ICOregon Feature Story: 

Patent granted for UO-led effort on fractal-based nerve connections

Richard Taylor, a professor of physics and director of the University of Oregon Materials Science Institute, has a vision of using artificial fractal-based implants to restore sight to the blind — part of a far-reaching concept that won an innovation award this year from the White House — that is now covered under a broad U.S. patent. Fractals are objects with irregular curves or shapes. "They are a trademark building block of nature," said Taylor, who raised the idea of a fractal-based approach to treat eye diseases in a 2011 article in Physics World, writing that it could overcome problems associated with efforts to insert photodiodes behind the eyes. Read more...

 

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Prof. Richard Taylor

Prof. Richard Taylor