Ajay Agarwal is Sr. Principal Scientist, Coordinator, Smart Sensors Area, & Head of Nano Biosensors Group at CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani; involved in the development of Nanotechnologies MEMS, microfluidics and Micro-sensors. He is also Professor at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi. Earlier as Member of Technical Staff he served Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore for over 9 years. He received B.Eng. from NIT, Rourkela followed by M.S. and Ph.D. from BITS, Pilani. His engagement with semiconductor industries and research institutes is for over 26 years. He has about 230 research publications in peer-reviewed journals or international conferences, over 35 invited/ plenary/ keynote talks and over 25 patents (granted or filled). Dr. Ajay has chaired/ co-chaired symposiums and conference sessions and repeatedly reviewing technical papers for numerous journals. He has supervised several Ph.D., masters and undergraduate students for thesis and project work in India and overseas. He is associated with professional societies like Senior member of IEEE, USA; Life Fellow of MSI (India), The Institution of Engineers (India) and IETE (India), and member MRS, Singapore [till 2009], etc.
He is bestowed with various awards including 2008 National Technology Award, Singapore; 2009 Excellence Award, IME Singapore; “Collaboration Development Award” British High Commission, Singapore for the year 2005 and 2006, Super Kaizen (4 times) and Best Kaizen(7 times) at USHA (India) Ltd., etc. His biography is included in the Who’s Who in the World, which profiles the most accomplished men and women in the world since 2010 and in Who’s Who in Asia since 2012.
Development of Micro-, Nano-technologies, MEMS and semiconductor processes for various applications are his main research interests. He has been instrumental in numerous collaborative projects with industries/ universities like Sony, Japan; Opaldia, UK; SiMEMS, Singapore; BioChip Innovations, Australia; Silver Brook, Ireland and Australia; ST Kinetics, Singapore; Panasonic, Japan; Intelligent Chip Connections, Singapore; NUS, NTU, Univ. of London, etc. Some of his achievements include the development of silicon nanowire-based devices including electronic biochemical sensor system integrated with fluidics and read-out electronics; development of biochips like lateral patch-clamp arrays, micro-fluidics on transparent substrates, Cell sorter cum counter, Micro-viscometer, etc.; silicon-based nanostructured substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), gas sensors, etc. He has also contributed significantly to the development of silicon micro-mirror arrays; polysilicon interconnects for 3D-stacking, implantable neural probes, etc.