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Research interests

Ajay Kottapalli’s research group focuses on nature-inspired micro/nano sensors, biomimetic materials and sensors, micro/nano electro mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), nanofabrication, flexible electronics,biomedical sensors, 2D sensing materials, TENG/PENG energy harvesting etc. A key aspect of his research work is to develop MEMS/NEMS sensors with ultrahigh sensitivity and accuracy by imbibing designs of biological sensors in nature. We implement the biological sensory designs in artificial MEMS/NEMS sensors by mimicking the sensing principle, morphology, material properties and functionality to fabricate sensors with ultra-sensitive sensing abilities. Our research primarily aims to develop artificial nanosensors that integrate nature-inspired biological sensing phenomena with novel soft polymer materials and 2D sensing materials to achieve ultrasensitive sensors. Various applications of such sensors in biomedical sensing and healthcare devices are explored in a pursuit for preventive maintenance, bringing healthcare home and safe clinical practices.


Ultralightweight and 3D Squeezable Graphene-Polydimethylsiloxane Composite Foams as Piezoresistive Sensors

Bioinspired Cilia Sensors with Graphene Sensing Elements Fabricated Using 3D Printing and Casting

Biomimetic hydrogel-CNT network induced enhancement of fluid-structure interactions for ultrasensitive nanosensors

From Biological Cilia to Artificial Flow Sensors: Biomimetic Soft Polymer Nanosensors with High Sensing Performance

Fish-inspired self-powered microelectromechanical flow sensor with biomimetic hydrogel cupula

Flexible liquid crystal polymer-based electrochemical sensor for in-situ detection of zinc(II) in seawater

Sensing the flow beneath the fins

Artificial fish skin of self-powered micro-electromechanical systems hair cells for sensing hydrodynamic flow phenomena

MEMS sensors for assessing flow-related control of an underwater biomimetic robotic stingray

Insights into the aspect ratio effects of ordered mesoporous carbon on the electrochemical performance of sulfur cathode in lithium-sulfur batteries

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MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award

Regulating IV infusion with innovative blind cave fish-inspired sensor

Whiskers: seals are an example of perfect technique

Sencilia BV, RUG spin-off from Bioinspired MEMS and Biomedical Sensors (BMBD) Research group

Wavy whiskers of wonders

The Smart Sensors of Kottapalli - By Touch

Skin-inspired sensors help measure and understand mobility

Wearable Sensors in Fabric May Help Monitor Disease Progression

Skin-inspired sensors show how our body moves

Skin-inspired sensors show how our body moves

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