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Research Activities: Dr. Mahaveer Kurkuri

Research Activities & About the Group

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are emerging areas of research which have convinced many scientists across the globe for the construction or modification of materials at a molecular level, by which tremendous improvements in the product's performance is envisaged. The nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary research area where biologists, chemists, physicists, material scientists work together to achieve a common goal. There has already been many improvements due to nanotechnology, some of the products have seen commercial success in cosmetics, textiles, materials (ex: nanoscale coatings of Ag nano particles on LG refrigeration products), high strength composites, electronics industries are few to mention here, nevertheless there are lot more areas where the potential of nanotechnology has not yet been exploited.

In our group, we would like to adopt nature's brilliance to solve some of the current problems: we are exploring the application of such nano-biotechnology in material science and Biology where the interaction of biomolecules on the substrate is studied to develop better biosensing platforms, microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip type of devices, drug delivery systems etc.


CTC capturing strategies in microfluidic devices


Development of Long Range Surface Plasmon Resonance

We encourage interested candidates from School children to PhD scholars to come and experience our nano-bio and related sciences.

The contamination of water is threatening to the entire world including humans and animals. The major sources of contamination are industrial wastes, the major contaminants in water are cations and anions. If these ions in drinking water reaches above their permissible limit several untreatable diseases will evolve. Thus, detection and removal of these ions (cations and/or anions) is very essential and challenging task for scientific community. Conventional methods to detect and remove these ions are expensive and laborious work to perform. In this regard, design and synthesis of novel organic receptors for the colorimetric detection of ions and further to immobilize these receptor on solid substrates to remove the ions from water is an interesting area of research. Herein, our group is focusing on to design and develop greener and more efficient organic receptors to detect and remove ions from aqueous media colorimetrically. Further, as practical applications we are trying to develop simple and cost effective devices which can be used in remote areas.


The reusable fluoride ions detection kit using naturally available receptor which can detect down to 1 ppm of fluoride ions in aqueous media.

Current research activities include:

Being amazed how nanotechnology can change the way we do the things, our interests are to address some of the critical problems in Biomedical, Separation Science, Materials Science and Environment relying heavily on interdisciplinary approach. Cancer being one of the major current threats to human life, our focus is to develop biosensing platforms for the diagnosis and prognosis of the cancer disease. As microfluidics technology offers unprecedented advantages of manipulating and handling liquids at micro/nano-litre scale, our interest lies in designing and fabricating of novel microchannels, synthesis of nanomaterials for applications in biosensing and drug delivery, separation science etc.

Our specific focus is on

  • Capturing CTCs (Circulating Tumor Cells) in microfluidic formats
  • Nano scale surface modification for biomolecular array
  • Water and Soil: Testing and Remediation
  • Biosensing techniques
  • Lab-on-a-chip type of devices

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