Manuel La Torre Poueymirou

MIT Department: Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus
Faculty Mentor: Xuanhe Zhao
Research Supervisor: Hyunwoo Yuk, Jue Deng
Website: LinkedIn 
Twitter: @ManuelJLaTorre1

2019 Research Poster


I was born and raised in the tropical island of Puerto Rico located in the Caribbean, which measures around 100×35 nautical miles. I am an undergraduate student form the University of Puerto Rico ‚Rio Piedras Campus, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology along with additional studies in Electronics Engineering. My research experience goes from Ecology, Biophysics, Cellular and Molecular Biology to Electrophysiology and Pharmacology. My research interests are strongly related to the field of medical device development, especially in the fields of Neuro Electronics and Electrophysiology. However, I have great interests in the performance of interdisciplinary research. I’m committed in pursuing an MD-PhD focused in development of mediators between the human nervous system and robotics, planning to eliminate the barriers that exists between machine and biology. I enjoy reading, watching movies, swimming, running, designing, playing the mandolin, and especially meeting new people.

2019 Research Abstract

Given the recent demand in tissue-like materials in the field of soft materials and bioelectronics seeking biocompatibility in medical devices, we have been inspired to pursue achieving wearable or implantable non-degradable hydrogel electronic devices. The fabrication of these electronics being assessed with organic-conductive materials that prevail in biological systems owed to their tissue-like properties. Materials like, poly 3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene: polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT: PSS) have shown promising efficiency with a conductivity varying around 500 S∙m-1 in dry state, and 50 S∙m-1 in wet state. However, wirelessly powering materials like PEDOT: PSS has not yet been assessed. With this project, we intend to power 3D printed PEDOT: PSS circuit patterns through wireless inductive coupling. Wireless inductive coupling is a promising wireless charging method in our current electronics industry and thought as a feasible method in charging wearable or implantable hydrogel electronics, given the commitment of surgery when charging implantable medical devices. Nonetheless, due to the high demand for soft and flexible devices increases in our modern-day technology, the applications of these proposed methods and use of materials are not tied to their medical applicability in devices for treatment or diagnosis, rather committed to a broader spectrum of advancement in the general electronics industry. The lack of biocompatibility and high conductive circuitry materials is greatly limited in the application of wireless charging in vivo. With this project, we intend to break these existing limitations and advance technology in the interfaces between humans and machines.