Navigation

Researchers at UCD

researcher

Thillai Sivakumar Natarajan

Postdoc Research Fellow Lvl Ii

School Of Chem & Bioprocess Engineering
Engineering Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353-017161691
Email: thillai.natarajan@ucd.ie

Biography

 Thillai Sivakumar Natarajan Joined the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering in November 2016 as the Post-Doctoral Researcher in Professor K. Ravindranathan Thampi research group, funded by Irish Research Council through Government of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowship. His research interest mainly focused on designing and development of photocatalytic materials and reactors for environmental remediation and energy production applications. Currently, he is working on development of novel visible light photocatalytic materials for solar water splitting (hydrogen production). He finished his B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemistry from Sri Paramakalyani College, Alwarkurichi, Tamil Nadu affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained his Ph.D., in Chemical Sciences from Academy of Scientific of Innovative Research/CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI), Gujarat, India in 2014.  Subsequently, he moved to South Korea and worked as post-doctoral researcher at Kyungpook National University for 1 year (Jan 2015-Dec 2015), funded by Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities & Students (PLUS), South Korea. Afterward he moved to Taiwan for post-doctoral research at Chung Yuan Christian University for 6 month (March 2016-August 2016), funded by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan. He has published 18 research papers and 3 book chapters in top international journals and books. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard)-FY2017
Year: 2016.
Title: Government of Ireland Post-doctoral Fellowship-2016
Year: 2014.
Title: Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship-2015-2016
Year: 2012.
Title: CSIR-Senior Research Fellowship
Year: 2008.
Title: Summer Research Fellowship
Year: 2008.
Title: University 3rd Rank in M.Sc., Chemistry
Year: 2007.
Title: Summer Research Fellowship
Year: 2003.
Title: School 2nd rank in XII (+2) standard
             

Education

Year 2014 Institution: AcSIR/CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
Qualification: PhD Subject: Chemical Sciences
Year 2008 Institution: Sri Paramakalyani College/ Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Qualification: MSc Subject: Chemistry
Year 2006 Institution: Sri Paramakalyani College/ Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
Qualification: BSc Subject: Major:Chemistry, Allied Subjects: Mathematics, Physics
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

K. Natarajan, Thillai Sivakumar N, R. I. Kureshy, H. C. Bajaj, W. K. Jo, R. J. Tayade (2015) 'Photocatalytic H2 Production using Semiconductor Nanomaterials via Water Splitting ¿ An Overview' In: Amir Al-Ahmed, Mohammad Kamal Hossain, Mohammad Afzaal and Haitham M. Bahaidarah (eds). Recent Advances in Renewable Energy Research. Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications Inc. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, K. Natarajan, H.C Bajaj, R. J Tayade (2013) 'Ultraviolet-light emitting diode (UV-LED) source based photocatalytic reactors for environmental remediation' In: INAMUDDIN (eds). Advanced Functional Polymers and Composites: Materials, Devices and Allied Applications (Volume 2). USA: Nova Science Publishers. [Details]
T. K. Pathak, N. H. Vasoya, Thillai Sivakumar N, K. B. Modi, R. J. Tayade (2013) 'Photocatalytic degradation of aqueous nitrobenzene solution using nanocrystalline Mg-Mn ferrites' In: Rajesh J. Tayade (eds). Photocatalytic Materials & Surfaces for Environmental Cleanup III. Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications Inc. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Synthesis of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes /TiO2 Nanotube Composites with Enhanced Photocatalytic Decomposition Efficiency (2017) 'Synthesis of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes /TiO2 Nanotube Composites with Enhanced Photocatalytic Decomposition Efficiency'. Catalysis Today, 282 :13-23. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N,H. C. Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2016) 'Palmyra tuber peel plant waste derived activated carbon and anatase TiO2 nanotube based nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic performance in rhodamine 6G dye degradation'. Process Safety and Environmental Protection: Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Part B, 104 :346-357. [Details]
W. K. Jo and Thillai Sivakumar N* (2016) 'Fabrication and efficient visible light photocatalytic properties of novel zinc indium sulfide (ZnIn2S4)-graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4)/bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) nanorod-based ternary nanocomposites with enhanced charge separation via Z-scheme transfer'. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 482 :58-72. [Details]
F.-C. Yen, T.-C. Chang, C. C. Hu, S. Laohaprapanon, Thillai Sivakumar N, S. J. You (2016) 'Feasibility of combined upflow anaerobic sludge blanket-aerobic membrane bioreactor system in treating purified terephthalic acid wastewater and polyimide membrane for biogas purification'. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4 (4):4113-4119. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, C.-H. Tsai, H.-L. Huang, K.-S. Ho, I. Lin, Y.-F. Wang (2016) 'Fabrication of Polyaniline Coated Plasma Modified Polypropylene Filter for Antibioaerosol Application'. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 16 :1911-1921. [Details]
W. K. Jo, J. Y. Lee and Thillai Sivakumar N* (2016) 'Fabrication of Hierarchically Structured Novel Redox-Mediator-free ZnIn2S4 Marigold Flower/Bi2WO6 Flower-like Direct Z-Scheme Nanocomposite Photocatalysts with Superior Visible Light Photocatalytic Efficiency'. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 :1000-1016. [Details]
W. K. Jo and Thillai Sivakumar N* (2015) 'Facile Synthesis of Novel Redox-Mediator-free Direct Z-Scheme CaIn2S4 Marigold-Flower-like/TiO2 Photocatalysts with Superior Photocatalytic Efficiency'. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 7 (31):17138-17154. [Details]
W. K. Jo and Thillai Sivakumar N* (2015) 'Influence of TiO2 morphology on the photocatalytic efficiency of direct Z-scheme g-C3N4/TiO2 photocatalysts for isoniazid degradation'. Chemical Engineering Journal, 281 :549-565. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, H. C. Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2015) 'Synthesis of homogeneous sphere-like Bi2WO6 nanostructure by silica protected calcination with high visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity under direct sunlight'. CrystEngComm, 17 :1037-1049. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, K. Natarajan, H. C. Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2013) 'Enhanced photocatalytic activity of bismuth doped TiO2 nanotubes under direct sunlight irradiation for degradation of rhodamine B dye'. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 15:1669 :1-18. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, H. C. Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2014) 'Preferential adsorption behavior of methylene blue dye onto surface hydroxyl group enriched TiO2 nanotube and its photocatalytic regeneration'. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 433 :104-114. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, H. C. Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2014) 'Enhanced direct sunlight photocatalytic oxidation of methanol using nanocrystalline TiO2 calcined at different temperature'. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 16:2713 :1-16. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, K. Natarajan, H. C Bajaj, R. J Tayade (2013) 'Study on identification of leather industry wastewater constituents and its photocatalytic Treatment'. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 10 (4):855-864. [Details]
K. Natarajan, Thillai Sivakumar N, H. C Bajaj, R. J Tayade (2011) 'Photocatalytic reactor based on UV-LED/TiO2 coated quartz tube for degradation of dyes'. Chemical Engineering Journal, 178 :40-49. [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, K. Natarajan, H. C Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2011) 'Energy Efficient UV-LED Source and TiO2 Nanotube Array-Based Reactor for Photocatalytic Application'. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50 (13):7753-7762. Available Online [Details]
Thillai Sivakumar N, M. Thomas, K. Natarajan, H. C Bajaj, R. J. Tayade (2011) 'Study on UV-LED/TiO2 process for degradation of Rhodamine B dye'. Chemical Engineering Journal, 169 (1-3):126-134. Available Online [Details]
R. J. Tayade, Thillai Sivakumar N, H. C. Bajaj (2009) 'Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue Dye Using Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes'. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 48 (23):10262-10267. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Thillai Sivakumar N, R. Venkataraman (2010) 'Phytochemical and pharmacological studies on plant waste materials' Der Pharmacia Sinica 1 :1-6. [Details]
                                                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

1. Heterogeneous Photocatalysis
2. Designing of novel photocatalytic materials
3. Development of Photocatalytic reactors 
4. Photocatalytic degradation of water pollutants
5. Photocatalytic water splitting (H2 production)
6. Photocatalytic carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction