Vivek Maheshwari

Vivek Maheshwari
Associate Professor
Location: QNC 5619
Phone: 519-888-4567 x38885


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.

Research Interests

  • Cell-inorganic composites
  • Multi-functional materials and devices
  • Nanoscale electrodes
  • Wearable sensors
  • Composite membranes
  • Quantum Materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Biomaterials, Polymers and Bioplastics
  • Energy Materials
  • Smart and Functional Materials
  • Next Generation Energy Systems
  • Nanomaterials
  • Renewable Energy
  • Photonics


  • 2007 Ph.D., Chemistry, Virginia Tech, USA
  • 2002 M.Sc., Chemistry, Wayne State University, USA
  • 1998 B.Sc., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, India


  • 2015 Early Researcher Award, Province of Ontario
  • 2006 Nominee for the World Technology Network Award


  • 2010-2011 and 2014-present, Science Faculty Council, representative for Department of Chemistry
  • 2013-present, Department of Chemistry Executive Committee
  • 2010-15 Class Professor for the Nanotechnology Engineering class of 2015

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Member, Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Member, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology


  • MNS 102 - Techniques for Materials and Nanosciences
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2024
  • NE 226 - Characterization of Materials
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
  • NE 466 - Tactile Sensors and Transducers
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • NE 469 - Special Topics in Micro and Nano-instrumentation
    • Taught in 2019, 2020

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Saraf, Rohit, and Vivek Maheshwari. "PbI2 Initiated Cross-Linking and Integration of a Polymer Matrix with Perovskite Films: 1000 h Operational Devices under Ambient Humidity and Atmosphere and with Direct Solar Illumination." ACS Applied Energy Materials 2, no. 3 (2019): 2214-2222.
  • Saraf, Rohit, Ting Tsui, and Vivek Maheshwari. "Modulation of mechanical properties and stable light energy harvesting by poling in polymer integrated perovskite films: a wide range, linear and highly sensitive tactile sensor." Journal of Materials Chemistry A 7, no. 23 (2019): 14192-14198.
  • Zhao, Yilin, Yawen Wang, Avi Mathur, Yaoqiang Wang, Vivek Maheshwari, Haijia Su, and Juewen Liu. "Fluoride-capped nanoceria as a highly efficient oxidase-mimicking nanozyme: inhibiting product adsorption and increasing oxygen vacancies." Nanoscale 11, no. 38 (2019): 17841-17850.
  • Guruprasad, Venkatesh S., and Vivek Maheshwari. "Magnetic nano-nets for capture of microbes in solution based on physical contact." Journal of colloid and interface science 535 (2019): 33-40.
  • 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.


  • “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

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