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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.

Education/Academic qualification



Award Date: 10-Oct-2013

Principal Research Scientist, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology


Research Scientist, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology


Postdoctoral Researcher, Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology


Assistant Professor, University of Groningen

1-Feb-2018 → …

External positions

Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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