PhD Student
ATLAS Institute

Purnendu is a designer, trained as a physicist. He combines his love for design, physics and computers to develop new fabrication techniques for functional materials. He is a PhD student at the interdisciplinary ATLAS Institute advised by Carson Bruns and Greg Whiting. He holds an Integrated Master's degree in physics (with specialization in material science) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee. Earlier, he co-founded a nanotechnology company in India Log 9 Materials, (which focuses on manufacturing and developing commercial applications around Graphene) and a multidisciplinary design studio at IIT Roorkee. His work portfolio includes research at various institutions worldwide, including the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany, and Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.


  • Purnendu, Sasha M Novack, Eric Acome, Christoph Keplinger, Mirela Alistar, Mark D Gross, Carson Bruns, and Daniel Leithinger. 2021. Electriflow: Soft Electrohydraulic Building Blocks for Prototyping Shape-changing Interfaces. Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1280–1290. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3461778.3462093 (June 28-July 2, 2021Virtual Event).
  • Purnendu, Eric Acome, Christoph Keplinger, Mark D. GrossCarson Bruns and Daniel Leithinger. 2021. Soft Electrohydraulic Actuators for Origami Inspired Shape-Changing Interfaces. (to appear) In Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021). https://doi.org/10.1145/3411763.3451590. (Yokohama, Japan–May 8-13, 2021). pdf.