Dr Madhu Bhaskaran

Position

Senior Research Fellow

School /
Work Unit

Electrical and Computer Eng

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 0441

madhu.bhaskaran@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 12
Level: 8
Room: 14

City Campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering & Health

Madhu Bhaskaran

Qualifications

  • 2009 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Electronic Materials Engineering), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2005 – Master of Engineering (M.Eng., Microelectronics Engineering), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2004 – Bachelor of Engineering (B.E., Electronic and Communication Engineering), P.S.G. College of Technology, Coimbatore, India

Positions

With the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University:

  • 2012-Current – Senior Research Fellow and ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2010-11 – Research Fellow and ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2009 – Research Fellow

Key activities

Devices Technologies and Micro-Fabrication

  • Fabrication techniques: cleanroom processing, photolithography, wet and dry etching
  • Semiconductors: silicon microelectronics, ohmic contacts
  • Micro-systems: silicon MEMS, bulk micro-machining

Electronic Materials Processing

  • Electronic materials: silicides, piezoelectrics, conductors, oxide conductors
  • Thin film processing: deposition, micro-fabrication, synthesis
  • Materials characterisation: electron microscopy, diffraction, spectroscopy

Course Coordination and Teaching

  • Electronic Materials (EEET2148/EEET2260)
  • Advances and Applications of Micro-and Nano-Technologies (EEET2151)

Fellowships, scholarships, and awards

  • 2014 – Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award
  • 2012 – Early Career Researcher International Travel Award from the RMIT University ECR Network
  • 2011 – Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Emerging Researcher
  • 2011 – RMIT Research Media Star Award
  • 2011 – The Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2011 – The CASS Foundation Early-Career Researcher (ECR) Travel Grant
  • 2010-2014 – Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • 2009 – Early Career Researcher Travel Grant from the ARC Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials (ARNAM)
  • 2009 – 'Best Poster Prize' – Symposium L of the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) at Singapore
  • 2007 – 'Best Poster Prize' – Symposium J of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Fall Meeting 2007 at Warsaw
  • 2007 – Travel scholarship from Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) to attend the E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007
  • 2006 – Travel scholarship from SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • 2006-2009 – International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) from the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)

Professional involvement

Membership of professional societies

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN, formerly ARCNN)
  • Australian Ceramic Society

Editorial roles

  • Book Editor, CRC Press
  • Guest Editor, Sensor Letters (Special Issue for IMCS-13)

Reviewer for competitive research funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) – Discovery Projects , Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grants
  • National Council for Scientific Research (Romania) – Exploratory Research Projects, Joint Applied Research Projects
  • New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment – Investment rounds

Reviewer for international scientific journals

  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • Journal of Electronic Materials
  • Thin Solid Films
  • Micron
  • Electrochemical and Solid State Letters
  • European Physical Journal B
  • Journal of Materials Science
  • Physica B
  • IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
  • Surface and Coatings Technology
  • Applied Surface Science
  • IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
  • Materials Science and Engineering B
  • International Journal of Physical Sciences
  • Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
  • Journal of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Micro and Nano Letters
  • Materials Research Bulletin
  • Materials
  • Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
  • Current Nanoscience
  • CrystEngComm
  • ECS Solid State Letters
  • Nanoscale Research Letters
  • Materials Letters
  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Conference Organisation

Research publications

Disciplines

Electronic engineering, materials engineering, materials science, physical sciences, multidisciplinary sciences, device engineering, sensor technology

Publication summary

6 book chapters, 57 journal articles, 25 conference proceedings, and 5 other publications – total of 93

Representative publications

  • Bhaskaran, M., Sriram, S., Iniewski, K. “Energy Harvesting with Functional Materials and Microsystems”, CRC Press (2013)
  • S. Balendhran, S. Walia, M. Alsaif, E. P. Nguyen, J. Z. Ou, S. Zhuiykov, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran, and K. Kalantar-zadeh, “Field effect biosensing platform based on 2D α-MoO3”, ACS Nano Article ASAP (2013). [doi: 10.1021/nn403241f]
  • P. Gutruf, C. M. Shah, S. Walia, H. Nili, A. S. Zoolfakar, C. Karnutsch, K. Kalantar-zadeh, S. Sriram, and M. Bhaskaran, “Transparent functional oxide stretchable electronics: Micro-tectonics enabled high strain electrodes”, NPG Asia Mater. (2013) [doi 10.1038/am.2013.41]
  • S. Balendhran, S. Walia, H. Nili, J. Z. Ou, S. Zhuiykov, R. B. Kaner, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran, and K. Kalantar-zadeh, “Two-dimensional molybdenum trioxide and dichalcogenides”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 23 3952 (2013) [doi 10.1002/adfm.201300125]
  • J. Li, C. M. Shah, W. Withayachumnankul, B. S.-Y. Ung, A. Mitchell, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran, S. Chang, and D. Abbott, “Mechanically tunable terahertz metamaterials”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102 121101 (2013)
  • S. Balendhran, J. Deng, J. Z. Ou, S. Walia, J. Scott, J. Tang, K. L. Wang, M. R. Field, S. P. Russo, S. Zhuiykov, M. S. Strano, N. Medhekar, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran, and K. Kalantar-zadeh, “Enhanced charge carrier mobility in two-dimensional high dielectric molybdenum oxide”, Adv. Mater. 25 109 (2013) [doi 10.1002/adma.201203346]
  • H. Nili, K. Kalantar-zadeh, M. Bhaskaran, and S. Sriram, “In situ nanoindentation: Probing nanoscale multifunctionality”, Prog. Mater. Sci. 58 1 (2013) [doi 10.1016/j.pmatsci.2012.08.001]
  • S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran, S. Chen, S. Jayawardhana, P. R. Stoddart, J. Z. Liu, N. V. Medhekar, K. Kalantar-Zadeh, and A. Mitchell, “Influence of electric field on SERS: Frequency effects, intensity changes, and susceptible bonds”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 4646 (2012) [doi 10.1021/ja208893q]
  • M. Bhaskaran, S. Sriram, B. J. Rodriguez, G. C. Devendra, K. Latham, D. G. McCulloch, and A. Mitchell, “Lattice guiding for sputter deposition of single domain (Sr0.6Ba0.4)Nb2O6 ferroelectric thin films”, CrystEngComm 14 359 (2012) [doi 10.1039/C1CE06112G]
  • M. Bhaskaran, S. Sriram, S. Ruffell, and A. Mitchell, “Nanoscale characterisation of energy generation from piezoelectric thin films”, Adv. Funct. Mater.  21 2251 (2011) [doi 10.1002/adfm.201002663]
  • M. Bhaskaran, S. Sriram, and A. S. Holland, “Accurate estimation of low (<10-8 Ωcm2) values of specific contact resistivity”, IEEE Electron Dev. Lett. 29 259 (2008) [doi 10.1109/LED.2007.915378]

Full list of publications can be found in the RMIT Research Repository.

Research grant funding

Year(s)

Scheme

Amount

2014-16

ARC Discovery Project (DP140100170)

$270,000

2014

ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilitites Grant (LE140100104)

$500,000

2014

Malcolm Moore Industry Research Grant

$29,164

2013

RMIT University Electrical and Computer Engineering Seed Grant

$15,000

2013

RMIT University Electrical and Computer Engineering Seed Grant

$15,000

2013

ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities Grant (LE130100090)

$700,000

2012-13

Ramaciotti Award (Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation)

$75,000

2012-13

CSIRO Flagship Cluster Grant

$50,000

2012

ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities Grant (LE120100004)

$470,000

2010-13

ARC Discovery Project (DP1092717) with Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship  

$305,000

2010-12

ARC Linkage Project (LP100100696)   

$279,215

2010

RMIT University Electrical and Computer Engineering Seed Grant

$20,000

2010

RMIT University Electrical and Computer Engineering Seed Grant  

$20,000

2010

RMIT University Emerging Researcher Grant   

$19,000

2009

RMIT University Electrical and Computer Engineering Seed Grant  

$24,500

2009

RMIT University Electrical and Computer Engineering Seed Grant  

$23,000

2009

RMIT University Science-Engineering-Health Research Seed Grant  

$20,000

2008

The CASS Foundation, Victoria, Australia (SM/07/1508)   

$23,000

2008

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINGRA08124P)   

$16,000

2008

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINGRA08033)   

$15,500

2007

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINGRA07071P)   

$13,000

2007

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINGRA07070P)   

$14,500

2006

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINGRA06234)

$10,500

2006

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINGRA06233)

$10,000

Research in the media

2013

2012

2011

June-August had significant coverage of research on piezoelectric energy generation, with work featuring on TV, >7 radio stations, >30 media outlets, and >900 websites. A few examples are:

2010

2009