Libu Manjakkal

Biography

Dr Libu Manjakkal is a Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University's School of Computing and Engineering and the Built Environment. He received B.Sc., and M.Sc. degrees in physics from Calicut University and Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Institute of Electron Technology (ITE), Poland (currently known as - Łukasiewicz Research Network - Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics), in 2015 with Marie Curie Fellowship. Before joining PhD, from 2009 to 2012, he was with CMET, Thrissur, India as a Project Staff and short term at 2012 he worked as a researcher in CENIMAT, School of Science and Technology , FCT NOVA, Portugal. After completing Ph.D. from 2015 to 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher with ITE. In 2016, he joined in University of Glasgow, UK as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher and later has been a working as a Research Assistant in an EPSRC project until 2018. Since 2018 -2022 he is a Research Associate in same University. He is also working in the role of Scientific Project Manager in a Marie Curie ITN Project AQUASENSE.

He has authored/co-authored 65+ peer reviewed articles in high impact journals including Advanced Materials, Progress in Material Science, Nano Energy, Advanced Science, etc. Libu’s research achievements have been recognized by several credible agencies and institutes. He was shortlisted for important awards such as by the European Commission for Marie Curie Awards in the “Promising Research Talent” category and “Outstanding Young Scientists Scholarship Award” from the Polish Ministry of higher education. BBC Science Focus Magazine selected sweat based supercapacitor work as one of the “Future technology: 22 ideas about to change our world”-July/2020 and in 2018, the work on graphene foam-based supercapacitor received ELEKTRA award in the best UK University research category. His multiple works in the area of electrochemical sensors and energy storage selected as a most downloaded article in different journals.

Dr. Manjakkal is an active member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and was member in International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society Poland chapter (2015- 2020). He acted as a Guest editor in IEEE Internet of Things Journal and Biosensors Journal. His research products were attracted to display in many trade fairs, public engagement activities and INNOVATIVE ICURe grant.
Dr. Manjakkal currently building his new research group on energy autonomous sensing system through electrochemical technology. His major research interest are
-Advanced functional materials synthesis,
-Printed electrodes and sustainable electronics
- Electrochemical and biosensors,
-Gas sensors,
-Transparent electronics,
-Ceramic actuators,
-Energy storage devices (batteries and supercapacitors),
- Wearable sensors and energy storage devices,
- Environmental pollution monitoring
- Healthcare monitoring devices.

Research Areas

Events

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Conference Organising Activity

  • Organiser- International Conference on Advnaces in Functional Materials and Coatings (ICAFMC-2024)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor- Results in Engineering Journal, ELSEVIER
  • Guest Editor- Special Issue -Results in Engineering - Topic: Electrochemical Sensors for Environmental and Healthcare Applications: Materials and Methods
  • Guest Editor- Biosensors Journal- Special Issue
  • Guest/Associate Editor- IEEE Internet of Things Journal

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Studnet Award (Mustehsan Beg-PhD) SCEBE- “Best Postgraduate Research Paper Award of 2023” for our work
  • 2024 RINENG Young Investigator Award
  • Listed in top 2% cited September 2023 data-update for "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators"”, Mendeley Data.
  • Listed in top 2% cited September 2022 data-update for "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators"”, Mendeley Data.
  • The second place for a "ceramic film with a low dielectric constant"- Polish Patent, during Eureka Awards Gala! DGP – Polish inventions
  • Top downloaded research article (among 10) in 2019-2020- Advanced Materials
  • BBC Science Focus Magazine selected sweat based supercapacitor work on “Future technology: 22 ideas about to change our world”-
  • Top downloaded research article- Advanced Science Journal.
  • ELEKTRA Award
  • Short listed in Outstanding Young Scientists Scholarship Award
  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Position-2016
  • Cash Award: Distinction (Hons.) grade for Ph.D. Thesis
  • shortlisted candidates for the “Promising Research Talent” category of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Prizes
  • Best Poster Award Third place, “INDO-US workshop
  • Marie Curie Fellowship-PhD Study
  • Best Poster Award
  • Academic Excellence- Master Degree

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • EPSRC Panel Chair (two projects) and member for Project proposal

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer- RAEng Research fellowship
  • EPSRC
  • Reviewer- Open Fellowship- EPSRC
  • NSERC Horizons CRSNG- Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Reviewer of Project Panel-National Science, Poland
  • FCT - Portuguese National funding agency
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker- International Conference on Advnaces in Functional Materials and Coatings (ICAFMC-2024)
  • Invited Speaker- MESKCONJ International conference, India
  • Invited Speaker-International Conference on recent trends in experimental Physics (ICRTEP-2024)
  • ICMPMA 2022- International Conference on Materials - Properties, Measurements and Applications, Kerala, India
  • Textile based electrochemical devices and its advantages for circular economy
  • C-MET- Textile based electrochemical devices and its advantages for circular economy
  • CISMA- Future of Intelligent Sensing and Measurement Wearable Sensing Technologies for Healthcare Monitoring , Glasgow, UK 2021
  • Webinar- SAVIEZZA, The Annual Stephanian Erudite Series, Dept. Physics, St. Stephen’s College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India 2021
  • International Webinar - World Ozone Day 2021, V.T.M.N.S.S College, Dhanuvchapuram, Kerala, India, 2021,
  • IEEE, IISC student Chapter-Wearable Energy Autonomous Systems- India -2021
  • National Science Day Celebration, Dept. Chemistry, Fatima Mata National College Kollam, Kerala, India 2021
  • Electrochemical Sensors, INSIGHT 1.10, International Webinar Series on Physics, May 31, 2020, PG & Research Department Physics and IQAC Payyanur College, Kerala.
  • International Webinar on Advances in Materials and Nanostructures (IWAM-2020), NSS Hindhu College, Changassery, Kottayam)
  • Energy Storage: Materials and Methods (webinar Series), Dep. of Physics, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Devagiri, Calicut, Kerala, India 9th September 2020
  • International Webinar on supercapacitors, Christ College, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India, 3rd, August, 2020
  • International Webinar Series, Pavanatma College, Kerala, India (2020)
  • Needs-2020- The International Webinar Series, Organized by Indian Institute of Technology Madars (IITM), University of Madras and Abinnovus Consulting Pvt. Ltd. August, 2020
  • Lecture- AQUASENSE Workshop, linkoping university, Sweden, (02/2020)
  • Lecture- Energy storage material for postgraduate student at University of West Scotland’s Physics Department (2019)

 

Media Activity

  • Named Global Winner of the 2024 RINENG Young Investigator Award

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member- Royal Society of Chemistry- MRSC
  • International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society Poland chapter

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Trade Fair: Innovative UK KTN -Wearble Technology Shows, London, UK, March 2019
  • Participated in Curiosity Live- Glasgow Science Center, Glasgow, UK March
  • Participated in European Researchers’ Night (Explorathon) at Glasgow Science Centre
  • Participated in European Researchers’ Night (Explorathon) at Glasgow Science Centre
  • Trade Fair: Prototype of fabricated pH sensors exhibited in: Electronica 2014 – 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications, Munich, Germany
  • he Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action 2014 conference on “The Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers “Promoting talents, spreading excellence”, Trento, Italy

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Examination - External Examiner - NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal

 

Reviewing

  • Journal Reviewer- Silicon , Springer Nature
  • Journal Reviewer- Advanced Materials
  • Journal Reviewer - Journal of Materials Research
  • IoP e Books- Book proposal Reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer- ACS Applied Material Interfaces
  • Journal Reviewer- Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Journal Reviewer- Journal of electrochemical society
  • Journal Reviewer - Sensors and Actuator a Physical
  • Journal Reviewer- Biosensors
  • Journal Reviewer- Sensors and Actuator B. Chemical
  • Journal Reviewer- IEEE Internet of Things Journal
  • Journal Reviewer- Chemical Engineering
  • Journal Reviewer- Sensors
  • Journal Reviewer- IEEE Sensors

 

Visiting Positions

  • Affiliate Researcher- University of Glasgow, UK
  • Vienna University of Technology (TUW), Austria (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher)
  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher)
  • NORTH Point Ltd. Subotica, Serbia (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher)

 

Date


72 results

Flexible Supercapacitor with Sweat Equivalent Electrolyte for Safe and Ecofriendly Energy Storage

Conference Proceeding
Manjakkal, L., Pullanchiyodan, A., Hosseini, E. S., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Flexible Supercapacitor with Sweat Equivalent Electrolyte for Safe and Ecofriendly Energy Storage. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS). https://doi.org/10.1109/fleps49123.2020.9239523
Textile based wearable, biocompatible and low-cost energy storage devices are highly in demand to overcome the issue of powering wearable sensors and electronic devices. In th...

Screen-Printed Flexible Carbon versus Silver Electrodes for Electrochemical Sensors

Conference Proceeding
Franco, F. F., Manjakkal, L., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Screen-Printed Flexible Carbon versus Silver Electrodes for Electrochemical Sensors. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS). https://doi.org/10.1109/fleps49123.2020.9239549
This paper presents the carbon-based screen-printed electrodes (C-SPEs) and compares them with conventional SPEs made of Ag. The electrochemical performance of the two types o...

Metal Coated Fabric Based Supercapacitors

Conference Proceeding
Pullanchiyodan, A., Manjakkal, L., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Metal Coated Fabric Based Supercapacitors. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS). https://doi.org/10.1109/fleps49123.2020.9239537
This work reports the fabric-based supercapacitors (FSCs) using silver coated textile as the current collector. The electrochemical properties of the device in PVA-KCl gel ele...

Glycine-based Flexible Biocompatible Piezoelectric Pressure Sensor for Healthcare Applications

Conference Proceeding
Hosseini, E. S., Manjakkal, L., Shakthivel, D., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Glycine-based Flexible Biocompatible Piezoelectric Pressure Sensor for Healthcare Applications. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS). https://doi.org/10.1109/fleps49123.2020.9239575
This work presents biocompatible flexible piezoelectric composite fabricated by self-assembly of amino acid glycine molecules inside natural chitosan polymer. Piezoelectric co...

Flexible Potentiostat Readout Circuit Patch for Electrochemical and Biosensor Applications

Conference Proceeding
Escobedo, P., Manjakkal, L., Ntagios, M., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Flexible Potentiostat Readout Circuit Patch for Electrochemical and Biosensor Applications. In 2020 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS). https://doi.org/10.1109/fleps49123.2020.9239515
This paper presents a miniaturized potentiostat readout circuit patch developed for electrochemical or biosensors. The presented patch has been fabricated on a flexible polyim...

Ultrathin Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor Chips with Bending-Induced Performance Enhancement

Journal Article
Vilouras, A., Christou, A., Manjakkal, L., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Ultrathin Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor Chips with Bending-Induced Performance Enhancement. ACS Applied Electronic Materials, 2(8), 2601-2610. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaelm.0c00489
Flexible multifunctional sensors on skin or wearables are considered highly suitable for next-generation noninvasive health care devices. In this regard, the field-effect tran...

A Wearable Supercapacitor Based on Conductive PEDOT:PSS‐Coated Cloth and a Sweat Electrolyte

Journal Article
Manjakkal, L., Pullanchiyodan, A., Yogeswaran, N., Hosseini, E. S., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
A Wearable Supercapacitor Based on Conductive PEDOT:PSS‐Coated Cloth and a Sweat Electrolyte. Advanced materials, 32(24), Article 1907254. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201907254
A sweat-based flexible supercapacitor (SC) for self-powered smart textiles and wearable systems is presented. The developed SC uses sweat as the electrolyte and poly(3,4-ethyl...

Metal Coated Conductive Fabrics with Graphite Electrodes and Biocompatible Gel Electrolyte for Wearable Supercapacitors

Journal Article
Pullanchiyodan, A., Manjakkal, L., Dervin, S., Shakthivel, D., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Metal Coated Conductive Fabrics with Graphite Electrodes and Biocompatible Gel Electrolyte for Wearable Supercapacitors. Advanced Materials Technologies, 5(5), Article 1901107. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.201901107
Fabric-based supercapacitors have received considerable interest as energy storage devices for wearable systems. This work demonstrates the use of metal coated fabrics as the ...

Flexible potentiometric pH sensors for wearable systems

Journal Article
Manjakkal, L., Dervin, S., & Dahiya, R. (2020)
Flexible potentiometric pH sensors for wearable systems. RSC Advances, 10(15), 8594-8617. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0ra00016g
There is a growing demand for developing wearable sensors that can non-invasively detect the signs of chronic diseases early on to possibly enable self-health management. Amon...

Flexible Iridium Oxide Based pH Sensor Integrated With Inductively Coupled Wireless Transmission System for Wearable Applications

Journal Article
Marsh, P., Manjakkal, L., Yang, X., Huerta, M., Le, T., Thiel, L., …Dahiya, R. (2020)
Flexible Iridium Oxide Based pH Sensor Integrated With Inductively Coupled Wireless Transmission System for Wearable Applications. IEEE Sensors Journal, 20(10), 5130-5138. https://doi.org/10.1109/jsen.2020.2970926
This work presents a pH sensor platform combining the high performance of iridium oxide (IrOx) fabricated by cyclic voltammetry with inductively-coupled wireless (ICW) transmi...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • SEED (Role -PI ~£10k) : Sustainable Energy System Development from Waste/Polluted Water
  • MUSES (EP/R026173/1)- Role – Co-I; Multi-Sensory Skin for Underwater Robots, Partnership Fund- EPSRC- ORCA Hub
  • UK ICURe (Midland Cohort D): Role-Senior Researcher -Flexible Supercapacitor- (Midland, Cohort D by INNOVATE UK programme
  • AQUASENSE (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018-813680): Role – Co-I and Scientific Project Manager
  • PHL-SENSE (Role-PI- £30k) Royal Academy of Engineering Seed Fund-Circular Economy- Post harvest loss monitoring sensors

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Second Supervisor (MSc)- Anjana Ramesh - University of Glasgow