PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR


Prof. Navakanta Bhat

Prof. Navakanta Bhat

Professor & Chairperson
Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering
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Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore - 560 012

Tel : +91-80-2293-3312
Tel/Fax : +91-80-2360-6475
navakant(at)iisc.ac.in

Academic Qualification:


Ph.D. : Electrical Engineering , Stanford University, CA (1996)

M.Tech : Microelectronics, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1992)
First Rank

B.E. : Electronics and Communication, SJCE University of Mysore (1989)
First rank in the University of Mysore

Research and Professional Experience:


Professor, 2011 - Present
Centre for Nano Science and Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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Associate Professor, 2005 - 2010
Electrical Communication Engineering Department,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Assistant Professor, 1999 - 2004
Electrical Communication Engineering Department,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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Senior Staff Engineer, 1997 - 1999
Networking and Computing Systems Group
Advanced Products Research and Development Lab
MOTOROLA, Austin, TX, USA

Summer Intern, 1995
Advanced Products Research and Development Lab
MOTOROLA, Austin, TX, USA

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Summer Intern, 1994
Advanced Products Research and Development Lab
MOTOROLA, Austin, TX, USA

Research Assistant, 1992 - 1996
Integrated Circuit Laboratory,
Stanford University, CA, USA

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Research Engineer, January 1992 - May 1992
Indian Institute of Technology,
Bombay, India

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES AND NATIONAL OUTREACH:


Chairman, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, IISc 2016 - Present
Chairman, National Nanofabrication Centre (NNfC), IISc 2010 - 2015
Key contributor to NNfC promotional video (link)
Chairman, Infrastructure and Human Resource Development group under the National Program on Micro and Smart Systems: Enabled the creation of 64 National MEMS Design Centres across India 2011 - 2016
Member of the committee set-up by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt. of India: To recommend strategies to develop Semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem in India
Principal Investigator, Indian Nanoelectronics Users Program (INUP): Enabling training of more than 2,000 researchers from across the country

ENTREPRENEURSHIP:


Founder and Promoter of PathShodh Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., a medical device research and development company incubated at the IISc, Bangalore. Established the company on a firm footing, as the founding CEO, while on sabbatical leave in 2105. Currently serving as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors, and actively involved in strategic planning. Driven by a social mission of making healthcare affordable and available to all, the company is built on a very strong foundation of innovative research conducted at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, IISc. PathShodh has commercialized first of its kind point of care device (anuPathTM), capable of performing 5 blood tests (Hb, HbA1c, Serum Albumin, Glycated Albumin, Glucose) and 3 urine tests (Microalbuminuria, Creatinine, ACR) for multiple chronic diseases including diabetes, anemia and malnutrition, liver and kidney disease. This product is based on novel electrochemical biosensing technologies (nonenzymatic, non-antibody), protected through a number of international IPs.

Awards & Honors:


Dr. Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship 2018 - 2021
Chair, IEEE Electron Devices Society Technical Committee on Nanotechnology 2017 - Present
Prof. Rustum Choksi Award for Research Excellence in Engineering 2017
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Industrial Innovation Award 2017
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Grand Jury Award for Innovation 2017
Best start-up of the year award from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Healthcare Excellence award 2017
Member, IEEE EDS Board of Governors 2016 - Present
Editor, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, MOS Devices and Technology Jan 2013 - Jan 2016
Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering 2011
DAE-SRC Outstanding Research Investigator Award 2010
IBM Faculty Award 2007
Prof. Satish Dhavan award, Govt. of Karnataka 2005
Swarnajayanti Fellowship 2005
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award 2003
Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of the IEEE Electron Devices Society
Senior Member, IEEE
Outstanding Chapter of the Year: IEEE ED/SSC Bangalore chapter 2003
Founding chair of IEEE Electron Devices and Solid State Circuits Society (IEEE ED/SSC), Banagalore chapter
Chapter Partner and advisor for the IEEE Nanotechnology and Sensors council student chapter, Bangalore; and IEEE EDS SJCE Mysore students chapter, Mysore
Technical Program Chair for the 20th International conference on VLSI design 2006
International Technical Program Committee member, ISSCC 2006 & 2005 conference. Serving on the Imager/MEMS/Medical/Display Subcommittee 2006 - 2005
Technical Program Chair for the 20th International conference on VLSI design 2007
Program Committee member for the 19th International conference on VLSI design 2006
Program Committee member and Design Track Chair for the 18th International conference on VLSI design 2005
Program Committee member and Design Contest Chair for the 17th International conference on VLSI design 2004
Working group member: Asia Solid State Circuit Conference (ASSCC)
Program committee member and low power track chair ASPICES 2005
Program committee member, VLSI Design & Test workshops. 2001 - 2005
Fellowship Chair, VLSI Design & Test workshops. 2001 - 2002
Local Arrangement Chair, VLSI Design & Test workshops. 2001 - 2002
IProgram Committee member & Fellowship Chair, 7th Asia South Pacific Design Automation Conference and 14th International Conference on VLSI Design 2002
Program Committee member of National Conference on Communication 2003

Industry Interaction:


Malodour Detection Sensor Unilever 2015 - 2017
High-k dielectric development for DRAM Tokyo Electron 2011 - 2014
Variability Modeling in Non-classical Transistors IBM 2007 - 2008
Technology Advisory Board Member Cypress Semiconductors 2007
Prototyping RF MEMS Torsional Varactor SCL , Chandigarh 2004 - 2006
Technical Advice on VLSI Agere Systems 2004 - 2005
CMOS Technology scaling and MEMS device prototyping VLSI fab, ITI 2001 - 2007
Low Power High Speed SRAM design S.T. Microelectronics April 2000 - January 2001 &
April 2001 - January 2002

Research Projects:


Title Funding Agency Duration Principal Investigator (PI)/
Co-Investigator (CI)
Efficient Glycemic Control for the Management of Diabetes Complications Intervention with Novel Point of Care Device for Community Healthcare IMPRINT 2017 - 2019 PI
Integration and functionality of InP-based subwavelength photonic structures on Silicon DST Indo-Swedish Joint project 2015 - 2018 PI
Indian Nanoelectronics Users Program (INUP), Phase II MeitY 2014 - 2019 PI
Neutron Sensor Development IGCAR 2014 - 2017 PI
NO2 Sensor development for monitoring leakage at launch site ISRO 2014 - 2017 PI
Low Cost Disposable Smart Chip Technology for Biosensors in Diabetes Management DST 2015 - 2017 PI
Development of Low Temperature Processing of Ferrite Films for On-chip Integrated Device Applications in Beyond 4G (X-band) Cellular Phone Systems DST Indo-Japan Joint project 2015 - 2017 PI
Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics – Phase II Ministry of Communication and Information Technology 2012 - 2017 PI
TranSensTor: Transistor embedded Sensor Technology Platform DAE, Govt. of India 2011 - 2016 PI
Development of Electronics Platform for Gas Sensor National Program on Micro and Smart Systems 2011 - 2013 PI
77o K MOSFET modeling for 0.35 micron CMOS technology SPL 2010 - 2012 PI
Intracranial Pressure Sensor Society for Biomedical Technology 2009 - 2012 CI
Development of Glycated Hemoglobin Sensor Society for Biomedical Technology 2011 - 2013 CI
Germanium Nano MOSFET with Rare Earth Metal Oxide Gate Dielectrics Dept. of Science & Technology (STIO program) 2007 - 2009 PI (jointly with IIT Bombay team, Prof. Krishna Saraswat from Stanford and Prof. Vivek Subramanian from UC Berkeley)
Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) University Grants Commission 2006 - 2010 PI
Interface Circuit for MEMS Gyroscope RCI 2007 PI
Wireless Sensor Networks DRDO 2006 - 2009 CI
Device Variability and its Impact on Circuit Design Methodology in the Nanoelectronics Era Dept. of Science & Technology (Swarnajayanti fellowship project) 2006 - 2011 PI
Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, Phase-I Ministry of Communication and Information Technology 2006 - 2010 CI
Micro-g Accelerometer ISRO 2004 - 2006 CI
Transistor Mismatch in the Deep Submicron Technology Dept. of Science & Technology 2002 - 2005 PI
Capacitance Sensing Integrated Circuit Chip ISRO-IISc Space Technology Cell 2003 - 2005 PI
Ultrathin gate dielectric Characterization University Grants Commission 2000 - 2005 PI
Setting up Sub-micron Device simulation lab Institute seed grant 1999 - 2000 PI
Setting up clean room for device fabrication Institute seed grant 2002 - 2003 PI
Design, development, and characterization of Torsional MEMS Varactor for RF Applications National Program on Smart Materials 2004 - 2006 PI
National MEMS Design Centre National Program on Smart Materials 2001 - 2005 CI
Upgradation of National MEMS Design Centres National Program on Smart Materials 2003 - 2005 CI
Advanced Satellite Communications and Sensor Technologies ISRO-IISc Space Technology Cell 2002 - 2003 CI

Short Courses for Industry:


Course Sponsoring Agency Target group
VLSI-An Overview ITI ITI Engineers
VLSI Device and Process Technology Proficiency (IISc) Working professionals
Analog CMOS Circuit Design Philips Designers at Philips
Analog CMOS Circuit Design Wipro Designers at Wipro