Biological systems transmit thousands of invaluable information about our health, through a "chemical language". Biosensors are devices that listen to this complex language and translate it into a language that we humans can understand.

Dr. Veerappan Mani is currently a Research Scientist at the Sensors Lab, in the Electrical Engineering Department, CEMSE, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He is one of the world’s top 2% scientists since 2020. 

Education and Early Career

Dr. Veerappan Mani received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT), Taiwan in 2014.  He worked as a research assistant professor at the Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering, Taipei Tech, Taiwan, from 2016 to 2019. He was a research visiting scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), U.S.A. in 2023.

Dr. Mani is an experienced researcher in developing nanomaterials for sensors, biosensors, and energy devices. Using biological, electrochemical, and analytical knowledge, he functionalizes, tunes, integrates, hybridizes, and modifies materials and provides the appropriate materials solution. He has published more than 115 SCI papers (citations: 5898; h-index: 42). He is serving as an editorial board member for the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (MDPI; I.F 5.923), associate editor for Frontiers in Materials (Frontiers; I.F 3.515), special issue editor for Micromachines (MDPI: I.F 2.891), and review editor for Frontiers in Electronics. He has been included in the world's top 2% scientists list published by Standford University researchers, 2020-2021 (Categories: Energy & Analytical Chemistry; Rank = 1218/186014). He is recognized as the “2023 Rising Star in Measurement Science" by the Journal 'ACS Measurement Science Au'.

Research Interests

Dr. Mani's current research areas are, (1) Developing smart hydrogel-coated microneedles for extraction, sensing, and delivery (hospital on a chip), (2) Bioengineering 2D materials for point-of-care diagnosis of cardiovascular disease biomarkers,  (3) Integrating sensing devices for emerging pharmaceutical contaminants in water resources, (4) Exploring enzyme properties of single-atom catalysts for analyzing oxidative stress biomarkers and gasotransmitters, and (5) Developing laser-scribed graphene electrodes for large-scale applications.


1. One-Step Synthesis of Copper Single-Atom Nanozymes for Electrochemical Sensing Applications

G.T. Blazquez, S.S. Shetty, S. Yuvaraja, J.L. Cerrillo, V. Mani,* K.N. Salama

Small Science 2024, 2300259 

2. Self-Immolative Electrochemical Redox Substrates: Emerging Artificial Receptors in Sensing and Biosensing

K. Manibalan, P. Arul, H.J. Wu, S.T. Huang, V. Mani*

ACS Measurement Science Au, 2024 

3. Empowering Electrochemical Biosensors with AI: Overcoming Interference for Precise Dopamine Detection in Complex Samples

J.I. Filho, M.C. Faleiros, D.C. Ferreira, V. Mani, K.N. Salama 

Advanced Intelligent Systems 2023, 5, 2300227 

4. Iron Singleatom catalysts on MXenes for Ultrasensitive Monitoring of Adrenal Tumor Markers and Cellular Dopamine.

S.S. Shetty, J.W. ElDemellawi, Y. Khan, M.N. Hedhili, P. Arul, V. Mani,* H.N. Alshareef, K.N. Salama.

Advanced Materials Technologies, 2023, 229, 2202069.

5. Polyoxometalate-Cyclodextrin Supramolecular Entities for Real-time In Situ Monitoring of Dopamine Released from Neuroblastoma Cells.

S.S. Shetty, B. Moosa, L. Zhang, B. Alshankiti, W. Baslyman, V. Mani,* N.M. Khashab,* K.N. Salama.*

Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2023, 229, 115240.

6. Multiplexed Sensing Techniques for Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers: Review.

V. Mani,* C. Durmus, W. Khushaim, D. Ferreira, S. Timur, F. Arduini, K.N. Salama.*

Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2022, 216, 114680.

7. Porous Graphitic Carbon Nitrides Integrated Biosensor for Sensitive Detection of Cardiac Troponin I.

W. Khushaim, K. Peramaiah, T. Beduk, M.T. Vijjapu, J.O. Filho, K.W. Huang, V. Mani,* K.N. Salama.*

Biosensors and Bioelectronics. X, 2022, 12, 100234.

8. Electrochemical Sensors Targeting Salivary Biomarkers: Review

V. Mani,* T. Beduk, W. Khushaim, A.E. Ceylan, S. Timur, O.S. Wolfbeis,* K.N. Salama.*

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry 2021, 135, 116164.

9. Growth of Large-scale MoS2 Nanosheets on Double Layered ZnCo2O4 for Real-time In-situ H2S Monitoring in Live Cells.

V. Mani,* S. Selvaraj, N. Jeromiyas, S. T. Huang, H. Ikeda, Y. Hayakawa, S. Ponnusamy,* K.N. Salama.*

Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2020, 8, 7453.


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Education Profile

  • Higher Education Teaching Degree, Harvard University, HarvardX, United States, 2021.
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, 2014.

Awards and Distinctions

•    “2023 Rising Star in Measurement Science" from the Journal ‘ACS Measurement Science’.
•    World's top 2% scientists since 2020 based on Stanford University researchers’ survey 
•    “Sunshine Best Researcher Award” from Taipei Tech, Taiwan: 2016-2018.

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), Member since 2020
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Member since 2020
  • International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Member since 2019
  • Bioelectrochemical Society (BES), Member since 2018