Research Interests

Development of carbon based materials for fuel cells and water splitting reactions

Selected Publications

  • Artificially designed membranes using phosphonated multiwall carbon nanotube-polybenzimidazole composites for polym...
    R. Kannan, P. Aher, T. Palaniselvam, K. Sreekumar, U. K. Kharul and V. K. Pillai
    J. Phys. Chem. Lett.1, 2109-2113, (2010)
  • Facile construction of non-precious iron nitride-doped carbon nanofibers as cathode electrocatalysts for proton exc...
    T. Palaniselvam, R. Kannan and S. Kurungot
    Chem. Commun. 47, 2910-2912, (2011)
  • Activity modulated low-platinum content oxygen reduction electrocatalysts prepared by inducing nano-order dislocati...
    T. Palaniselvam, A. Irshad, B. Unni, and S. Kurungot
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 116, 14754-14763, (2012)
  • An efficient oxygen reduction electrocatalyst from graphene by simultaneously generating pores and nitrogen doped a...
    T. Palaniselvam, H. B. Aiyappa and S. Kurungot
    J. Mater. Chem. 22, 23799-23805, (2012)
  • Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework (ZIF) - derived, hollow-core, nitrogen-doped carbon nanostructures for oxygen reduct...
    T. Palaniselvam, B. P. Biswal, R. Banerjee and S. Kurungot
    Chem. Eur. J, 19, 9335-9342, (2013)
  • Nanoporous graphene by quantum dots removal from graphene and its conversion as potential oxygen reduction electroc...
    T. Palaniselvam, O. V. Manila, R. Illathvalappil and S. Kurungot
    Energy Environ. Sci, 7, 1059-1067, (2014)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, NCL, Pune, India, 2014
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, The American College, Madurai, India, 2008
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, India, 2006

Professional Profile


  • 2015-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, UNIST, Ulsan, South Korea​

KAUST Affiliations


  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​