Bhavana Venkataramanachar is a doctoral candidate in the microsystems group headed by Jaap den Toonder. She works on the Artificial cilia project. The focus of the project is to fabricate cilia structures using magnetic polymers and femto-second lasering techniques. These fabricated cilia structures are expected to generate flow, mix fluids, perform mechano-transduction and thus find its applications in ‘lab-on-a-chip’ devices. The artificial cilia also help understand various types of biological cilia behaviors. The project aims at bringing together various streams of engineering onto a single chip.
Bhavana Venkataramanachar is from the southern part of India. She has always been interested in multidisciplinary topics and chose to do her Bachelors in Mechatronics Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. In her academic project she worked on Human Area Networks to transfer information. During her Bachelors she got interested in the field of microsystems and decided to do her MSc. in Microsystems Engineering from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Her master thesis was on External Quantum Efficiencies of different types of Perovskite solar cells at Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg. Her thesis resulted in a co-authorship of a peer reviewed paper in SOLMAT and a poster presentation at the University of Oxford, PSCO 2017.