Naveen Kumar Elumalai


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Electrospinning, Green Hydrogen, Solar Cells, Optoelectronics, Self-Cleaning Coatings, Material Science and Nanotechnology, Energy Storage (Batteries), Functional Composites, Additive Manufacturing, Impedance Spectroscopy

Research interests

Driving Innovations in Clean Energy Technologies and Sustainable Materials for a Greener Future


Welcome to the research profile of Dr Naveen Elumalai, a distinguished expert in clean energy technologies and sustainable material systems. Recognized among the top 2% of scientists globally by Stanford University in 2022, he is committed to addressing the growing global energy demand and material needs of humanity through cutting-edge research and collaborative initiatives.

He has authored over 70 articles in prestigious international journals, with an h-index of 36 and 4,324 citations as of March 2023. (Google Scholar)

Dr Naveen's research group is at the forefront of developing innovative clean energy technologies and sustainable materials to address the increasing global energy demand and material needs. His interdisciplinary research program focuses on the synthesis and characterization of advanced nanostructured materials and devices, utilizing the expertise in nanomaterials engineering, device fabrication, and advanced opto-electronic characterization methods.

His research interests encompass a wide range of cutting-edge topics, including:

  1. Energy materials: Exploring novel materials for energy generation, storage, and conversion to promote sustainable energy solutions.
  2. Electrospinning nanostructures: Investigating the fabrication and applications of electrospun nanofibers for energy devices and systems.
  3. Green hydrogen: Developing efficient methods for hydrogen production and storage, promoting a sustainable and carbon-free energy source.
  4. Air-stable batteries and PEC cells: Advancing the development of high-performance batteries and photoelectrochemical cells for renewable energy applications.
  5. Organic and perovskite solar cells: Creating next-generation solar cells with improved efficiency, stability, and scalability.
  6. Photocatalytic self-cleaning coatings: Engineering functional coatings that harness solar energy for self-cleaning and environmental remediation.
  7. Advanced manufacturing: Collaborating with the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (AMA) to develop novel materials and alloys for additive manufacturing applications in various industries.
  8. Advanced electrochemical characterization: Applying state-of-the-art electrochemical techniques to study and analyze energy materials and devices.

Dr Naveen’s research group aims to make a lasting impact on the global clean energy landscape and contribute to a more sustainable future.


  1. Interdisciplinary Expertise: Dr Naveen's research program encompasses nanomaterials engineering, device fabrication, and advanced opto-electronic characterization methods, providing a comprehensive environment for you to explore diverse applications in clean energy technologies.
  2. High-Impact Research: Dr Naveen has made significant contributions to energy materials and electrospinning research, with more than 50+ publications, including a world-record performance in PV devices and highly efficient semi-transparent organic solar cells for power-generating window applications.
  3. Collaborative Opportunities: Engage in ongoing collaborations with prestigious institutions in Australia and worldwide, including UNSW Sydney, QUT Brisbane, Murdoch University, Curtin University, National University of Singapore, Morgan State University, and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen Nürnberg, Germany.
  4. Advanced Techniques: Gain hands-on experience in electrospinning techniques for nanofiber synthesis, electrochemical characterization, and the development of novel materials and alloys for additive manufacturing applications in various industries.
  5. Advanced Technologies: Delve into ground-breaking research topics such as energy materials, electrospinning nanostructures, green hydrogen, air-stable batteries, PEC cells, organic and perovskite solar cells, photocatalytic self-cleaning coatings, advanced manufacturing, and advanced electrochemical characterization.

As a PhD or HDR student, you will have the opportunity to embark on a fulfilling journey toward a sustainable future, work with world-class researchers, and develop your skills in a stimulating environment that nurtures innovation, collaboration, and excellence.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, National University of Singapore


Award Date: 31 Mar 2014

Bachelor, Anna University


Award Date: 31 Aug 2007

External positions

Lecturer, Curtin University Malaysia

Jun 2018Jul 2020

Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

Mar 2015Feb 2018

Research Fellow, University of South Australia

Feb 2014Feb 2015

Project Engineer, Wipro Technologies

Sept 2007May 2009


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