Dr. Thangavelu Palaniselvam

Topics of research

 – anode materials for sodium-ion batteries

 – Sn-intercalated graphite composites

 – carbon-based nanomaterials with heteroatom doping

Professional career

March 2020 – present: Postdoctoral researcher

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. P. Adelhelm

 – March 2017 – February 2020: Postdoctoral researcher

Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Center for Energy and Evironmental Chemistry (CEEC)

Supervisor: Prof. P. Adelhelm

 – July 2015 – January 2017: Postdoctoral researcher

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Supervisor: Prof. P. Wang

 – October 2014 – June 2015: Postdoctoral researcher

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Supervisor: Prof. J.-B. Baek



 – Palaniselvam, T., Göktas, M., Anothumakkool, B., Sun, Y. N., Schmuch, R., Zhao, L., … & Adelhelm, P. (2019). Sodium storage and electrode dynamics of tin-carbon composite electrodes from bulk precursors for sodium‐ion batteries. Advanced Functional Materials29(18), 1900790. <link>

 – Das, S. K., Palaniselvam, T., & Adelhelm, P. (2019). Electrochemical study on the rechargeability of TiO2 as electrode material for Al-ion batteries with chloroaluminate ionic liquid electrolyte. Solid State Ionics340, 115017. <link>


 – Shi, L., Zhuo, S., Abulikemu, M., Mettela, G., Palaniselvam, T., Rasul, S., … & Wang, P. (2018). Annealing temperature effects on photoelectrochemical performance of bismuth vanadate thin film photoelectrodes. RSC advances8(51), 29179-29188. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., Shi, L., Mettela, G., Anjum, D. H., Li, R., Katuri, K. P., … & Wang, P. (2017). Vastly enhanced BiVO4 photocatalytic OER performance by NiCoO2 as cocatalyst. Advanced Materials Interfaces4(19), 1700540. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., Kashyap, V., Bhange, S. N., Baek, J. B., & Kurungot, S. (2016). Nanoporous graphene enriched with Fe/Co‐N active sites as a promising oxygen reduction electrocatalyst for anion exchange membrane fuel cells. Advanced Functional Materials26(13), 2150-2162. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., & Baek, J. B. (2015). Graphene based 2D-materials for supercapacitors. 2D Materials2(3), 032002. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., Valappil, M. O., Illathvalappil, R., & Kurungot, S. (2014). Nanoporous graphene by quantum dots removal from graphene and its conversion to a potential oxygen reduction electrocatalyst via nitrogen doping. Energy & Environmental Science7(3), 1059-1067. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., Biswal, B. P., Banerjee, R., & Kurungot, S. (2013). Zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF)‐derived, hollow‐core, nitrogen‐doped carbon nanostructures for oxygen‐reduction reactions in PEFCs. Chemistry – A European Journal19(28), 9335-9342. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., Aiyappa, H. B., & Kurungot, S. (2012). An efficient oxygen reduction electrocatalyst from graphene by simultaneously generating pores and nitrogen doped active sites. Journal of Materials Chemistry22(45), 23799-23805. <link>

 – Palaniselvam, T., Irshad, A., Unni, B., & Kurungot, S. (2012). Activity modulated low platium content oxygen reduction electrocatalysts prepared by inducing nano-order dislocations on carbon nanofiber through N2-doping. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C116(28), 14754-14763. <link>


 – Palaniselvam, T., Kannan, R., & Kurungot, S. (2011). Facile construction of non-precious iron nitride-doped carbon nanofibers as cathode electrocatalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Chemical Communications47(10), 2910-2912. <link>


 – Kannan, R., Aher, P. P., Palaniselvam, T., Kurungot, S., Kharul, U. K., & Pillai, V. K. (2010). Artificially designed membranes using phosphonated multiwall carbon nanotube-polybenzimidazole composites for polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters1(14), 2109-2113. <link>

Educational background

 Doctoral degree

 – Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), National Chemistry Laboratory, India (2009-2014)

Program: Physical and Material Chemistry, Prof. Kurungot

Thesis topic: Development of cost-effective nitrogen-doped carbonaceous materials for oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

 Master’s degree

 – The American College, Madurai Kamaraj University, India (2006-2008)

Program: Chemistry

 Bachelor’s degree

 – Gandhigram Rural Institute, India (2003-2006)

Program: Chemistry

Conferences & Visits


 – November, 2018: Shenzhen, China

2nd Chinese-German Symposium on Development of an Technology of Carbon Materials

Invited talk topic: Proficiency of holey graphene for storage and conversion applications

 – 2018: Jena, Germany

Alexander von Humboldt regional meeting

Poster topic: Sodium storage and electrode dynamics of tin-carbon composite electrodes from bulk precursors for sodium-ion batteries


 – January, 2019: Chennai, India

Asian Conference on Electrochemical Power Sources (ACEPS-6)

Invited talk topic: Facile construction of iron nitride-doped carbon nanofiber for oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells


 – March, 2010: Kochi, India

International Conference on Materials for the Millenium (MATCON 2010)

Awards & Accomplishments

 – 2018: European Commission under the Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018

Award: Seal of Excellence

 – 2017-2019: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship, Germany

Program: Postdoctoral scholarship

 – 2014:  NCL RF – Krishnan Award

Award: Best Published Research Paper with highest impact factor (I.F. – 30.5)

2009-2014: Member of CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowship, India

Passed: National Level Eligibility Test (NET)