Profile of Dr. R. Selvakumar

Professional Brief


Academic Details

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, NanoBiotechnology, Endeavour Research 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 Meniscal 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
  • Department of Biotechnology, IIT Delhi, Chennai, India
  • Silver Crown Industries, Coimbatore

Tissue Engineering


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

Grants - As Principal Investigator

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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).

As Co-Investigator

  • Development of textile based nano hybrids as smart singlet oxygen generators (Co-I). Funded by. Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS). (2014-2017)
  • Surface activated nanofibrous scaffold for meniscal tissue engineering (Co-I). Funded by. Tamilnadu state council for science and technology (TNSCST). (2014-2016).


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
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.


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.
patent file no: 2669/CHE/2013 | dated 19.06.2013

Microbial Sequence Submitted to NCBI-GenBank (4)

GenBank accession number: EU182579 (Published), JX469598 (published), JX469599 (published), KJ399985 (published)

Research Team

Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Dr.G. Ramdoss, DST National-Post Doctoral Fellow (Water Research)
Ph.D Scholars
  • Mrs. Mamatha M Pillai, (Meniscal Tissue Engineering)
  • Ms.V.Elakiyya, (Meniscal Tissue Engineering)
  • Ms. Seetha lakshmi (Water Research)
  • Ms. Mridula P. Menon (Water Research)
  • Mr. Sujith Eranezhath, (Water Research)
Research Fellows
  • Mrs. Fathima Safeeda (Senior Research Fellow, ONGC, Water Research)
  • Mr.K. K. Rajendran (PSGIAS Fellow-Water Research)
Intern Students
  • Ms. Narmadha R (Water Research)
  • Ms. Nithiya P (Water Research)
Lab Alumni
  • Dr.S.P.Suriyaraj, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dept of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, Chennai.
  • 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. Sournaveni, Coimbatore
  • Mrs. Priya Gopinathan, Ph.D Scholar, Microfluidic Biochip lab, Institute of Nano Engineering and MicroSystems, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  • Mr. Aravindh Selvaraj, Technical Manager, SKM Egg Products Export, 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 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 of PSGCASearch Journal(ISSN 2320 – 2254)
  • 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

  • Invited lectures delivered at National and International levels: 45.
  • Board of Studies member, Dept of Biotechnology, Adiyaman College of Engineering, Hosur (2014-2016).
  • 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.

Nanobiotechnology and Tissue Engineering Laboratory Students details

Dr. G. Ramadoss
Designation: Post Doctoral Fellow (SERB-NPDF)
Research Title: “Development of nanobiosolution for the treatment of textile industry effluent : A novel hybrid approach”
N. Seethalakshmi
Designation: Ph. D. Research Scholar (FT)
Research Title: “Microbial and chemical synthesis of magnesium doped nanomaterial for strontium removal from drinking water”.
V. Elakkiya
Designation: Ph. D. Research Scholar (FT)
Research Title: “In vitro evaluation of Wattakaka volubilis active components incorporated nanocarriers for cartilage and bone tissue engineering”.
Mridula P. Menon
Designation: Ph. D. Research Scholar (FT)
Research Title: “Integrated nanobio approach for the removal of toxic heavy metals from industrial effluents”.
R. Narmadha
Designation: Ph. D. Research Scholar (FT)
Research Title: “Development of biodegradable nanofiber based biomaterial for intrauterine applications”.
P. Nithiya
Designation: Ph. D. Research Scholar (FT) – Nagarathinam Research Fellow
Research Title: “Development of nanomaterials for removal of fluoride-based contaminants from groundwater”.
V. Balaji
Designation: Junior Research Fellow (DST – WTI)
Research Title: “Design and development of lab scale prototype water purification system using modified hydroxyapatite based nano-composites for removal of strontium in ground water”.
Sujith E Subash
Designation: PhD Research Scholar (PT)
Research Title: Water purification.
Rajendran K.
Designation: Research Fellow
Research Title: “Electroplating industrial effluent treatment using biological approach”.