Dr Libu Manjakkal
- Research Associate (Electronic & Nanoscale Engineering)
Libu Manjakkal is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group at the University of Glasgow. He received a B.Sc. degree in physics from Calicut University in Kerala (India) in 2006 and a M.Sc. degree in physics from Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala (India) in 2008. He received a Ph.D. (Hons.) degree in Electronic Engineering from Institute of Electron Technology (ITE) in Warsaw (Poland) in 2015 in the frame work of Marie Curie Program. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled as “Investigation of Potentiometric and Conductimetric Metal Oxide Based pH Sensors Fabricated in Thick Film and LTCC Technology and Their Application in Wireless Monitoring Systems.”
He has actively participated in multidisciplinary research projects including wearable/flexible devices, supercapacitors, electrochemical pH and gas sensors, piezoelectric actuators and transparent conductive oxide films and transistors. From 2009 to 2012 he was involved in two research and development projects at the Center for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Thrissur, India. In 2012, three months, he was with CEMOP/UNINOVA, New University of Lisbon, Portugal. From 2012 to 2015, he was as an Early Stage Researcher Fellow in the framework of Marie Curie ITN Program within the SENSEIVER Project, ITE. From 2015 to 2016, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with ITE. From June 2016 to September 2016, he was a Marie Curie experienced researcher at this group and currently working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow within the EPSRC Project PRINTSKIN. In addition to this he was visiting researcher at Sensor and Actuator Systems Technical University Vienna, Austria (February-March, 2015), Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia (July-2014) and NORTH Point Ltd. Subotica, Republic of Serbia (August 2014). He is a member of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society Poland Chapter.
He authored/co-authored morthan 30 papers and contributed in 14 international/national conferences (12 posters and 2 oral presentations), and 9 oral presentations in Marie Curie’s project meetings/workshops. His research work was recognized by European Union Marie Curie action by including him in the 10 shortlisted candidate of “Promising Research Talent” category in 2014 and Polish Ministry of higher education by listing “Outstanding Young Scientists Scholarship Award” in 2016.
Wearable systems have recently attracted significant attention due to numerous applications including health monitiong and defence applications. In wearable systems, energy storaging/harvesting devices and sensors are key. As a result of this, his focus on electrochemical supercapacitors and sensors taking special attention and provides him a solid background to embark on developing solutions for future societal needs for health monitoring, pollution monitoring and energy technology. Below briefly explained few key parts of his research track:
- Flexible supercapacitors based on carbon based composites and nanostructred metal oxides
- Flexible and rigid pH and gas sensors using nano- and micro-structred metal oxides.
- Transparent conductive oxide film and transistiors for optoelectronics applications
- Piezoelectric multilayer actuators and bimorph actuators
- Low temperature cofired ceramic (LTTC) technology for 3D microlectronics applications
- He is an expert in multidisciplinary fields including physics,material science, chemistry and engineering:
- He involved in material synthesis including binary oxides (based on RuO2, Ta2O5, SnO2 and TiO2), ABO3 Perovskite based materials, Al doped ZnO, Sn doped ZnO, CuAlO2, Ga-Sn-Zn-O film, PZT-PZN composition for electroceramics.
- His key expertise in fabrication of devices are based on screen printing thick film technology and solution processed thin film technology. Based on thick film technology, he developed potentiometric, conductimetric and chemi-resistive based electrochemical sensors.
- His present work is concentrated on flexible supercapacitors, energy storage devices and electrochemical biosensors.
Role – PI;
Funding Agency – Royal Academy of Engineering; Circular Economy Seed Fund
Grant Amount – ~£30K
Current students :
- Kate Dalzell (MVLS M.Sc Student, 2018): Multi-sensor for sweat monitoring
- Lei Dang (M.Sc Student, 2018): Triboelectric energy generation
- Carles Llavina Pascual [collaborate with MVLS] : Field of study: Electrochemical sensors for bimedical application
- Guanbo Min : Field of study: Triboelectric energy generation
- Master/Bachelor degree, C-MET Thrissur, in the field of transparent conducting oxide thin film fabrication and characterizations (2011-2012)
- Fabrication and characterization of pH sensors 2015, ITE Poland
- Remedial Coaching classes for graduate students at St.Stephen’s College Uzhavoor, Kottayam, Kerala, India (during my M.Sc. Course, 2006-2008).
- Private Coaching Centres: Kerala, India, Undergraduate and high school students, Part time (2005-2011)
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