Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: nanoparticle based thin film sensors; nanocomposite films; materials and tools for bio-nano devices, systems


During his PhD in Nebraska, Professor Vivek Maheshwari developed a nanoparticle based thin film tactile sensor with capabilities on par with human skin and worked on its application as a tumor sensor for breast cancer.

Maheshwari’s research interests include synthesis and assembly of nanomaterials, ion based devices, 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, using nanoscale viscoelasticity.

Maheshwari joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in June 2009. He was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, from 2007-2009. He received his PhD from Virginia Tech. During this time, he developed a technique for self-assembly of nanoparticles, resulting in a room temperature single electron sensitive device. His research during MS was on rheology of polymer and the use and development of rheo-optical methods to study characteristics of polymer melts and role of tacticity on polymer characteristics.


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007

  • Ms, Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2001

  • BTech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1998

Vivek Maheshwari

University of Waterloo