Our research interest is on developing low-cost biodegradable devices by investigating the electronic and surface properties of biological materials. Currently, we are working on the following two projects.
Plants have parts such as stems and leaves which possess a diverse set of morphology. We are currently investigating charge transport mechanisms in plant parts. The charges could either be intrinsic to those parts or due to the presence of artificially introduced conducting polymers. With this, and by taking advantage of their architecture, we are working on developing plant-based electronic devices that could potentially serve as the low-cost biodegradable alternatives for the ever-growing sector of use-and-throw electronics.
Nanowires, nanotubes, and other nanostructures from peptides rich in aromatic amino acids can serve as a sustainable alternative to nanoelectronics based on polymers and inorganic materials. We are working on learning more about the electronic, mechanical, and surface properties of these materials and their potential application for developing low-cost biodegradable and biocompatible electronic devices.