Sahika Inal

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Organic Bioelectronics Laboratory


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioelectronics, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, France, 2016.
  • Ph.D. Experimental Physics, University of Potsdam (UP), Germany, 2013.
  • M.Sc. Polymer Science, TU, HU, FU Berlin, UP, Germany, 2009.
  • B.Sc. Textile Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 2007.

Research Interests

​Dr. Inal's research is in the area of bioelectronics. Her research interests cover organic electronic materials and devices that can address research and clinical health monitoring and therapy needs. She is particularly interested in ionic-electronic conduction in organic electronic materials and explores the potential of these materials for recording small biological signals and modulating biological events. She aims to design electronic devices that can efficiently interface with the human body. She has been involved in projects on (i) the design of a polymer-based optical sensor for fast diagnostics of pathogens, (ii) a conducting polymer scaffold for 3D cell culture, (iii) integrating lipid bilayers with electrochemical transistors and (iv) the development of an electrophoretic device embedded with sensing components that stops epileptiform activity through localized drug delivery. 

Selected Publications

  • ​J. Rivnay, S. Inal, B. A. Collins, M. Sessolo, E. Stavrinidou, X. Strakosas, C. Tassone, D. M. Delongchamp, G. G. Malliaras, "Structural Control of Ionic and Electronic Transport in Conducting Polymer Films" Nature Communications 2016 DOI:10.1038/ncomms11287
  • S. Inal, G. G. Malliaras, J. Rivnay, "Optical Study of Electrochromic Moving Fronts for the Investigation of Mixed Conduction in Conducting Polymers" Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2016 DOI: 10.1039/C5TC04354A
  • M. D. Wan, S. Inal, T. Williams, K. Wang, P. Leleux, L. Estevez,  E. P. Giannelis, C. Fischbach, G. G. Malliaras, D. Gourdon, "3D Conducting Polymer Platforms for Electrical Control of Protein Conformation and Cellular Functions", Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2015, 3, 5040
  • Williamson, J. Rivnay, L. Kergoat, A. Jonsson, S. Inal, I. Uguz, M. Ferro, A. Ivanov, D.T. Simon, M. Berggren, G.G. Malliaras, C. Bernard, "Controlling Epileptiform Activity with Organic Electronic Ion Pumps", Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 3138.
  • ​S. Inal, J. Rivnay, P. Leleux, M. Ferro, M. Ramuz, J. C. Brendel, M. Schmidt, M. Thelakkat, G. G. Malliaras "High Transconductance Accumulation Mode Electrochemical Transistor", Advanced Materials 2014, 26, 7450.A. Savva, S. Wustoni,
  •  A. Savva, S. Wustoni, S. Inal "Ionic-to-Electronic Coupling Efficiency in PEDOT:PSS Films Operated in Aqueous Electrolytes", Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2018 DOI: 10.1039/c8tc02195cS.

  • A.M. Pappa, D. Ohayon, A. Giovannitti, I. P. Maria, A. Savva, I. Uguz, J. Rivnay, I. McCulloch, R. Owens, S. Inal "Direct metabolite detection with an n-type accumulation mode organic electrochemical transistor", Science Advances 2018, 4 (6), eaat0911.

  • S. Wustoni, A. Savva, R. Sun, E. Bihar, S. Inal, "Enzyme‐Free Detection of Glucose with a Hybrid Conductive Gel Electrode" Advanced Materials Interfaces 2018

  • J. Rivnay, S. Inal, R. M. Owens, A. Salleo, M. Berggren, G. G. Malliaras, "Organic Electrochemical Transistors", Nature Review Materials 20183, 17086.

  • Y. Zhang, A. Savva, S. Wustoni, A. Hama, I. P. Maria, A. Giovannitti, I. McCulloch, S. Inal "Visualizing the Solid–Liquid Interface of Conjugated Copolymer Films Using Fluorescent Liposomes", ACS Applied Bio Materials20181 (5), pp 1348–1354