Vivek Maheshwari carries out research in nanotechnology. His research interests include synthesis and assembly of 3-D nanomaterials and membranes, nanoelectrodes, energy harnessing and cellular electronics. The aim is to develop materials for application in new electronic devices, sensors and integration of cells with an electronic interface. He is also working on making dynamic sensors and using nanoscale viscoelasticity.
- Cell-inorganic composites
- Multi-functional materials and devices
- Nanoscale electrodes
- Wearable sensors
- Composite membranes
Vivek Maheshwari's research focus is on synthesis and assembly of nano-materials. The aim is to develop materials with properties that present applications in development of new electronic devices, sensors and integration of cells with an electronic interface. This presents a threefold challenge: synthesis and assembly of nano material, interfacing of the material to build devices and cellular electronics and finally testing and analysis of the devices for further research and applications.
Recent course offerings have included topics in micro and nanoinstruments, polyelectrolytes, tactile sensors, material characterization and processes at micro nano scales.
Recent publications include
V.S. Guruprasad, V. Maheshwari; “Magnetic nano-nets for capture of microbes in solution based on physical contact”, J. Colloid Interf. Sci., 535, 33-40, 2019.
R. Saraf, V. Maheshwari; “Self-Powered Photodetector Based on Electric-Field-Induced Effects in MAPbI3 Perovskite with Improved Stability”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 10, 25, 21066-21072, 2018.
R. Saraf, L. Pu,V. Maheshwari; “A Light Harvesting, Self-Powered Monolith Tactile Sensor Based on Electric Field Induced Effects in MAPbI3 Perovskite”, Adv. Mater., 30, 1705778, 2018.
L. Pu, R. Saraf,V. Maheshwari; “Bio-inspired interlocking random 3-D structures for tactile and thermal sensing”, Sci. Rep., 7:5834, 2017.
A.A. Alhadhrami, S. Salgado, V. Maheshwari; “Thermal reduction to control the spacing in graphene oxide membranes: Effect on ion diffusion and electrical conduction”, RSC Adv., 6, 70012-70017, 2016.
B. Liu,^ S. Salgado,^ V. Maheshwari,* J. Liu,* “DNA adsorbed on graphene and graphene oxide: Fundamental interactions, desorption and applications”, Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci., 26, 41-49, 2016. (^ equal contribution, * corresponding author). Invited Review article.
- “Fabrication of ultra-long necklace of nanoparticles”, R.F. Saraf, S. Niu, V. Berry, V. Maheshwari; Patent No. 7749561 Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln.
- “Artificial Sensors and Methods of Manufacture There of”, M. Baig, H. Gao, K.C. Tam, V. Maheshwari, X. Wu; Provisional US Patent filed
Awards and Distinctions
- Early researcher award, 2015
- Nominee for 2006 World Technology Award, 2006
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Member of the Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Professional Associations and Service
Science Faculty Council, representative for Department of Chemistry, 2010-2011, 2014-present
Department of Chemistry executive committee, 2013-present
Class Professor for the Nanotechnology Engineering class of 2015, 2010-2015.
The following news story features Vivek Maheshwari's research:
Thursday, June 18, 2015: Researchers receive prestigious research awards
2007 Ph.D., Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA, U.S.A.
2002 M.Sc., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, U.S.A.
1998 B.Sc., Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India