Profile of Dr. R. Selvakumar

Professional Brief

Academic Details

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Indo-USSTF-WARI fellowship, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Endeavour Research fellowship, University of Newcastle, Australia
Doctor of Philosophy, Biotechnology (Spl. in Microbial Biotechnology), Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India.
Master of Science, Applied Microbiology, PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India.
Bachelor of Science, Microbiology (Spl. Immunology), The American, College, Madurai Kamaraj University, India.

Core Research Interests

Water purification using microbes and nanomaterials, Nano (bio) technology based approach for tissue engineering

Honors & Awards

Recipient of Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship

Indo-US Science and Technology forum (IUSSTF) 2016 – 2017

Selected as Emerging Water Professional for EWPP program in at International river symposium

Organized by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Govt. of Australia held at New Delhi Sept 12-14, 2016

Recipient of Endeavour Research Fellowship

Department of Education, Govt. of Australia 2015

PK Das Best Faculty award in Nanotechnology for the year

Nehru group of Institutions, Coimbatore 2015

Invited as a guest speaker by India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA dialogue forum on ‘Water treatment and sensors for water pollution detection’)

Birchwood hotel and OR Tambo conference centre, Johannesburg, South Africa 4th & 5th April, 2014

Blaustein Postdoctoral fellowship award

Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Israel 2013

Received Invention award on fabrication of three dimensional scaffolds for tissue engineering

Intellectual Ventures, USA 2012

Received DST-International Travel Grant for attending Asia Nano2008 conference

Singapore 2008

Received Certificate of Recognition from Vice Chancellor and Syndicate of Bharathiar university for presenting paper at Asia Nano2008 conference

Singapore 2008

CSIR – Senior Research Fellow Award

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India 2008

Senior Research Fellow Award

Defence Research and Developmental Organization, Government of India 2007

Junior Research Fellow Award

Defence Research and Developmental Organization, Government of India 2004

Received Academic Award for Distinction in B.Sc.

Microbiology 2001

Overview of Current Research

Water Research
  • Nanobio-approach for environmental remediation
  • Nanobio-based material development for water purification
  • Effluent treatment
  • Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
  • Silver Crown Industries, Coimbatore

Tissue Engineering

  • Biomolecule functionalized scaffolds/nanocarriers for human meniscal tissue engineering
  • Functionalized bioink development for 3D bioprinting of cartilage and other tissue engineering applications


  • Ortho One Orthopaedic Speciality Centre, Coimbatore, India.
  • PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India
  • Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India
  • Innov4Sight Health and Biomedical Systems Private Limited, Bangalore, India
  • Arya Vaidya Pharmacy Research Foundation, Coimbatore, India.

Research Grants- As Principal Investigator

  • Bio-electrochemical reclamation of titanium and other rare earth metals from red mud waste using a microbial fuel cell approach, Funded by Ministry of Mines, (SNTMOM/331/2020) (2021-2022) (Approved).
  • Recovery of yttrium from spent process water after uranium extraction using surface modified magnetic core shell zirconium oxide nanoparticles” Funded by Water Technology Initiatives-Department of Science and Technology (WTI-DST), New Delhi. (DST/TMD-EWO/WTI/2K19/ EWFH/ 2019/117)-Action Research Stream; (2020-2023) (Ongoing).
  • Pilot scale demonstration of nanobubble technology for chromium removal from electroplating industry effluent (Technology Mission Division- Department of Science and Technology (DST/TMD(EWO)/OWUIS-2018/TS-4 (G)) (2019-2022) (Ongoing).
  • Development of gold nanoparticle based electrochemical immunosensor for snake venom detection using chicken egg yolk antisnake venom antibodies (IgY), Funded by. Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR), Govt. of India,(2018-2021) (Ongoing).
  • Design and development of lab scale prototype water purification system using modified hydroxyapatite based nanocomposites for removal of strontium in ground water Funded by. Water Technology Initiatives-Department of Science and Technology (WTI-DST), New Delhi. (2017-2020) (Completed).
  • Development of hybrid nanozyme-bacterial hydrogels for augmentation of uranium leaching from subsurface soil (PI) Funded by. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), New Delhi (2016-2017) (Completed).
  • Hydroxyapetite based ceramic adsorbent for strontium removal from drinking water (PI). Funded by. Water technology Initiatives-Department of Science and Technology (WTI-DST), New Delhi. (2014-2016) (Completed).
  • Microbial and chemical synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles and its application in the development of impregnated nanofibrous membrane for nitrate and fluoride removal from drinking water (PI). Funded by. DRDO-LSRB, New Delhi. (2012-2014)(Completed).
  • Development of Nanoporous S-layer Based Ceramic Membranes (Biocer) for Lanthanide and Simulated Actinide Separation (PI). Funded by. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), DAE, Kalpakkam, India. (2010-2012) (Completed).
  • Development of electrochemical biosensor for breast cancer detection using nanoparticle / CNT doped CA15-3 antibody and antigen interaction (PI). Funded by. PSG STEP-VILGRO Students project scheme (2011-2012) (Completed).

As Co-Investigator

  • Development of Portable, Microfluidic NH4+ Ion Selective Electrochemical Sensor Platform based on Functional Nano-TiN Films for Re-Circulating Aquaculture Systems for Sustainable Environment Funded by Water Technology Initiatives-Department of Science and Technology (WTI-DST), New Delhi (2019-2022) (Ongoing).
  • Development of textile based nano hybrids as smart singlet oxygen generators (Co-I). Funded by. Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS). (2014-2017) (Completed).
  • Surface activated nanofibrous scaffold for meniscal tissue engineering (Co-I). Funded by. Tamilnadu state council for science and technology (TNSCST). (2014-2016)(Completed).

SERB- National post doctoral fellowship

(N-PDF scheme)(through mentorship)

  • Dr. G. Ramadoss, Development of nano-bio solution for the treatment of textile industry effluent: A novel hybrid approach (2016-2018)(Completed).
  • Dr. C. Revathi, Functionalized MWCNTs and polymer modified Manganese di oxide (MnO₂) nanostructures (rods, sheets and porous) based printed electrodes for trace level detection of nitrite (NO²-) in ground water (2017-2019) (Completed).

Doctoral Research (Ph.D) – Awarded

  • Dr. S.P.Suriyaraj, Microbially synthesized TiO 2 nanoparticle based bio-nanocomposite impregnated nanofiber membrane for fluoride and nitrate removal from drinking water, Bharathiar University (2016)(Awarded).
  • Dr. Mamatha M Pillai, Biomolecules supplemented scaffold free and scaffold systems for human knee meniscus tissue engineering: an in vitro study, Bharathiar University (2017)(Awarded).
  • Ms. Elakiyya Venugopal, In Vitro Evaluation of WattakakaVolubilis Active Components Incorporated Nanocarriers For Cartilage And Bone Tissue Engineering, Bharathiar University (2018) (Awarded).
  • Ms. N.Seethalakshmi, Microbial And Chemical Synthesis Of Magnesium Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanomaterial For Strontium Removal From Drinking Water, Bharathiar University (2018) (Thesis Submitted).

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) – Awarded

  • Ms. H.Lakshmipriya, Porous three dimensional Silk-PVA hybrid scaffolds for human osteoblast MG63 cell attachment and proliferation in vitro, Bharathiar University (2017) (Awarded)
  • Ms. R.Poorvisha, Templated (Bacterial/Nanofiber) and Cation Doped Biocompatible Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles for Fluoride and Strontium Removal, Bharathiar University (2015) (Awarded)
  • Mr. S.P.Suriyaraj, Microbial synthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles and its application for removal of fluoride from aqueous solution. Bharathiar University (2014)(Awarded)
  • Mrs.Priya Gopinathan, Impact of silver nanoparticle decorated flagellar bionanocomposites on electrode performance in microbial fuel cells used for dye degradation Solution, Bharathiar University (2012)(Awarded).


Dual antimicrobial and anticancer activity of a novel synthetic α-helical antimicrobial peptide
Thankappan Bency, Sivakumar Jeyarajan, Asokan Sridhar, Ramasamy Mahendran, Mamatha M. Pillai, R Selvakumar, Angayarkanni J
European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2021,161, 105784
Rapid one-pot synthesis of PAM-GO-Ag nanocomposite hydrogel by gamma-ray irradiation for remediation of environment pollutants and pathogen inactivation
N Vignesh, S Sivaselvam, R Selvakumar, C Viswanathan, N Ponpandian
Chemosphere 2021, 275, 130061
Facile fabrication and characterization of Zn loaded cellulose membrane from cotton microdust waste and its antibacterial properties
N Vignesh, S. P Suriyaraj, R Selvakumar, Chandraraj K
Journal of Polymers and the Environment 2021,
Synthesis and characterization of anti-adhesion tricomposite electrospun nanofibers barrier membranes for use in post-surgical adhesion conditions
P B Sathish, R Narmadha, R Selvakumar
Materials Letters 2021, 285- 129038
Mesoporous ferromagnetic manganese ferrite nanoparticles for enhanced visible light mineralisation of azoic dye into nontoxic
Ramadoss Govindarajan, S.P. Suriyaraj, Sivaramakrishnan Ramachandran, Pugazhendhi Arivalagan, Selvakumar Rajendran
Journal of Herbal Medicine 2021,765, 142707
Advances in Ayurvedic medicinal plants and nanocarriers for arthritis treatment and management
V Elakkiya, Kannan Krishnan, Amitava Bhattacharyya, R Selvakumar
Journal of Herbal Medicine 2020, 24, 100412
Mesoporous Mg-doped Hydroxyapatite Nanorods Prepared from Bio-waste Blue Mussel Shells for Implant
Karunakaran Gopalu, Eun-Bum Cho, Govindan Suresh Kumar, Evgeny Kolesnikov, Gopinathan Janarthanan, Mamatha Muraleedharan Pillai, Selvakumar Rajendran, Selvakumar Boobalan, Kattakgoundar Govindaraj Sudha, Mohan Prasanna Rajeshkumar
Ceramic International 2020, 46(18)28514-28527
Influence of secondary oxide phases in enhancing the photocatalytic properties of alkaline earth elements doped LaFeO3 nanocomposites
T Vijayaraghavan, M Bradha, B Pradeepta, Parida Kulamani, G Ramadoss, V Vadivel, R Selvakumar, Ashok Anuradha
Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids 2020, 140, 109377
Elucidating the role of microstructural modification on stress corrosion cracking of biodegradable Mg-4Zn alloy in simulated body fluid
Deepa Prabhu, Jayakrishnan Nampoothiri, Elakkiya V, Narmada R, Selvakumar R, Gopalakrishnan P, Ravi K.R Sivasubramanian R
Material Science and Engineering C 2020, 106, 110164
Biodegradable cellulosic sanitary napkins from waste cotton and natural extract based anti-bacterial nanocolorants
G Sathiskumar, Aarthi Manisekaran, Senthilkumar R, Selvakumar R, Amitava Bhattacharyya
Journal of the Indian Institute of Science 99(3) 519
Knee Meniscus Injury: Insights on Tissue engineering Strategies Through Retrospective Analysis and In Silico Modeling
Mamatha M Pillai, J Gopinathan, Elakkiya V, Sundarrajan S R Sathishkumar M, Santosh Sahanand, Amitava Bhattacharyya, R Selvakumar
Journal of Indian Institute of Sciences 2019, 99(3) 429
One pot facile green synthesis of crystalline Bio-ZrO2 nanoparticles using Acinetobacter sp. KCSI1 under room temperature
S.P Suriyaraj, G Ramadoss, K Chandraraj, R Selvakumar
Material Science and Engineering C 2019, 105, 110021
Engineered knee meniscus construct: understanding the structure and impact of functionalization in 3D environment
Gopinathan Janarthanan, Mamatha M Pillai, Sahanand Santosh Kulasekaran, Selvakumar Rajendran,Amitava Bhattacharyya
Polimer Bulletin 2019, 77,2611-29
Electrospun PCL nanofibers blended with Wattakaka volubilis active phytochemicals for bone and cartilage tissue engineering
Venugopal Elakkiya, K Santosh Sahanand, Amitava Bhattacharyya, Rajendran Selvakumar
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine 2019,21, 102044
Sodium dodecyl sulfate mediated microwave synthesis of biocompatible superparamagnetic mesoporous hydroxyapatite nanoparticles using black Chlamys varia seashell as a calcium source for biomedical
Ceramics International 2019,45(12) 15143-15155
Ascorbic Acid-Assisted Microwave Synthesis of Mesoporous Ag-doped Hydroxyapatite Nanorods from Bio-Waste Seashells for Implant Applications
R. Selvakumar, Karunakaran Gopalu, Eun-Bum Cho, Kumar G. Suresh, Evgeny Kolesnikov, Gopinathan Janarthanan, Mamatha Muraleedharan Pillai, Selvakumar Rajendran, Selvakumar Boobalan, Mikhail V. Gorshenkov, Denis Kuznetsov
ACS Applied Bio Materials 2019 |2(5)| 2280-2293
Surface functionalized diatomaceous earth for effective adsorption of strontium from aqueous solution
R. Selvakumar, R Dhanapal, R Ravindran, N Seethalakshmi
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry | 2019 | 319(3) | 1301-1306.
In vitro evaluation of phytochemical loaded electrospun gelatin nanofibers for application in bone and cartilage tissue engineering
R. Selvakumar, Elakkiya Venugopal, Narmadha Rajeswaran, K Sahanand, Amitava Bhattacharyya
Biomed. Mater. | 2019 | 14 015004
Development and evaluation of finasteride loaded ethosomes for targeting to the pilosebaceous unit
R. Selvakumar, Vinny Wilson, Karthik Siram, Veintramuthu Sankar
Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology | 2018 | 46:8 | 1892-1901
Challenges and complexities in remediation of uranium contaminated soils: A review.
R. Selvakumar, G Ramadoss, Mridula P Menon, K K Rajendran, P Thavamani, Ravi Naidu, Megharaj Mallavarappu,
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity | 2018 | 192 | 592-603
Tissue engineering of human knee meniscus using functionalized and reinforced Silk-PVA composite 3D scaffolds: understanding the in vitro and in vivo behaviour
R. Selvakumar, Mamatha M. Pillai, J Gopinathan, R Senthil Kumar, G Sathish Kumar, S Shanthakumari, K Santosh Sahanand, Amitava Bhattacharyya
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A | 2018 | 106 (6) | 1722-1731
Carbon nanofiber amalgamated 3D poly-ε-caprolactone scaffold functionalized porous-nanoarchitectures for human meniscal tissue engineering: In vitro and in vivo biocompatibility studies.

R. Selvakumar, J Gopinathan, Mamatha M. Pillai, shanthakumari, Singaram Kothai, Dinakar Rai, Santosh Sahanand, Amitava Bhattacharyya

Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine | 2018 | 14 | 2247-2258
Human knee meniscus regeneration strategies: a review on recent advances

R. Selvakumar, MM Pillai, J Gopinathan

A Bhattacharyya Current Osteoporosis reports | 2018 | 16(3) | 224-235
Development of Colorimetric Cholesterol detection kit using TPU Nanofiber/ Cellulose Acetate membrane

R. Selvakumar, S Immanuel, V Elakkiya, M Alagappan

IET Nanobiotechnology | 2018 | 12(5) | 557-561
A Novel method to develop three dimensional (3D) silk-PVA microenvironments for bone tissue engineering – an in vitro study

R. Selvakumar, Mamatha Pillai, Elakkiya Venugopal, Lakshmipriya H, Janarthanan Gopinathan, Amitava Bhattacharyya

Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express | 2018 | 4(2) | 027006
Green synthesis of lignin based fluorescent nanocolorants for live cell imaging

R. Selvakumar, Mamatha M Pillai, Karpagam Jothi, Roshinabegham, Amitava Bhattacharyya

Materials letters | 2018 | 212 | 78-81
Hydroxyapatite particle (HAp) reinforced biodegradable Mg-Zn- Ca metallic glass composite for bio-implant application

R. Selvakumar, M Ramya, Mamatha Pillai, Baldev Raj, Ravi K R

Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express | 2018 | 4 (2) | 025039
Phase competition induced bio-electrochemical resistance and bio-compatibility effect in nano-crystalline Zrx-Cu100-x thin films

R. Selvakumar, B Geetha Priyadarshini, Vignesh N, Madhuri V, Vasantha Priya L, Sivakumar B, Elakkiya V, Angleo P C

Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology | 2018 | 18 (7) | 4534-4543
Extraction and modification of cellulose nanofibers derived from biomass for environmental application

R. Selvakumar, MP Menon, P.Sureshkumar, S.Ramakrishna

RSC Advances | 2017 | 7 (68) | 42750-42773
Stimulation of human osteoblast cells (MG63) proliferation using decanoic acid and isopropyl amine fractions of Wattakaka volubilis leaves

R. Selvakumar, E Elakkiya Venugopal, Govindarajan Ramadoss, Kannan Krishnan, Sujith Subash Eranezhath, Amitava Bhattacharyya

Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology | 2017 | 69 (11) | 1578-1591
Synergistic effect of electrical conductivity and biomolecules on human meniscal cell attachment, growth and proliferation in poly-ε-caprolactone nanocomposite scaffolds

R. Selvakumar, Gopinathan Janarthanan, Mamatha Pillai, Santosh K, Dinakar BK, Amitava Bhattacharyya

Biomedical Materials | 2017 | 12 | 065001
A facile and efficient single step ball milling process for synthesis of partially amorphous Mg-Zn-Ca alloy powders for dye degradation
R. Selvakumar, M. Ramya, M. Karthika, Baldev Raj, K.R. Ravi
Journal of Alloys and Compounds | 2017 | 696 | 185–192.
An in vitro 3D Model Using Collagen Coated Gelatin Nanofibers for Studying Breast Cancer Metastasis
R. Selvakumar, G Janani, Mamatha M Pillai, Amitava Bhattacharyya and C Sabarinath
Biofabrication | 2017 |
Cation doped hydroxyapatite nanoparticles enhance strontium adsorption from aqueous system: a comparative study with and without calcinations
R. Selvakumar, R.Poorvisha, N.Seethalakshmi, T.Vijayaraghavan, P. Thavamani, Ravi Naidu, Mallavarapu Megharaj
Applied Clay Sciences | 2016 | DOI | 10.1016/j.clay.2016.09.022.
Facile synthesis of yeast cross-linked Fe3O4 nanoadsorbents for efficient removal of aquatic environment contaminated with As(V)
R. Selvakumar, S. Rajesh Kumara, V. Jayavignesh, K. Swaminathan, N. Ponpandian
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science | 2016 | 484(15) | 183–195.
Optical Detection of CA 15.3 Breast Cancer Antigen using CdS Quantum Dot, Optical Detection of CA 15.3 Breast Cancer Antigen using CdS Quantum Dot
R. Selvakumar
IET Nanobiotechnology | 2016 | (Accepted) doi: 10.1049/iet-nbt.2016.0012.
Ultrathin hexagonal MgO nanoflakes coated medical textiles and their enhanced antibacterial activity
R. Selvakumar, VP Dinesh, S.Aravindh, S. P Suriyaraj, P Biji
Mater. Res. Express 3 | 2016 | 105005.
Rapid and efficient visible light photocatalytic dye degradation using AFe2O4 (A = Ba, Ca and Sr) complex oxides
R. Selvakumar, T. Vijayaraghavan, S. P. Suriyaraj, R. Venkateswaran, Anuradha Ashok
Materials Science and Engineering B 210 | 2016 | 43–50.
Advances in nanomaterial based approaches for enhanced fluoride and nitrate removal from contaminated water
R. Selvakumar, S. P Suriyaraj
RSC Advances | 2016 | 6,10565.
A combination of biomolecules enhances expression of E-cadherin and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gene leading to increased cell proliferation in primary human meniscal cells: an in vitro study
R. Selvakumar, Mamatha M Pillai, V Elakkiya, J Gopinathan, C Sabarinath, S Shanthakumari, K Santosh Sahanand, B.K Dinakar Rai, Amitava Bhattacharyya
Cytotechnology | 2016 | 68:1747–1761
Silk-PVA hybrid nanofibrous scaffolds for enhanced primary human meniscal cell proliferation
R. Selvakumar, Mamatha M Pillai, J Gopinathan, B Indumathi,Y.R Manjoosha, K Santosh Sahanand, B.K Dinakar Rai, R Selvakumar, Amitava Bhattacharyya,
The Journal of Membrane Biology | 2016 | 249(6) | 813-822
High density pellet culture for human knee meniscus tissue formation using a unique combination of medium
R. Selvakumar, Mamatha M Pillai, J.Gopinathan, Amitava Bhattacharyya, C Sabarinath, K Santosh Sahanand, B.K Dinakar Rai
Regenerative Medicine | 2015 | 10(7s):58
Synthesis and characterization of 3-dimensional hydroxyapatite nanostructures using thermoplastic polyurethane nanofiber sacrificial template
R. Selvakumar, R Poorvisha, S. P.Suriyaraj, P Thavamani, Ravi Naidu, Mallavarapu Megharaj, Amitava Bhattacharyya
RSC Advances | 2015 | 5:97773–97780
Carbon nanofillers incorporated electrically conducting poly e-caprolactone nanocomposite films and their biocompatibility studies using MG-63 cell line
R. Selvakumar, J Gopinathan, Mamatha M Pillai, V Elakkiya, Amitava Bhattacharyya
Polymer Bulletin (Accepted) | 2015 | DOI 10.1007/s00289-015-1533-y
Egg shell membrane – a potential natural scaffold for human meniscal tissue engineering: an in vitro study
R. Selvakumar, Mamatha M Pillai, Akshaya TR, V Elakkiya, J Gopinathan, K Santosh Sahanand, B. K. Dinakar Rai, Amitava Bhattacharyya
RSC Advances | 2015 | 5, 76019–76025
Biomolecule Incorporated Poly-e-Caprolactone Nanofibrous Scaffolds for Enhanced Human Meniscal Cell Attachment and Proliferation
R. Selvakumar, J Gopinathan, Mano Steffie, V Elakkiya, M Pillai Mamatha, K Santosh Sahanand, B. K. Dinakar Rai, Amitava Bhattacharyya
RSC Advances | 2015 | 5, 73552-73561
Scavenging of nitrate ions from water using Hybrid Al2O3/bio-TiO2 nanocomposite impregnated thermoplastic polyurethane nanofibrous membrane
R. Selvakumar, S.P.Suriyaraj, Mamatha M Pillai, Amitava Bhattacharyya
RSC Advances | 2015 | 5, 68420-68429
Investigation of porous silica nanostructures in diatoms isolated from Kurichi and Sulur lakes of Coimbatore, India. Using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy
R. Selvakumar
Micron | 2015 | 79, 24-28
Enhanced Cell-Wall Damage Mediated, Antibacterial Activity of Core-Shell ZnO@Ag Heterojunction Nanorods against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
R. Selvakumar, VP Dinesh, S. P Suriyaraj, T Vijayaraghavan, P Biji
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine | 2015 | 26, 204
Impact of silk fibroin based scaffold structures on human osteoblast MG63 cell attachment and proliferation
R. Selvakumar, Aneesia Varkeya,V. Elakkiya, S. PonJanani, J. Gopinathan, Mamatha M Pillai, Amitava Bhattacharyya
International Journal of Nanomedicine | 2015 | 10, 43–51
Hybrid Al2O3/Bio-TiO2 Nanocomposite impregnated Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU nanofibrous membrane for Fluoride removal from aqueous solution
R. Selvakumar, S.P.Suriyaraj, Amitava Bhattacharyya
RSC Advances | 2015 | 5, 26905-26912
Extremophilic Bacillus cereus MVK04 isolated from thorium ore sample possesses Self Assemblable Surface Layer Protein On Cell Wall to Resist extreme environments
R. Selvakumar, S.Aravindh, J. Ravichandran, U. Kamachi Mudali, C. Anandbabu, Baldev Raj
Geomicrobiology Journal | 2015 | 32:5, 445-452
Synthesis of photo catalytic La (1-x AxTiO3.5- (A= Ba, Sr, Ca) nano perovskites and their application for photo catalytic oxidation of congo red dye in aqueous solution
R. Selvakumar, Bradha Madhavan, S. P. Suriyaraj, Anuradha M Ashok
Journal of Rare Earths | 2015 | 33(2), 160-167
Recent advances in synthesis of inorganic nano/microstructures using microbial biotemplates and their applications
R. Selvakumar, N.Seethalakshmi, P.Thavamani, Ravi naidu, Mallavarapu Megaharaj
RSC Advances | 2014 | 4, 52156–52169
Room temperature biosynthesis of crystalline TiO2 nanoparticles using Bacillus licheniformis and studies on the effect of calcination on phase structure and optical properties
R. Selvakumar, S. P. Suriyaraj
RSC Advances | 2014 | 4, 39619–39624
Impregnation of S-layer protein isolated from extremophilic Bacillus licheniformis NARW 02 onto titanium phosphate ceramic enhances uranium removal from aqueous solution
R. Selvakumar, S.Aravindh, J.Ravichandran, U. Kamachi Mudali, C.Anandbabu, Baldev Raj
Current Science | 2014 | 106(12) 1719-1725
Photocatalytic removal of nitrate using TiO2/PAN nanofiber membrane synthesized by co-electrospinning process
R. Selvakumar, S. P. Suriyaraj, M. Benasir Begam, S. G. Deepika, P. Biji
Water Science and Technology: Water Supply | 2014 | 14(4) 554-560
Adsorption of fluoride from aqueous solution using different phases of microbially synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles
R. Selvakumar, S.P.Suriyaraj, T.Vijayaraghavan, P.Biji
Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering | 2014 | 2(1) 444–454
Effect of biotin and galactose functionalized gelatin nanofiber membrane on HEp-2 cell attachment and cytotoxicity
R. Selvakumar, S. Nazar Mohamed Mohaideen, S. Aravindh, C. Sabarinath, M.Ananthasubramanian
Journal of Membrane Biology | 2014 | 247(1) pp.35-43
A facile synthesis of silver nanoparticle with SERS and antimicrobial activity using Bacillus subtilis exopolysaccharides
R. Selvakumar, S. Aravindh, Anuradha M Ashok, Y. L. Balachandran
Journal of Experimental Nanoscience | 2014 | 9(10), 1075-1087
Silver Nanoparticle Impregnated Bio Based Activated Carbon With Enhanced Antimicrobial Activity
R. Selvakumar, S.P.Suriyaraj, V. Jayavignesh, K. Swaminathan
International Journal of Nanoscience | 2013 | 12, 1350024 [8 pages]
Differently Environment Stable Bio-Silver Nanoparticles: Study on their Optical enhancing and Antibacterial properties
R. Selvakumar Y.L.Balachnadran, S. Girija, S.Tongpim, A. C. Gutleb, S. Suriyanarayanan
PLOS One | 2013 | 8(10) , e77043/1-14
Bacterial flagella as biotemplate for the synthesis of silver nanoparticle impregnated bionanomaterial
R. Selvakumar Priya Gopinathan, Anuradha M Ashok
Applied Surface Science | 2013 | 276: 717-722
Analysis on surface nanostructures present in hindwing of dragon fly (Sympetrum vulgatum using atomic force microscopy
R. Selvakumar, K.Karthikeyan, P.Radhakrishnan
Micron | 2012 | 43, 1299-1303
Screening of silver nanoparticles containing carbonized yeast cells for adsorption of few long-lived active radionuclides
R. Selvakumar, S.Aravindh, C.P.Kaushik, V.G.Katarani, Vidya.S. Thorat, Prema Gireesan, V. Jayavignesh, K. Swaminathan, Kanwar Raj
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 201, 288:629–633
As(V) removal using carbonized yeast cells containing silver nanoparticles
R. Selvakumar, N. Arul Jothi, V. Jayavignesh, K. Karthikaiselvi, Geny Immanual Antony, P.R. Sharmila, S.Kavitha, K. Swaminathan
Water Research 201, 45: 583-592
Utilization of Modified Gloriosa superba Waste as an Adsorbent for the Removal of Reactive Dyes from Aqueous Solutions
R. Selvakumar, R.Ramalakshmi, K. Muthuchelian, K.Swaminathan
World Applied Sciences Journal | 2011 | 15 (3): 415-421
Liquid phase separation of As(V) from aqueous solution using pretreated Paecilomyces variotii biomass
R. Selvakumar, S.Kavitha, M.Sathishkumar, V.Jayavignesh and K.Swaminathan
Separation Science and Technology | 2010 | 45, 776-785
Nitrate removal using Brevundimonas diminuta MTCC 8486 from ground waters
R. Selvakumar S.Kavitha, M.Sathishkumar, K.Swaminathan, P.Lakshmanaperumalsamy, A.Singh, S.K.Jain
Water Science and Technology | 2009 | 60(2): 517–524
Adsorption potential of maize cob carbon for 2, 4-dichlorophenol removal from aqueous solutions: Equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics modeling
R. Selvakumar, M. Sathishkumar, A.R. Binupriya, D. Kavitha, R. Jayabalan, S.E.Yun
Chemical Engineering Journal | 2009 | 147: 265-271
Arsenic adsorption by polyvinyl pyrrolidone K25 coated cassava peel carbon from aqueous solution
R. Selvakumar, S.Kavitha, M.Sathishkumar, K.Swaminathan
Journal of Hazardous Materials | 2008 | 153(1-2): 67-74
Polyvinyl pyrrolidone K25 modified fungal biomass as biosorbant for As(V)removal from aqueous solution
R. Selvakumar, S. Kavitha, K. Swaminathan
Separation Science and Technology | 2008 | 15: 3902-3915
Organic micropollutant removal in liquid phase using carbonized silk cotton hull
R. Selvakumar, M.Sathishkumar, A.R.Binupriya, D.Kavitha, K.K. Sheema, S.E.Yun, K.Swaminathan
Journal of Environmental Sciences | 2008 | 20(9): 1046-1054
Purification and wash Performance analysis of thermostable extracellular alkaline protease produced by soil bacterium Bacillus sp. GOS-2.
R. Selvakumar, R.Sathishkumar, K.Swaminathan
Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences | 2008 | 10 (1), 29-35
Adsorption of As(v) from aqueous solution by chemically doped coir pith carbon
R. Selvakumar, S.Kavitha, K.Swaminathan
Indian Journal of Chemical Technology | 2007 | 14: 276-282

Book chapters written

Functionalization of scaffolds with biomolecules for various types of tissue engineering applications
R. Selvakumar, Amitava Bhattacharyya, J. Gopinathan, R. Sournaveni, Mamatha M Pillai
Advances in Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering | 2014 | ISBN 9781771881180 CRC-Apple Academic Press.
Perspectives of Nano-Biotechnology and its Application in Agriculture (Chapter 30) in Nanoagriculture Principle and Practices
R. Selvakumar
Sri Garuda Graphics Coimbatore | 2012 | ISBN No: 978-93-80769-14-1
Synthesis of Nickel Nanoparticle Embedded Mesoporous Silica Matrix.
R. Selvakumar, S. Muthu Lakshmi. S. Sindu, J. Jeyakodi Moses
MacMillan Advanced Research series | ISBN No: 978-935-059-049-2 | Chapter 62. Thin films and Nanomaterials | P.No:255-258 | MacMillan Publishers India Limited
Nanotechnology in forest sector (Chapter 17) in Conservation and Management of Forest Genetic Resources
R. Selvakumar, D.Thangamani, V.Elakkiya
Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding publishers | ISBN No: 978-93-82387-13-8 | P.No: 225-234.
Characterization Methods of Nanotechnology-Based Smart Textiles
R. Selvakumar, MM Pillai, R Senthilkumar, A Bhattacharyya
Smart Textiles: Wearable Nanotechnology | ISBN No: 978-1-119-46022-0 | 347-377

Patent / Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer :

IN-819376: Titled “Design, fabrication & method of producing micro, meso & nanoporous three dimensional(3D) scaffolds for tissue engineering using removable needle technology” through intellectual ventures, USA.

(IN-819376 (RFI-090182) dated 10 th October 2011)

Simultaneous removal of chromium and TDS from electroplating industry using nanobubble technology

Technology transferred to Silver Crown Industries, Coimbatore

Indian Patent filed/in progress :

Improved method of bacterial mediated biosynthesis of zirconium oxide nanoparticles

(Application no: 201741037496 dated 26.04.2019)

Production of cellulose membrane from cotton microdust

(Application No: 202041005994 Dated 12/02/2020)

Microbial Sequence Submitted to NCBI-GenBank (5)

GenBank accession number: (i) EU182579 (Published), (ii) JX469598 (published), (iii) JX469599 (published), (iv) KJ399985 (published), (v) KY851113 (unpublished)

Lab Alumni
  • Dr.Mamatha M.Pillai, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept of Bioscience and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay, Mumbai.
  • Dr.S.P.Suriyaraj, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, Chennai.
  • Dr.G.Ramadoss, Assistant Professor, Dept of Biotechnology, Saveetha University, Chennai
  • Dr. C. Revathy, Avinashi, Tirupur
  • Dr.V.Elakiyya, Bangalore
  • Ms. R. Poorvisha, Proprietor, Classic Finishers, Salem
  • Ms. Lakshmi Priya, Coimbatore
  • Ms. Janani G, PhD Research Scholar, IIT Guwahati
  • Ms. Steffi Mano, PhD Research Scholar, NUS, Singapore
  • Mrs. Ponjanani S, PhD Research Scholar, NUS, Singapore
  • Ms. Ashwini G, Hyderabad
  • Ms. Aneesiya Varkey, Junior Research Fellow, St. Johns Research Instititute, Bangalore
  • Ms. Manjoosha Y R, PhD Research Scholar, IIT Hyderabad
  • Ms. Akshaya T R, MS Research Fellow, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago
  • Mrs. Priya Gopinathan, Ph.D Scholar, Microfluidic Biochip lab, Institute of Nano Engineering and MicroSystems, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Dr. Aravindh Selvaraj, Director, Elies Biotech, Erode

Peer-assessment roles

  • Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier publications), Water Research Journal (Elsevier publications), Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier publications), Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier publications), International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (Inderscience publications), Separation Science and Technology (Taylor and Francis publications), Waste and Biomass Valorization (Springer publications), Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology (OMICS publishing group), Journal of Colloids and Interfaces B (Elsevier publications).

Membership in Institutional Bodies

  • Working Group Member, Centre for Environmental Analyses & Solutions, PSG institutions
  • Working Group Member, Waste Management group, PSG institutions
  • Member of Editorial board of PSGCASearch Journal(ISSN 2320 – 2254)

Membership in Professional Bodies

  • Life Member of Association of Microbiologist of India (AMI) (AMI/LM-197/2011)
  • Life Member of Materials Research Society of India (MRSI)
  • Life Member of Society for Biotechnology, India.
  • Life Member of Indian Society of Society of Systems for Science and Engineering.
  • Member of Australia Global Alumni, Dept. of Education and training,Govt. of Australia

Editorial Board membership in Journals

  • Member of Editorial board Clinical Trials in Orthopedic Disorders (ISSN: Print -2542-4157, Online – 2542-4165)
  • International Journal of Life Sciences & Research, (ISSN 2321 – 7812)
  • Accounts of Biotechnology Research (ISSN-2350-0656)
  • International Journal of Emerging Technology and Research (ISSN no: 2347 – 5900)

Other Academic activities

  • Program Coordinator- MS Material Science and Engineering (University of Newcastle, Australia)- at PSG institute of Advanced Studies
  • Admission Coordinator- Bharathiar University related research programs at PSG institute of Advanced Studies
  • Invited lectures delivered at National and International levels: 50.
  • Board of Studies member, Dept of Biotechnology, Adiyaman College of Engineering, Hosur (2014-2016).
  • Board of Studies member, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, KPR college of Engineering, Coimbatore (2019-2020).
  • Board of Studies member, Dept of Nanotechnology, Karunya institute of Technology, Coimbatore (2020-2021).
  • Doctoral committee member for Ph.D Students of Anna University, Chennai.
  • Doctoral committee member for Ph.D Students of Bharathiar University Chennai.
  • Expert committee member for syllabus setting for Dept. of Nanoscience and Technology, TNAU, Coimbatore.

Current Research Team- Ph. D Research Scholars

Nanobiotechnology Group
Ms. P. Nithya – Nagerathinam Research Fellow & Lab manager
Area of Research : Bio-functionalised nanomaterial for mitigation of antibiotic resistant bacteria in hospital effluents
Registration : Bharathiar University, Since 2017.

Ms. S. Janani – JRF-ICMR project- Ultracentrifuge incharge
Area of Research : Biosensor for snake venom detection,
Registration : Bharathiar University, Since 2019.

Tissue Engineering Group
Mrs. R. Narmadha – PSGIAS fellow & Lab Manager
Area of Research : Nanocarriers for Endometrium Regeneration
Registration : Bharathiar University, Since 2017.

Mr.P.B.Sathish – PSGIAS fellow (ICP-OES/ DLS/ UV-vis Spectrophotometer, 3D Bioprinter incharge)
Area of Research : Functional bioink development for 3D bioprinting of cartilage,
Registration : Bharathiar University, Since 2019.

Mr. E. Sujith Subash
Area of Research : Ayurvedic biology and tissue engineering
Registration : Bharathiar University, Since 2013.

Junior Research Fellows
Mr. C. M. Gokulraj (DST-TMD project-Water Research) (Bioreactors-incharge)
Mr. G. Alagharsamy (DST-WTI Project- Water Research) (MP-AES incharge)