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Dr. Matiar Howlader

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Member
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Sensors and Integrated Sensor Systems; Health and Water Monitoring; Nanotechnology; Energy Harvesting; Artificial Intelligence
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Dr. Matiar R. Howlader directs his research towards developing advanced sensing systems that integrate technology, health, and the environment. His methodology involves the design, fabrication, characterization, and development of materials and components, aiming for comprehensive sensing solutions. With his expertise in nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, he has designed electrochemical sensors that can detect various parameters, including specific substances, analytes, and disease biomarkers. A notable innovation in his research is surface-activated nanobonding (SAB), which integrates various materials with biosensors and includes energy-harvesting features. Dr. Howlader seeks to improve upon existing technologies; he is committed to advancing nanomaterial methods, eco-friendly sensor synthesis, and blending materials and technologies. His ultimate objective is not just technological advancement, but also the development of personalized healthcare biosensor systems. Dr. Howlader envisions a future in which artificial neural networks analyze disease biomarkers, offering precise healthcare to individuals.


1. Ali, Younus M.*, Abdulrahman, Heman B.*, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2023). Utilizing green synthesized silver nanoparticles from orange peel extract for highly sensitive electrochemical detection of hydrogen peroxide. Analyst.
2. Ting, Wei-Ting*, Ali, M. Younus*, Mitea, Victor*, Wang, Meng-Jiy, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2023). Polyaniline-based bovine serum albumin-imprinted electrochemical sensor for ultra-trace-level detection in clinical and food safety applications. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
3. Redhwan, Taufique Z.*, Ali, Md. Younus*, Howlader, Matiar, M. R. and Haddara, Yaser M. (2023). Electrochemical sensing of lead in drinking water using copper foil bonded with polymer. Sensors-MDPI. 23(3): 1-18.
4. Pazuki, Dadbeh*, Ghosh, Raja, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2023). Nanomaterials-based electrochemical Delta9-THC and CBD sensors for chronic pain. Biosensors-MDPI. 13(3): 1-18.
5. Alam, Maksud M*, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2023). High performance nonenzymatic electrochemical sensors via thermally grown Cu native oxides (CuNOx) towards sweat glucose monitoring. Analyst.
6. Alam, Maksud M.*, Mitea, Victor*, Howlader, Matiar M. R., Selvaganapathy, Ponnambalam Ravi, and Deen, M. Jamal. (2023). Analyzing electrochemical sensing fundamentals for health applications. Advanced Sensor Research.
7. Negm, A*, Howlader, Matiar M. R., Bakr, M, and Ali, S. (2023). Biomarker detection using Ge3Sb2Te6-based permittivity-asymmetric metasurface. Materials and Design. 227: 1-10.
8. Ali, Md Younus”, Knight, Dorian*, and Howlader, Matiar M.R. (2023). Nonenzymatic electrochemical glutamate sensor using copper oxide nanomaterials and multiwall carbon nanotubes. Biosensors-MDPI. 13(2): 1-20.
9. Burns, Grace*, Ali, M. Younus*, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2023). Advanced functional materials for electrochemical dopamine sensors. Trends in Analytical Chemistry.
10. Sinha, K*, Uddin, Z, Kawsar, H. I, Islam, S, Deen, M.J, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2023). Analyzing chronic disease biomarkers using electrochemical sensors and artificial neural networks. TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry. : 1-19.
11. McCrae, Lauren E*, Ting, Wei-Ting*, and Howlader, M.M.R. (2023). Advancing electrochemical biosensors for interleukin-6 detection. Biosensors and Bioelectronics: X. 13: 1-21.
12. Negm, Ayman*, Howlader, Matiar M. R., Belyakov, Ilya, Bakr, Mohamed, Ali, Shirook, Irannejad, Mehrdad, and Yavuz, Mustafa. (2022). Materials perspectives of integrated plasmonic biosensors. Materials. 15(20):1-29.
13. Negm A*, Bakr M, Howlader, Matiar M. R., and Ali S. (2021). Switching plasmonic resonance in multi-gap infrared metasurface absorber using vanadium dioxide patches. Smart Materials and Structures. 30: 1-7.
14. Kotru, Sharda*, Klimuntowski, Martin*, Hashim, Ridha*, Uddin, Zakir, Askhar, Ali A, Singh, Gurmit, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2021). Electrochemical sensing: A prognostic tool in the fight against COVID-19. TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry. 136: 1-23.
15. Alam, M. Maksud* and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2021). Nonenzymatic electrochemical sensors via Cu native oxides (CuNOx) for sweat glucose monitoring. Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research. 34: 1-15.
16. Liu E*, Negm A*, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2021). Thermoelectric generation via Tellurene for wearable applications: Recent advances, research challenges and future perspectives. Materials Today Energy. 20:1-13.
17. Niu, C. N*, Han, J. Y, Hu, S. P, Chao, D. Y., Song, X. G., Howlader, Matiar M. R., and Cao, J. (2021). Fast and environmentally friendly fabrication of superhydrophilic-superhydrophobic patterned aluminum surfaces. Surfaces and Interfaces. 22
18. Klimuntowski M*, Alam MM*, Singh G, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2020). Electrochemical sensing of Cannabinoids in biofluids: A non-invasive tool for drug detection. ACS Sensors. 5(3): 620-636.
19. Schultz J*, Uddin Z, Singh G, Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2020). Glutamate sensing in biofluids: recent advances and research challenges of electrochemical sensors. Analyst. 145: 321-347.
20. Ali MY*, Alam AU*, and Howlader, Matiar M. R. (2020). Fabrication of highly sensitive Bisphenol A electrochemical sensor amplified with chemically modified multiwall carbon nanotubes and β-cyclodextrin. Sensors and Actuators B. 320: 128319-128328.
21. Alam AU*, Howlader Matiar M. R., Hu NX, Deen MJ. (2019). Electrochemical sensing of lead in drinking water using beta-cyclodextrin-modified MWCNTs. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. 296: 126632.
22. Redhwan TZ*, Alam AU*, Catalano M, Wang L, Kim MJ, Haddara YM, Howlader Matiar M. R. (2018). Direct bonding of copper and liquid crystal polymer. Materials Letters. 212: 214-217.
23. Qin Y*, Alam AU*, Pan Si, Howlader Matiar M. R., Ghosh R, Hu N-X, Jin H, Shurong D, and Deen MJ. (2018). Integrated water quality monitoring system with pH, free chlorine, and temperature sensors. Sensors and Actuators B. 255: 781-790.
24. Alam AU*, Qin Y*, Catalano M, Wang L, Kim MJ, Howlader Matiar M.R., Hu N-X and Deen MJ. (2018). Tailoring MWCNTs and β-cyclodextrin for sensitive detection of acetaminophen and estrogen. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 10: 21411-2142.
25. Haddara YM, Howlader Matiar M. R. (2018). Integration of heterogeneous materials for wearable sensors. Polymers. 10(1): 10010060.
26. Redhwan TZ*, Alam AU*, Haddara YM, and Howlader Matiar M. R. (2018). Copper and liquid crystal polymer bonding towards lead sensing. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. 57: 02BB03-8.
27. Alam AU*, Qin Y*, Nambiar S, Yeow JTW, Howlader Matiar M. R., Hu N-X and Deen MJ. (2018). Polymer and organic materials-based pH sensors for healthcare applications. Progress in Materials Science. 96:174-216.
28. Qin Y*, Alam AU*, Howlader Matiar M. R., Hu N-X, and Deen MJ. (2017). Morphology and electrical properties of inkjet-printed palladium/palladium oxide. Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 5: 1893-1902.
29. Alam AU*, Qin Y*, Howlader Matiar M. R., Hu N-X and Deen MJ. (2017). Electrochemical sensing of acetaminophen using multi-walled carbon nanotube and beta-cyclodextrin. Sensors and Actuators B. 254: 896-909.


Dr. Matiar R. Howlader began his academic journey with a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Khulna University, Bangladesh in 1988. He furthered his education with an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Kyushu University, Japan by 1999. Prior to 2005, he made significant contributions in materials science and engineering as an Endowed Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, Canada. At the heart of Dr. Howlader’s research is the design and development of innovative materials and components, with a particular emphasis on nanomaterials-based electrochemical sensors for health, environmental, and energy applications. A cornerstone of his work is the integration of flexible and hard materials using surface-activated nanobonding (SAB). As he advances in his field, Dr. Howlader’s mission is to fine-tune these technologies, aiming for integrated sensor platforms and personalized healthcare biosensor systems. His forward-thinking approach also explores the potential of artificial neural networks in analyzing disease biomarkers.


B. Sc. Eng. (Khulna University of Engineering and Technology) ; M. A. Sc., Ph.D (Kyushu University)




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