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Dr. P.S.Vijayakumar

Assistant Professor (Scientist-D)

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.


Research Interest

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Research Highlights

  • Dr. Vijayakumar’s research group works on

    • fabrication of sensors for the agro-application
    • food fortification with nanodevices.
    • the carbon nanomaterial and mesoporous silica for the smart preservative and targeted agrochemicals application
    • nano-carbon wrapper for the fruit packing


PhD Students


    Email: sarita.ph20219@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH20219

    Working Since Aug, 2020

    Email: parul.ph20218@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH20218

    Working Since Aug, 2020

    Email: prem.ph20220@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH20220

    Working Since Aug, 2020
  • Ms.Kamaljit Kaur

    Email: kamal.ph17225@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH17225

    Working Since Jan, 2018
  • Ms. Bandana Kumari Sahu

    Email: bandana.ph18223@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH18223

    Working Since Jan, 2019
  • Ms. Mahima Chandel

    Email: mahima.ph19230@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH19230

    Working Since Jan, 2020
  • Mr. Pulkit

    Email: pulkit.ph14215@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14215

    Working Since Jan, 2015

PhD Students

  • Mr. Sandeep

    Email: sandeep.ph14224@inst.ac.in

    Reg. No.: PH14224

  1. Upconversion Nanodevice-Assisted Healthy Molecular Photocorrection: Kamaljit Kaur, Pulkit Bindra, Sanjit Mondal, Wei-Peng Li, Sandeep Sharma, Bandana Kumari Sahu, Boddu S. Naidu, Chen-Sheng Yeh, Ujjal K. Gautam, and Vijayakumar Shanmugam, (2020) ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, . DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c01244

  2. Effect of galvanotaxic graphene oxide on chloroplast activity: Interaction quantified with Biolayer-Interferometry coupled confocal microscopy: Sharma S., Sahu B., Srinivasan S., Singh M., G. Jayamurugan., Vijayakumar S.*, (2020) Carbon, 162: 147-156. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2020.02.054

  3. Nano-hives for plant stimuli controlled targeted iron fertilizer application: Pulkit Bindra,Kamaljit Kaur,Ashima Rawat,Abir De Sarkar,Monika Singh,Vijayakumar Shanmugam, (2019) Chemical Engineering Journal, 375: 121995.. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2019.121995

  4. Ecofriendly fruit-switches based on graphene oxide for programed fruit preservatives delivery to extend shelf life: Sharma S., Biswal B. K., Kumari D., Bindra P., Kumar S., Stobdan T.,Vijayakumar S.*, (2018) ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10: 18478–18488.. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b02048

  5. Anti-drift nano-stickers made of graphene oxide for targeted pesticide delivery and crop pest control: Sharma S.,Singh S.,Ganguli A. K.,Vijayakumar S.*, (2017) Carbon, 115: 781-790.. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.01.075

  6. Near-infrared light-responsive nanomaterials in cancer therapeutics: Vijayakumar S., Selvakumar S. ,Yeh C.S., (2014) Chemical Society Reviews, 43: 6254-87. DOI: 10.1039/c4cs00011k (>450 Citations)

  7. Oligonucleotides-Assembled Au Nanorod-Assisted Cancer Photothermal Ablation and Combination Chemotherapy with Targeted Dual-Drug Delivery of Doxorubicin and Cisplatin Prodrug: Vijayakumar S., Chien Y.H., Cheng Y.S., Liu T.Y., Huang C.C.,Su C.H.,Chen Y.S.,Kumar U.,Hsu H.F.*,Yeh C.S.*, (2014) ACS Applied materials and interfaces, 6: 4382-93.. DOI: 10.1021/am5000905

  8. Eccentric Inorganic-polymeric Nanoparticles Formation by Thermal Induced Cross-linked Esterification and Conversion of Eccentricity to Raspberry-like Janus: Li W.P.#, Vijayakumar S.#, Huang C.C.#, Huang G.D., Huang Y.K., Chiua S.H. , Yeh C.S., (2013) Chem. Commun, 49: 1609-1611.. DOI: 10.1039/C3CC37671K

  9. Escape from the destruction of the galvanic replacement reaction for solid->hollow->solid conversion process in one pot reaction: Chien Y.H., Tsai M.F., Vijayakumar S., Sardar K.,Huang C.L.,Yeh C.S., (2013) Nanoscale, 5: 3863-3871.. DOI: 10.1039/C3NR00100H

  10. 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: Li W.P., Vijayakumar S., Huang C.C., Huang G.D., Huang Y.K.,Chiu S.H.,Yeh C.S., (2013) ACS Nano, 7: 5330-5342. DOI: 10.1021/nn401187c

  11. Nanogold Loaded Sharp Edged Carbon Bullets as Gene Carrier for Plant Genetic Engineering: Vijayakumar S.,Abhilash O.U.,Khan B.M.,Prasad B.L.V., (2010) Advanced Functional Materials, 20: 2416- 2423. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200901883

  1. Composting technology and organic waste utilization in agriculture: Natarajan S, Udayasoorian C., Kavitha, (2006) Dept. of Environmental Science, .

  1. Nanoparticle composite for delivery of fertilizer. Patent filed201811001751: P.S. Vijayakumar,M. Singh,A.K. Ganguli,Pulkit, (2018) .

  2. DNA loaded supported gold nanoparticles, process for the preparation and use thereof US 8759054 B2 Grant PCT number PCT/IN2010/000513supported gold nanoparticles, process for the preparat: Prasad B. L. V., Abhilash O.U., Khan B. M., (2012) .


  • Fabrication of low cost real time sensor for early crop pest monitoring and management. 3 years, SERB
    Funding Amount: -
    PI: Dr. P.S.Vijayakumar
  • Design of controlled and targeted agricultural pesticide delivery nano-carrier with copper- graphene oxide composite 3 years, DST nano mission
    Funding Amount: -
    PI: Dr. P.S.Vijayakumar Co-PI: Dr. Vivek Bagchi

  • 2006


    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

  • 2003


    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India

  • 2001


    Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India.

  • National Science council Post Doc Fellow:National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (January 2010 to January 2014 )

  • Department of Bio-Technology - Post Doc Fellow:National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (January 2007 to January 2009 )

Awards & Honours

  • Reviewer in Americal Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier (Outstanding reviewer award 2018), Nature publication and Springer journals.
  • Finalist in Swiss Young Researcher Idea Competition https://swisslitho.com/young-researcher-idea-competition/ 

  • National Science Council, Taiwan -Post Doctoral Award 

  • Department of Biotechnology, GoI - Post Doctoral Award 

  • University SRF awarded for PhD (Based on Masters score)


  • Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ICAR) National Eligibility Test 

Professional Recognitions

  • Environmental Protection Movement (Life member)

  • The Horticultural Society of India (Life member)

  • Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (Life member)

  • American Chemical Society (Annual member)