dr. Debarun Sengupta

Electronic Components, Technology and Materials (ECTM), Department of Microelectronics

Themes: MEMS Technology, Organs-on-chip


I am currently employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Department of Microelectronics, Faculty of EEMCS, Delft University of Technology. I am working under the supervision of Dr. Massimo Mastrangeli on a Dutch Research Council (NWO) funded project titled " Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI)".  (link: https://noci-organ-on-chip.nl/about/). Additionally, I also hold a position as a Guest/Visiting Researcher with the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen.

Previously, for my PhD research, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Giri Prakash Kottapalli and Professor Yutao Pei on various projects involving innovative bio-mimetic sensor design and fabrication. Since 2014, I have been working in the field of Microsystems/Nanoengineering and exploring novel functional materials for MEMS, additive manufacturing, and biomedical sensors. The experiences I have gained from my past positions involving biomimetic engineering, computation, modelling, and nanofabrication have motivated me to further explore the field of advanced Nano/Micro-systems engineering and expand the existing knowledge base with my original research contributions. Starting with silicon-based microdevices during my MEng research, my interests slowly drifted towards developing inexpensive yet sophisticated polymer-nanomaterial composite-based micro/nanodevices for smart sensors and systems as I started realizing the challenges associated with traditional cleanroom fabrication methods and steps that can be taken to bring alternative solutions. Other than MEMS fabrication, a major focus of my PhD research has been to research and develop various inkjet and 3D-printable flexible and wearable organic piezoelectric, piezoresistive, and piezo-capacitive sensors for human motion and remote health care monitoring applications. To develop various sensors for healthcare monitoring and biomedical applications, I derive inspiration from nature and apply them to solving contemporary real-life problems. I combine biomimetics engineering with state-of-the-art micro/nano-fabrication techniques to create sophisticated sensors targeted for human physiological monitoring and flow sensing applications.


Educational background:

PhD, Micro / Nano-engineering (June 2018 - May 2022)

      University of Groningen, The Netherlands

MEngSc, Electrical Engineering (Microsystems) (2015 - 2017)

      The University of New South Wales, Sydney

      Grade: Distinction with 90% in the research component


  1. Methyl monolayers improve the fracture strength and durability of silicon nanobeams
    Tuncay Alan; Alan Zehnder; Debodhonyaa Sengupta; Melissa Hines;
    Appl. Phys. Lett.,
    Volume 89, 2006.

  2. Improving Fracture Properties of Si Nanobeams with Self Assembled Monolayers
    Tuncay Alan; Debodhonyaa Sengupta; Melissa Hines; Alan Zehnder;
    In Proceedings of Eurosensors 20,
    Goteborg, Sweden, Sep. 2006.

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Last updated: 15 Jan 2024