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Dr. T. Rajagopalan

Dr. T. Rajagopalan currently serves as Associate Professor at department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore campus. 

Qualification: MSc, Ph.D
Ph: +91 422 2685000 Ext. 5734
Research Interest: Synthesis, Processing, Characterization & Application Development of Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene


Dr. Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan received Ph.D. (2002) in the field of Thin Films from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi with specialization towards materials physics. He has over fifteen years of post-doctoral research experience till date at various places including in Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, and then as a research assistant professor at University of Missouri – Columbia, USA previous to joining Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore, INDIA in May 2014 as Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics and Communication. He is also an adjunct research assistant professor (courtesy) at University of Missouri – Columbia.

His numerous publications – peer reviewed journals, book chapter, peer review proceedings and many conference presentations stand testimony to his vast expertise in the synthesis, characterization and testing of a rich variety of nanostructured materials including silicon, carbon nanotubes, graphene, metal oxides, metals and polymers with specific focus towards application development. He had received grants for his projects during his tenure as a research faculty in USA. He is also co-editing a book on Nanoenergetic Materials in association with a few faculty from IIT Kanpur, to be published by Dec 2018. As a co-inventor, he has received 2 US patents and two more applications are under review. He is a member of the Technology Team at University of Missouri, Columbia that received Nanotech Briefs’ Nano50 2007 Technology Award for Nanoengineered Superthermites and Shock Wave and Energy Generation. He has received over 1300 citations till date. As a co-author, he has received a few poster awards at conferences. He is a member of editorial board for the SCI journal, “Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing” and he is also recognized as an official reviewer for many SCI journals like Materials Research Express, Nanotechnology, Microsystem Technologies, Combustion and Flame, Journal of Applied Physics, Materials & Design etc. published by IOP and Elsevier besides others. He is a member of MRS, ACS and IEEE societies. He has also chaired a few sessions in International Conferences besides giving several invited talks at various Universities, Colleges and Research Institutes. His current research include nanoenergetic materials, RF detectors, carbon nanotubes and graphene & its derivative materials and their application aspects.


  • 2002: Ph. D. in Thin Films: Synthesis & Characterization
    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Delhi, INDIA
  • 1994: Masters in Physics
    Loyola College, Chennai

Qualified GATE – 1994 (Ph.D. Fellowship)

Professional Experience

Year Affiliation
May 2014 – Present Associate Professor, Dept. of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore
Domain : Teaching and Research
March 2014 – Present Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO, USA
Domain : Teaching
October 2007 – February 2014 Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO, USA.
Domain : Research
October 2012 – May 2013 Senior Project Manager, NEMS/MEMS Works LLC – On sabbatical from University of Missouri)
Domain : Research & Projects’ management
June 2006 – September 2007 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia MO, USA
Domain : Research
January 2004 – April 2006 Visiting Scientist, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva ISRAEL
Domain : Research
February 2003 – December 2003 Project Scientist, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, INDIA
Domain : Research
March 2001 – November 2002 Research Associate, Department of Physics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Domain : Research

Academic Responsibilities

S.No Position Class / Batch Responsibility
1. Course Mentor (Solid State Devices – Code: 15ECE111 ) 2015-16; 2016-17 and 2017-18 Organizing class committee meetings; Devising lecture & course plan; Question Paper & Quiz in consultation with other subject handling faculty
2. Class Adviser 2015 – 19 Counseling and Monitoring Academic Progress

Undergraduate Courses Handled

  1. Applied Electromagnetics
  2. Solid State Devices
  3. Analytical Instrumentation
  4. Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Post-Graduate / PhD Courses Handled

  1. Nanomaterials for Biomedical Engineering
  2. Nanosystems Design (Ph.D. coursework)
  3. Characterization of Nanomaterials (Ph. D. coursework)

Academic Research – PhD Guidance

SNo Name of the Scholar Specialization / Title Duration / Registration Status / Year
1. K A Pradeep Kumar Nuclear Radiation Monitoring using RF Detectors Deployed on an Air-borne Platform 2014 On-Going

Sponsored Research

S. No Title Agency Amount Duration Status
1. Design and Evaluation of a DRFM Mitigation System. National Instruments Academic Research, TX, USA $118000 USD 2016 -2019 On-going

Research Laboratories – Developed / Associated

Location Name and Year Sponsoring Agency Domain No. of Publications No. of Funded Projects No. of PG / PhDs
F-Block, AB-III SIERS LABORATORY National Instruments RF Engineering 5 1 1 (On-going)


Presentations at Conferences

  1. Naadaa Zakiyyan, Biyan Chen, Matthew Riehn, Aaron Wood, Sangho Bok, Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan, Cherian Mathai, Syed Barizuddin, Keshab Gangopadhyay, Matthew Maschmann, and Shubhra Gangopadhyay, “Laser Ignition on Aluminum-Polymer Nanoenergetic Systems Using Plasmonic Gratings” (Accepted for MRS Fall Meeting 2017)
  2. Anqi Wang, Sangho Bok, Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan, Cherian Mathai, Syed Barizuddin, Keshab Gangopadhyay, Matthew Maschmann, and Shubhra Gangopadhyay, “Synthesis and Characterization of a 3D-Macroscale RGO/Al/Bi2O3 Nanoenergetic Organogel” (Accepted for MRS Fall Meeting 2017)
  3. Naadaa Zakiyyan, Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan, Haisheng Zheng, Angi Wang, Keshab Gangopadhyay Matthew Maschmann and Shubhra Gangopadhyay, “Hierarchical Assembly of Molybdenum Trioxide 2D Sheets and Aluminum Nanoparticles” Poster presented at MRS Spring Meeting 2017 held at Phoenix, Arizone on April 17 -21, 2017.
  4. Naadaa Zakiyyan, Haisheng Zheng, Connor Wolenski, Angi Wang, Brandon Smith, Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan, Keshab Gangopadhyay, Matthew Maschmann, Shubhra Gangopadhyay,
    2D MoO3 Processing by Top Down and Bottom Up Techniques and Enhanced Combustion of 2D MoO3/Al Energetic Composites”, Presented at EMRS Spring Meeting 2017 under the symposium “Processing, characterization, modelling and applications of nanoenergetic materials (Energy Session) held at Strasbourg (France), from May 22 to 26, 2017.
  5. “Miniaturized Nanoenergetic Divergence Thrusters for Impulsive Projectile Control, (Honorable Mention) Nanotechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D), Tucson, Arizona, 2013.
  6. W.Chung,RThiruvengadathan,C.S.Staley,K.E.Raymond,KGangopadhyay, and S Gangopadhyay, “Functionalized Graphene for Formation of Self-Assembled Nanoenergetic Composites with Enhanced Combustion Performance” (Best PosterAward),Nanotechnologyfor DefenseConference(NT4D),Summerlin, Nevada,2012.
  7. Staley, K. Raymond, R. Thiruvengadathan, R. Taylor, S. Swaszek, K. Gangopadhyay, and S. Gangopadhyay, “Fast Impulse Nanothermite Miniaturized Thrusters”Nanotechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D), Summerlin, Nevada, 2012.
  8. ShramikSengupta,RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,Byung-DooLee,BrandonM. Smith,Sachidevi Puttaswamy,Keshab Gangopadhyayand Shubhra Gangopadhyay,Ultra-Rapid EliminationofBiofilmsOn Metal and Ceramic SurfacesViatheCombustionofa NanoenergeticCoating,2011AIChE Annual Meeting.
  9. S. Apperson, R. Thiruvengadathan, A. Bezmelnitsyn, S. Gangopadhyay, and L. Polo-Parada, “Nanothermite-based microsystem for drug delivery and cell transfection”, Presented in APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, AIP Conference Proceedings 1195, 2009, (Nashville, TN).
  10. RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,AndreyBezmelnitsyn, MaximShub, Steven Apperson, KeshabGangopadhyay, Shubhra Gangopadhyay, Paul Anderson and WendyBalas, “ProductionAndCharacterizationofSiliconNanostructuresforThe AdvancementofNovelEnergeticFormulations”,Oral Presentationatthe26thArmy ScienceConference, to beheld at Orlando,Florida,December1-4,2008.
  11. S. Apperson, R. Thiruvengadathan, A. Bezmelnitsyn,K. Gangopadhyay, S. GangopadhyayandL. Polo-Parada, “Nanothermite-BasedMicrosystemforDrug DeliveryandCellTransfection”,PosterPresentationatthe26thArmyScience Conference,tobeheldatOrlando,Florida,December 1-4,2008.
  12. SteveApperson,Luis Polo-Parada,RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,Keshab Gangopadhyay, andShubhraGangopadhyay, “Nanothermite-Based Micro- ImpulseGeneratorforCellTransfectionandParticleDelivery”,Posterpresented attheGordonResearchConferenceonEnergeticMaterialsheldonJune15-20, 2008,TiltonSchoolTilton, NH.
  13. SteveApperson,Andrey Bezmelnitsyn,RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,Keshab Gangopadhyay,Wendy Balas,PaulAnderson,SteveNicolich,andShubhra Gangopadhyay,“NanothermiteCharacterization:Reactivityand Mini/Micro- ThrusterPerformance”Poster presentedat theGordonResearchConferenceon Energetic Materialsheld onJune15-20,2008,TiltonSchoolTilton,NH.
  14. PEAnderson,WBalas,RThiruvengadathan,AVBezmelnitsyn,KGangopadhyay, S Gangopadhyay, ”SensitivityandPerformanceof Solution-phasesynthesizedNanothermiteMaterials” , International Annual Conference- FraunhoferInstitutFur ChemischeTechnologie,Volume39 (2008).
  15. DanielTappmeyer,Maxim Shub,Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan,Andrey Bezmelnitsyn,Keshab Gangopadhyay,SteveApperson,and Shubhra Gangopadhyay, “Electric Arc Production of Nanoparticles for Energetic Materials”,PosterPresentation, NationalAIChEConference,Philadelphia,PA, November16-21,2008.
  16. Daniel Tappmeyer,RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,AndreyBezmelnitsyn,Steven Apperson,KeshabGangopadhyay,ShubhraGangopadhyay,PaulRedner, Wendy Balas, Deepak KapoorandSteven Nicolich “NovelNanoenergetic Material Using PorousCopperOxideNanoparticlesand Aluminum Nanoparticles”,2007AIChE Annual Meeting
  17. SteveApperson, AndreyBezmelnitsyn,RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,Dan Tappmeyer,ZhenChen, KeshabGangopadhyay,,ShubhraGangopadhyay,Paul Redner, WendyBalas,DeepakKapoor, andStevenNicolich,“Characterizationof Shock WavesProducedByNanothermites”,Presentedatthe“Nano-Energetic Materials”technicalsession of 2007AIChEAnnual Meeting heldat SaltLake City, Utah onNovember4-9,2007.
  18. AndreyBezmelnitsyn,RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,SteveApperson,Rajesh Shende,KeshabGangopadhyay,ShubhraGangopadhyay, Paul Redner,Wendy Balas,DeepakKapoor, andStevenNicolich,“ReactivityofConventionaland ModifiedNanothermites”,Presentedat the“Nano-EnergeticMaterials”technical session of 2007 AIChE Annual Meeting held at Salt Lake City, Utah on November4 -9,2007.
  19. RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,SteveApperson,AndreyBezmelnitsyn,Keshab Gangopadhyay,ShubhraGangopadhyay, Paul Redner,WendyBalas,Deepak Kapoor,andStevenNicolich.,“ReducedElectrostatic DischargeSensitivityOf Nanothermites”,Presentedatthe“Nano-EnergeticMaterials”technicalsession of 2007AIChEAnnualMeetingheldat SaltLakeCity,Utahon November4-9, 2007.
  20. OrenRegev,Rajagopalan ThiruvengadathanandAttalShay,“Evaluation of NanotubesConcentration in Solution via UV-VisibleSpectroscopy”.SESSIONEE7: PosterSession: NanotubesandNanowires;Spectroscopic PropertiesandMedical andClinicalApplications,SymposiumEE:Applicationsof Nanotubesand Nanowires,April9-13,2007.ProceedingsMRSSpringMeeting,SanFrancisco, CA held onApril9- 13,2007.
  21. Vered Weiss, Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan and Oren Regev, “Carbon Nanotubes-LyotropicLiquidCrystalComposite”Poster presentedat the Jubilee NanotechnologySymposiumheldatBarIlanUniversity,RamatGan, ISRAELheld onMay 29– 31,2006.
  22. M.Jin,P.Boolchand,T. RajagopalanandK.L. Chopra, “Giantphotocontraction effects inobliquely-depositedchalcogenideglassthinFilms”,Presentedat the American Physical Society (APS) Meeting held on March 13–17, 2006 at Baltimore,MD, USA
  23. RajagopalanThiruvengadathan,YaelLevi-KalismanandOrenRegev, “A Simple Route to the Preparation of High Aspect Ratio Cadmium Sulfide Nanostructures inAqueous Solution”,PresentedatEastern MediterraneanChemical Engineering Conference(EMMC4) heldonJanuary9-11,2006atDeadSea,Israel.
  24. V. Korampally; M.R. Monique; S. Gangopadhyay and T. Rajagopalan, Semiconductor Quantum Wires ThroughOrdered Mesoporous Silica Templating, Posterpresentedat52nd MidwestSolidStateConferenceheldonOct8–9, 2005at Columbia,MO,USA.
  25. Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan and Oren Regev, “CdS Nanostructures Templated by MesoporousSBA-15Silica”,Posterpresentedat the25thGIF Meeting:NanotubesandNanowiresDresden(Germany),20– 23June2005.
  26. Rajagopalan Thiruvengadathan and Oren Regev, Hierarchically Ordered Cadmium SulfideNanowiresdispersed in AqeuousSolution,OralPresentation at the41AnnualMeetingofIsraelInstituteof Chemical Engineers(IIChE2005),Tel Aviv (Israel) 9June2005.
  27. S. Gangopadhyay,J.A. Lubguban,B. Lahlouh,G. Sivaraman,K.Biswas, T.Rajagopalan,N.Biswas,H.-C. Kim,W.VolksenandR. D. Miller,“Supercritical CO2Treatments for Semiconductor Applications”,OralPresentationMaterials ResearchSymposium ProceedingsVol.812F 4.6.1-F4.6.6 Materials,Technology andReliability forAdvancedInterconnectsand Low-k Dielectrics) MRS Spring Meeting,SanFrancisco,CA2004.
  28. S. Gangopadhyay, B. Lahlouh, T. Rajagopalan, N. Biswas, N. Mehta and J. A. Lubguban,“CreatingVoidsbyAnnealinga-SiC:O:HFilmsPreparedbyPlasma- enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition”, Oral Presentation at the American PhysicalSociety (APS) Spring Meeting heldatPalais desCongres deMontreal, Montreal,Quebec,Canada, March22-26,2004.
  29. J.A.Lubguban,B.Lahlouh,G.Sivaraman,K.Biswas,M.R.Ali,T.Rajagopalan,J. Sun, D.H.Huang,N. Biswas,S.L.Simon,R.Gale,LatikaMenon,and S.Gangopadhyay, “Supercritical CO2 Treatments ofPlasma-DamagedPorous Films”,OralpresentationPaperpresentedattheSecondInternational Surface CleaningWorkshop,Boston,MA,November 9–12,2003.
  30. B. Lahlouh,T.Rajagopalan,J.A. Lubguban, N. Biswas,S.Gangopadhyay,J. Sun, D. Huang,S.L. Simon,H.C. Kim,W. Volksen,andR.D. Miller, “Creating nanoporositybyselectiveextraction ofporogensusing supercritical carbon dioxide/cosolventprocessesin Materials”,OralpresentationTechnologyand Reliability for AdvancedInterconnectsandLow-kDielectrics—2003,editedbyA.J.McKerrow, J.Leu,O.Kraft,andT.Kikkawa(Mater.Res.Soc.Symp.Proc.766,Warrendale, PA,2003,p. 291.
  31. B.Lahlouh, N.Biswas,T.RajagopalanJ. LubgubanandS.Gangopadhyay,“Selective Extraction ofPorogensin Hybrid FilmsbySupercriticalCarbon Dioxide”Oral PresentationattheAmericanPhysicalSociety (APS) Spring Meeting heldat Austin,TXonMarch3–72003.
  32. B. Lahlouh, Rajagopalan, J.Lubguban, N.Biswas, S.Gangopadhyay, J.Sun, D. Huang, S.L.Simon, D.Tomaand R.Butler, “Supercritical Carbon Dioxide/HexamethyldisilazaneTreatmentofPlasma-DamagedLow DielectricConstant Films”,Oral presentation,AmericanPhysicalSociety(APS)SpringMeetingheldatAustin,TXonMarch 3–72003.
  33. S.Gangopadhyay, J.Lubguban, T.Rajagopalan, B.Lahlouh, J.Sun, D.Huang, S.L.Simon,W.Volksen, H.C.KimandR.D.Miller, “SupercriticalCarbonDioxide ProcessforFormingNanoporousDielectrics”OralPresentation, workin collaborationwithIBM,AlmadenResearchCenter,SanJose,CAattheUltra-Low KworkshoporganizedbyInternational SEMATECHatSanFrancisco,CA, USAon June6-7,2002.
  34. S.Gangopadhyay, T.Rajagopalan, B.Lahlouh, J.Lubguban, J.Sun, D.Huang, S.L.Simon,D.Tomaand R.Butler, “HMDS/SupercriticalCarbon DioxideTreatment ofPlasma DamagedNanoporousLowk Films”,Oral presentationTheFirst InternationalSurfaceCleaningWorkshopheldatBoston,MAonNov11–14, 2002.
  35. D.Toma, M.Biberger, R.Butler, J.Sun,T.Rajagopalan, B.Lahlouh, D.Huang, J.Lubguban, S.L.SimonandS.Gangopadhyay,UseofSCCO2Processing for IntegrationandFormationofUltra-LowKDielectrics;OralPresentation,at the Ultra-Low K workshop organized by International SEMATECH atSanFrancisco,CA, USAonJune6-7,2002.
  36. T.RajagopalanandG.B.Reddy,“FormationofhighlyorientedGeBiSeFilmsfrom As-depositedAmorphousStatebyAnnealing”,Oral presentation atThe International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF 2000)heldatSan Diego,CA, USAon10-14 April2000.

Book Chapter

Remediation of Organic Pollutants in Water

Authors : Dr. T. Rajagopalan, Dheenadayalan, Gangadharan

Publisher : Water Pollution and Remediation: Organic Pollutants, Inamuddin, Ahamed, M. Imran, and Lichtfouse, E., Eds. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021, pp. 501–517.

Organic pollutants in water and its remediation

Authors : Dr. T. Rajagopalan, Dr. Gangadharan D.

Publisher : Water Pollution and Remediation: Organic Pollutants, Springer International Publishing

Conference Paper

Sensor-Based Grip Strength Monitoring System for Stroke Rehabilitation

Authors : Dr. Binoy B. Nair, Dr. T. Rajagopalan, Sai Krishna, M. N. S. S. Ch.;Monesh Karthikkeyan, B. A

Publisher : Advances in Electrical and Computer Technologies, Singapore, 2021.

Journal Article


Nanothermite thrusters with a nanothermite propellant

Authors : Dr. T. Rajagopalan, Gangopadhyay, S. ; Apperson, S. ; Gangopadhyay, K. ; Bezmelnitsyn, A.

Reducing electrostatic discharge ignition sensitivity of MIC materials

Authors : Dr. T. Rajagopalan, Gangopadhyah, S. ; Bezmelnytsin, A. ; Apperson, S. ; Gangopadhyay, K.

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