University of Glasgow, UK
Dr. Libu Manjakkal
Dr. Libu Manjakkal received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in physics from Calicut University, and Mahatma Gandhi University, India. From 2009 to 2012 he was worked as a Project Staff in two R&D projects (piezoelectric actuators and transparent conductive oxide films) at Center for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Thrissur, India. In 2012, three months, he was with CEMOP/UNINOVA, New University of Lisbon, Portugal as Researcher. From 2012 to 2015, Libu was as an Early Stage Researcher Fellow in the framework of Marie Curie ITN Program within the SENSEIVER Project at Institute of Electron Technology (ITE), Krakow, Poland. During this Marie Curie program, in 2015, he received Ph.D. (Hons.) degree in Electronic Engineering from ITE, Poland. During the period of ITN project, Libu was a 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). After completing Ph.D. from 2015 to 2016, he continued in ITE as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the field of flexible gas and pH sensors. From June 2016 to September 2016, he worked as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in an ITN project CONTEST at University of Glasgow, UK. After finishing this project he continue in the same group as a Research Assistant (October 2016- June 2018) within the EPSRC Project PRINTSKIN. From July/2018 Libu working as an Research Associate in the same group in University of Glasgow in a project related to development of printable sensor tags for environmental and food quality monitoring funding by EU projects such as North West Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NW CAM) and AQUASENSE ITN. In AQUASENSE Marie Curie ITN project, he working as a Scientific Project Manager.
Since 2009, he have been investigating new functional materials synthesis based on metal oxides, ceramics, graphene/graphite, and polymers , and their studies (structural, morphological, electrical, optical, electrochemical properties) for new high-performance electrodes (thick film/thin film technologies) to fabricate energy storage, sensors, actuators and optoelectronic devices on rigid/flexible/stretchable substrates. The major devices he developed during these periods are (i) flexible supercapacitors (ii) electrochemical sensors (iii) energy autonomus self-powered system for water quality monitoring and healthcare applications (iv) transparent conductive oxide (TCO) film and transistors (v) piezoelectric multi-layer actuators and (vi) low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) based sensors.
Libu published near 30 journal papers, more than 10 peer-reviewed conference papers, and contributed in more than 15 international/national conferences, and many oral presentations in Marie Curie’s project meetings/workshops. He is currently leading a Royal Academy of Engineering Seed Funding project (£30K) related circular economy in collaboration with partners from Glasgow, India and South Africa. In recognition with his contribution to the SENSEIVER project, the European Commission shortlisted for the 2014 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions awards in the “Promising Research Talent” category. Further, his leadership in material synthesis and sensors was recognized by the Polish Ministry of Higher Education through shortlisted in the award of Outstanding Young Scientists Scholarship-2016. In 2018, received ELEKTRA Award in the best UK University Research category- by Electronics weekly. In addition to this, he also bagged many best papers award during the conference presentations and “Academic Excellence” during Master degree.