INST Faculty Directory

Dr. Vijayakumar Shanmugam

Scientist D
Education :

♦ B.Sc.Agriculture (2001) , M.Sc. (2003) and Ph.D., (2006) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.

Experience :

♦ Department of Bio-Technology - Post Doc Fellow, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune from 2007-2009.

♦ National Science council Post Doc Fellow, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan from 2010-2014.


♦ To design nanoparticles suitable for agricultural practices like nutrient, pest and diseases management.

♦ To develop nanotechnolgy for food preservation with high nutrition quality and minimum chemical intervention.

Professional recognistions :

♦Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ICAR) National Eligibility Test June 2004

♦University SRF awarded for PhD (Based on Masters score) 2004

♦Department of Biotechnology, GoI - Post Doctoral Award 2007

♦Finalist in Swiss Young Researcher Idea Competition 2016

♦Reviewer in American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier (Outstanding reviewer award 2018 in Elsevier journal) and Springer journals.

Publications (Selected 10)

♦ Bindra, P.; Kaur, K.: Rawat, A.; Sarka, A. D.; Singh M. and Vijayakumar, S.* Nano-hives for plant stimuli controlled targeted iron fertilizer application. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2019, 375, 121995.

♦ Sharma, S.; Biswal, B. K.; Kumari, D.; Bindra, P.; Kumar, S.; Stobdan T. and Vijayakumar, S.* Ecofriendly fruit-switches based on graphene oxide for programed fruit preservatives delivery to extend shelf life. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 18478–18488.

♦ Sharma S.; Singh S.; Ganguli A. K. and Vijayakumar, S.* Anti-drift nano-stickers made of graphene oxide for targeted pesticide delivery and crop pest control. Carbon 2017, 115, 781-790.

Luo, C. H.; Vijayakumar, S.* and Yeh, C. S. Nanoparticle biosynthesis using unicellular and subcellular supports. NPG Asia Materials. 2015, 7, e209.

♦Vijayakumar, S.; Selvakumar S. and Yeh, C. S. Near-infrared light-responsive nanomaterials in cancer therapeutics. Chemical Society Reviews. 2014, 43, 6254-87. >350 Citations. (Cover page).

Vijayakumar, S.; Chien, Y. H.; Cheng,  Y. S.; Huang, C. C.; Chen,  Y. S.; Kumar,  U.; Hsu H. F. and Yeh. C. S. Oligonucleotides-Assembled Au Nanorod-Assisted Cancer Photothermal Ablation and Combination Chemotherapy with Targeted Dual-Drug Delivery of Doxorubicin and Cisplatin Prodrug. ACS Applied materials and interfaces. 2014, 6, 4382-93.

♦ Tsai, M. F.; Chang, S. H. G.; Cheng, F. Y.; Vijayakumar, S; Cheng, Y. S.; Su, C. H. and Yeh, C. S. On Design of Au Nanorod as an effective light-absorber in the First and Second Biological Near-Infrared Windows For In vivo Photothermal Cancer Therapy. ACS Nano. 2013, 7, 5330-5342. >200 Citations.

♦ Li, W. P.#; Vijayakumar, S.#; Huang, C. C.#; Huang , G. D.; Huang, Y. K.; Chiu , S. H. and Yeh, C. S. Eccentric Inorganic-polymeric Nanoparticles Formation by Thermal Induced Cross-linked Esterification and Conversion of Eccentricity to Raspberry-like Janus. Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1609-1611. (# equally contributed authors).

♦Chien , Y. H.; Tsai , M.F.; Vijayakumar, S.; Sardar, K.; Huang, C. L. and Yeh , C. S. Escape from the destruction of the galvanic replacement reaction for solid->hollow->solid conversion process in one pot reaction. Nanoscale. 2013, 5, 3863-3871.

Vijayakumar, P.S.; Abhilash, O.U.; Khan B. M. and Prasad B. L. V. Nanogold Loaded Sharp Edged Carbon Bullets as Gene Carrier for Plant Genetic Engineering. Advanced Functional Materials. 2010, 20, 2416- 2423.

Patent Grant:

♦ Prasad B. L. V.; Vijayakumar, P.S.; Abhilash, O.U. and Khan B. M. DNA loaded supported gold nanoparticles, process for the preparation and use thereof US 8759054 B2 Grant PCT number PCT/IN2010/000513.

Patent filed:

♦Vijayakumar, P.S.; M. Singh; A.K. Ganguli; Pulkit. Patent filed 201811001751 January 16, 2018. Fertilizer delivery system.


♦ Natarajan, S; Udayasoorian, C.;… Vijayakumar, P.S.; and Kavitha, R.; 2006. Composting technology and organic waste utilization in agriculture. Dept. of Environmental Science, TNAU, Coimbatore ISBN No 978-81-906394-0-8

Group members: PhD scholars

Sandeep Sharma: Metal selelnide/graphene oxide composite for agricultural application
Pulkit: Porous nanoparticles for plant response based nutrient delivery
Kamaljit Kaur: Engineering nanostructures for early plant disease sensing
Bandana Kumari Sahu: Nano Technology in fruit shelf life extension

Invited talk (Selected 5):

♦ P.S.Vijaya Kumar, Can nano turn farming more ecofriendly? Nano India 2019 conducted by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, 26-27 April 2019.

♦ P.S.Vijaya Kumar, Modern farm protection and production strategies based on nanotechnology. 21st Punjab Science congress by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.7th-9th February 2018.

♦ P.S.Vijaya Kumar, Attempts to adopt nanotechnology for the targeted pest and diseases control in crop and crop produceNanobiotechnology for Agriculture: From Research To Innovation” TERI Gram, India Habitat Centre, Gurugram,  New Delhi. 20th November 2017.

♦ P.S.Vijaya Kumar, Nano scale approaches on drug delivery, “Workshop Biactive compounds from medicinal plants: a wealth of novelties and opportunities.” conducted by DMAPR, Indian Council of Agricultural Research station, Gujarat,  1st to 21st Dec 2016.

♦ P.S.Vijaya Kumar, Sensors for seed sorting, “Workshop on Sensors for Agriculture & Food Technology” conducted by IIT, Chennai 14th and 15th, July 2016.

Professional member :

Environmental Protection Movement (Life member)

The Horticultural Society of India (Life member)

Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (Life member)

American Chemical Society (Annual member)

Media coverage :

Our research work on " anti-drift pesticide carrier", published in Carbon 2017, 115, 781-790, was covered by Rajya sabha TV program Science Monitor on 29.07.17. The coverage can be watched in the following link (starts at 15 minutes and 5 seconds) .


Tel: 0172 - 2210075
Email Id : psvijayakumar(at)inst(dot)ac(dot)in

Office Address :

Institute of Nano Science & Technology
Habitat Centre, Sector - 64, Phase X, Mohali