Dr Madhu Bhaskaran


Senior Lecturer

School /
Work Unit

Electrical and Computer Eng

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 0441



Building: 12
Level: 8
Room: 14

City Campus


Science, Engineering & Health


  • 2009 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Electronic Materials Engineering), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2005 – Master of Engineering (M.Eng., Microelectronics Engineering), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2004 – Bachelor of Engineering (B.E., Electronic and Communication Engineering), P.S.G. College of Technology, Coimbatore, India


With the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University:

  • 2012-Current – Senior Research Fellow and ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2010-11 – Research Fellow and ARC Australian Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • 2009 – Research Fellow

Key activities

Course Coordination and Teaching

  • Electronic Materials (EEET2148/EEET2260)
  • Recent Advances in MicroNanoEngineering (EEET2151)

Fellowships, scholarships, and awards

A representative list of fellowships, scholarships, and awards from a total of 13 is shown below.

Professional involvement

Membership of professional societies

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN, formerly ARCNN)
  • Australian Ceramic Society

Editorial roles

  • Book Editor, CRC Press
  • Guest Editor, Sensor Letters (Special Issue for IMCS-13)

Reviewer for competitive research funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) – Discovery Projects , Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Future Fellowships, Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Grants
  • National Council for Scientific Research (Romania) – Exploratory Research Projects, Joint Applied Research Projects
  • New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment – Investment rounds

Reviewer for international scientific journals

Reviewer for over 30 international journals. Examples include:

  • ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
  • Crystal Growth and Design
  • CrystEngComm
  • Nanoscale Research Letters
  • Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Conference Organisation

  • Organising Committee, SPIE International Symposium 2008

Research publications


Electronic engineering, materials engineering, materials science, physical sciences, multidisciplinary sciences, device engineering, sensor technology

Publication summary

6 book chapters, 58 journal articles, 26 conference proceedings, and 5 other publications – total of 95

Representative publications

  • M. Bhaskaran , S. Sriram, K. Iniewski (Eds), “Energy Harvesting with Functional Materials and Microsystems”, CRC Press (2013)
  • S. Balendhran, S. Walia, M. Alsaif, E. P. Nguyen, J. Z. Ou, S. Zhuiykov, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran , and K. Kalantar-zadeh, “Field effect biosensing platform based on 2D α-MoO3”, ACS Nano 7 9753(2013). [doi: 10.1021/nn403241f]
  • P. Gutruf, C. M. Shah, S. Walia, H. Nili, A. S. Zoolfakar, C. Karnutsch, K. Kalantar-zadeh, S. Sriram, and M. Bhaskaran , “Transparent functional oxide stretchable electronics: Micro-tectonics enabled high strain electrodes”, NPG Asia Mater. 5 e62 (2013) [doi 10.1038/am.2013.41]
  • S. Balendhran, S. Walia, H. Nili, J. Z. Ou, S. Zhuiykov, R. B. Kaner, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran , and K. Kalantar-zadeh, “Two-dimensional molybdenum trioxide and dichalcogenides”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 23 3952 (2013) [doi 10.1002/adfm.201300125]
  • J. Li, C. M. Shah, W. Withayachumnankul, B. S.-Y. Ung, A. Mitchell, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran , S. Chang, and D. Abbott, “Mechanically tunable terahertz metamaterials”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102 121101 (2013)
  • S. Balendhran, J. Deng, J. Z. Ou, S. Walia, J. Scott, J. Tang, K. L. Wang, M. R. Field, S. P. Russo, S. Zhuiykov, M. S. Strano, N. Medhekar, S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran , and K. Kalantar-zadeh, “Enhanced charge carrier mobility in two-dimensional high dielectric molybdenum oxide”, Adv. Mater. 25 109 (2013) [doi 10.1002/adma.201203346]
  • H. Nili, K. Kalantar-zadeh, M. Bhaskaran , and S. Sriram, “In situ nanoindentation: Probing nanoscale multifunctionality”, Prog. Mater. Sci. 58 1 (2013) [doi 10.1016/j.pmatsci.2012.08.001]
  • S. Sriram, M. Bhaskaran , S. Chen, S. Jayawardhana, P. R. Stoddart, J. Z. Liu, N. V. Medhekar, K. Kalantar-Zadeh, and A. Mitchell, “Influence of electric field on SERS: Frequency effects, intensity changes, and susceptible bonds”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 4646 (2012) [doi 10.1021/ja208893q]
  • M. Bhaskaran , S. Sriram, B. J. Rodriguez, G. C. Devendra, K. Latham, D. G. McCulloch, and A. Mitchell, “Lattice guiding for sputter deposition of single domain (Sr0.6Ba0.4)Nb2O6 ferroelectric thin films”, CrystEngComm 14 359 (2012) [doi 10.1039/C1CE06112G]
  • M. Bhaskaran , S. Sriram, S. Ruffell, and A. Mitchell, “Nanoscale characterisation of energy generation from piezoelectric thin films”, Adv. Funct. Mater.  21 2251 (2011) [doi 10.1002/adfm.201002663]
  • M. Bhaskaran , S. Sriram, and A. S. Holland, “Accurate estimation of low (<10-8 Ωcm2) values of specific contact resistivity”, IEEE Electron Dev. Lett. 29 259 (2008) [doi 10.1109/LED.2007.915378]

Full list of publications can be found in the RMIT Research Repository.

Research grant funding

A representative list of grants from research income of ~$3 million is shown below.





ARC Discovery Project (DP140100170)



ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilitites Grant (LE140100104)



ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities Grant (LE130100090)



ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities Grant (LE120100004)



ARC Discovery Project (DP1092717) with Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship  



ARC Linkage Project (LP100100696)   


Research in the media

A representative list of media coverage on research is presented below. Full list can be found here.