrodes

Inner diameter: starting from 0.1 mm

Number of contacts: arbitrary

Closing mechanisms:

  • Split cylinder
  • Buckle-and-belt
  • Self-spiraling
  • Piano hinge

Further closing mechanisms for chronic implantation can be developed

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Other Variations

Folding planar AirRay™ electrodes

3D assembly of multiple AirRay™ electrodes

Intrafascicular electrodes

Combination with other technologies:

  • Depth electrodes
  • 3D metal parts

 Functional components such as surgical mesh or suture material

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Click here to download the Datasheet for our Electrode Technology.

More technical Information

Materials

Polymers

  

Medical  grade silicone rubber:

Long–term (≥ 30 days)

Short–term (< 30 days)

Parylene–C 

Metals

  

Medical grade metal alloys:

Platinum-Iridium (90/10)

Platinum

MP35N

Stainless Steel

Gold

High–performance coatings:

Sputtered Iridium Oxide (SIROF)

Platinum Black

Physical surface modification permits

additional adaptations to the

individual application.

Performance

 

Charge Injection
Capacity

Impedance
(Contact Ø 1mm)

10 Hz     1KHz

Impedance
(Contact Ø 2.7 mm)

10 Hz     1 KHz

MP35N

Max. 0,03260 kΩ    5 kΩ32 kΩ     0,6 kΩ

Platinum-Iridium (90/10)

0,09 mC/cm247 kΩ     1 kΩ8 kΩ     0,2 kΩ

Platinum

0,05 mC/cm2  

Sputtered Iridium Oxide (SIROF)

 1 mC/cm2  

Platinum Black

0,25 mC/cm2

Related Services

  • Device design
  • Tests/validations of new designs incl. technical documentation
  • Impedance spectroscopy

Characterization of the electrode’s recording performance.

  •  Pulse testing

Characterization of the electrode’s stimulation performance.

  •  Sterilization

We offer ethylene oxide sterilization including peel-pouch or blister packaging in collaboration with external partners. Upon request steam sterilization using sterile pouches is offered as in-house service.

  • Corrosion testing

Evaluating the corrosion resistance of a particular electrode design for a given stimulation paradigm.

  •  Reliability testing

Common cyclic bending and pull tests under different environmental conditions but also setups tailored to the customer’s needs.

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Our service comprises the full range from designing and encapsulating implantable electronics over to interconnections to electrodes up to developing firmware and software.

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The fully implantable system for recording and stimulation both on 32 channels enables open and closed loop interaction with the nervous system.

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Our Service

Our services include all important steps from providing solutions how to realize your idea of a product over development and testing up to manufacturing the approved medical device.

With our application-related, technological, and regulatory know-how we support every step on the way to your implant.

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Quality

Through our quality management system, we meet the highest requirements of the applicable standards.

CorTec is DIN EN ISO 13485 certified and has high-class clean rooms.

References

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