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Gajendra S. ShekhawatDr. Gajendra S. Shekhawat, SPID Facility Manager & Research Professor

What technical expertise do you offer?

Advanced scanning probe microscopy, Nano patterning, MEMS micro fabrication, Ultrasound microscopy, Integrated sensors, Molecular electronics, Scanning thermal and Raman microscopy, nanoscale mechanics, Biomechanics.

How do you facilitate research collaboration?

Active involvement in developing newer technologies in sensing and microscopy and it significantly helped me to facilitate active research collaborations both locally, domestically and internationally. I build trust and promote open communication with my collaborative partners that help me to develop cutting-edge technologies.

What inspired you to work in this field?

What inspired me is that progress in Nanotechnology is significantly revolutionizing many technology and industry sectors, including medicine, food safety and energy. For example, I have been developing integrated sensors that can detect various chronic diseases via breath. In addition, the biomechanics research can lead to develop new therapeutics for lung diseases.

What’s the most interesting project or achievement that you’ve been involved in at NUANCE?

I joined when NUANCE was founded in 2002. Since then, I have developed integrated sensors for chronic and pulmonary disease detection, MEMS based sensors, ultrasound holography for sub-surface imaging, high resolution thermal imaging technology for nanoscale thermal conductivity and temperature mapping, comprehensibly established biomechanics analysis methods via collaborative research with the Feinberg School of Medicine and the medical school at UIC.

What are the everyday practical applications of your research/work? How does what you’re doing make a difference to non-scientists?

We can measure the stiffness of the bones, tissues and cancerous cells and identify the progression of the disease and therapeutics with biomechanical analysis. The integrated sensors that were developed for disease detection via breath analysis have significant applications in medical sciences. The nanoscale sub-surface imaging developed here have widespread application in identifying the failure analysis in semiconductor devices and thin films.

What excites you most about the future of nanotechnology?

I’m excited about the potential of nanotechnology to expand in medical applications, such as site-specific therapeutics and chip-based analysis of the entire disease spectrum in real time.