George Malliaras

2007 Regional Award Winner — Faculty

George Malliaras

Current Position:
Professor and Head of Department of Bioelectronics

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St. Etienne

Materials Science & Nanotechnology

Recognized for: Application of organic electronics to the interface with life sciences

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise: Bioelectronics, neural engineering, biosensors


BS, Physics, Aristotle University, Greece
PhD, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

George Malliaras is interested in the interfacing of electronics and biology. His research group is using organic electronic devices to engineer high quality brain interfaces that record and stimulate neurons in a minimally invasive and multi-modal (electrical, biochemical, etc.) manner. Such devices have applications in helping understand how the brain works and in the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies such as epilepsy and Parkinson's.

After his two year postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center in California, Dr. Malliaras joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. From 2006 to 2009 he served as the Lester B. Knight Director of the Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility.  Dr. Malliaras subsequently moved to the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne in France where he chairs the Department of Bioelectronics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves as an associate editor for Science Advances.

"I am delighted, honored, and humbled to receive the Blavatnik Award, which I owe to the hard work of my students – they have been a constant source of energy and inspiration for me." 

Key Publications:

  1. J. Rivnay, P. Leleux, M. Ferro, M. Sessolo, A. Williamson, D.A. Koutsouras, D. Khodagholy, M. Ramuz, X. Strakosas, R.M. Owens, C. Benar, J.-M. Badier, C. Bernard, and G.G. Malliaras. High Performance Transistors for Bioelectronics Through Tuning of Channel Thickness. Sci. Adv. 2015
  2. D. Khodagholy, J. Rivnay, M. Sessolo, M. Gurfinkel, P. Leleux, L.H. Jimison, E. Stavrinidou, T. Herve, S. Sanaur, R.M. Owens, and G.G. Malliaras. High transconductance organic electrochemical transistors. Nature Comm. 2013
  3. D. Khodagholy, T. Doublet, P. Quilichini, M. Gurfinkel, P. Leleux, A. Ghestem, E. Ismailova, T. Herve, S. Sanaur, C. Bernard, and G.G. Malliaras. In vivo recordings of brain activity using organic transistors. Nature Comm. 2013

Other Honors:

2000 NSF Career Award
2005 DuPont Young Professor Award
2010 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

In the Media:

Mysterious Brain Circuitry Becomes Viewable. The Wall Street Journal. April 23, 2013