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Dr. SUBRAMANIAN Tamil Selvan (Adjunct @ NUS, Bioengineering)
Name: Dr. SUBRAMANIAN Tamil Selvan (Adjunct @ NUS, Bioengineering)
Designation: Scientist III
Capability Group / Department: Synthesis & Integration
Address: 3, Research Link, Singapore 117602
Tel: (65) 68745249
Adjunct Appointments
Organisation National University of Singapore
Department Division of Bioengineering
Appointment in Organisation Assoc Prof
Research Interests/Areas
  • Nanotechnology: Metal-polymer and quantum dot-silica nanocomposites for photonics applications
  • Nanobiotechnology: Non-toxic quantum dots and magnetic nanoparticles for bioimaging, drug delivery applications
  • Energy: Solar cells and batteries
Specialised Expertise
  • Synthesis of metal (e.g. Au, Ag), II-VI quantum dots (e.g. CdSe, CdTe), IV-VI quantum dots (e.g. PbS, PbSe) and magnetic (e.g. iron oxide) nanoparticles
  • Solution phase synthesis of bifunctional magnetic-quantum dot nanocomposites
  • Sol-gel synthesis of quantum dot-silica nanocomposites
  • Solution phase synthesis of metal-conducting polymer nanocomposites
  • Electrochemical characterization of battery electrode materials


  • Multi-functional nanoparticles for bioimaging and drug delivery applications
  • Antibacterial nanoparticles for consumer care applications
Working Experience
  • Apr 2007-Aug 2008
Principal Research Scientist (RSE 3), IBN, Singapore
  • Aug 2003-Mar 2007
Senior Research Scientist (RSE 3), IBN, Singapore
  • Jan 2003-July 2003
Research Fellow, IME, Singapore
  • Nov 2002-Jan 2003
Visiting Scientist, AIST, Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 2000-July 2002
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 1999-Mar 2000
Visiting Scientist, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Oct 1997-Mar 1999
JSPS Fellow, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Nov 1995-Apr 1997
Humboldt Fellow, University of Ulm, Germany
  • Apr 1993- Oct 1995
Research Associate, CECRI, Karaikudi, India


Academic Qualifications
  • Ph.D., Central Electrochemical Research Institute (Awarded by Madurai Kamaraj University), India, 1992
  • M.Sc., Alagappa University, India, 1987
  • B.Sc., A.N.J.A. College (Madurai Kamaraj University), India, 1985
Honours and Awards
  • 2013
Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports (Nature Publsihing Group)
Organizer, Symposium BB “Nanomedicine”, ICMAT, Singapore
  • 2012
Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare
SPIE BIOS: Invited Speaker, Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications VII, San Francisco


  • 2011
SPIE BIOS: Chair and Invited Speaker, Colloidal Quantum Dots/Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications, San Francisco
  • 2009
Organizer, Symposium B “Nanomaterials for Bioimaging and Biosensing”, ICMAT, Singapore
  • 2007
External Reviewer, Ph.D Thesis Evaluation
  • 2006
Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2005
Outstanding Mentor Award, Youth Research Program, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore
  • 2005
NSERC Canada - Strategic Grant Proposal Evaluation, International Reviewer
  • 1997
Award of JSPS fellowship, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • 1995
Award of Humboldt Fellowship, University of Ulm, Germany
  • 1992
Award of CSIR Research Associateship, Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), India
Other Professional Appointments / Membership


  • 2011-Present
Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, NUS
  • 2011-
SPIE BIOS Advisory Board, San Francisco
  • 2007- 2008
American Chemical Society, Member
  • 2007- 2008
Royal Society of Chemistry, Member
  • 2007- 2009
Materials Research Society (MRS-USA), Member
  • 2003- Present
Materials Research Society Singapore (MRS-S), Member
  • 2008- Present
The Open Materials Science Journal, Editorial Advisory Board
  • 2000- Present
American Chemical Society, Elsevier and Wiley Journals, Reviewer
Selected Publications


  • M. Mahmoudi, J. Meng, X. Xue, X. J. Liang, M. Rahman, C. Pfeiffer, R. Hartmann, P. R. Gil, B. Pelaz, W. J. Parak, P. del Pino, S. Carregal-Romero, A. G. Kanaras, S. T. Selvan*, Interaction of stable colloidal nanoparticles with cellular membranes. Biotechnology Advances 2014, 32(4):679-92.
  • Y. Zhang, G. K. Das, V. Vijayaragavan, Q. C. Xu, P. Padmanabhan, K. K. Bhakoo, S. T. Selvan*, T. T. Y. Tan*, “Smart” theranostic lanthanide nanoprobes with simultaneous up-conversion fluorescence and tunable T1–T2 magnetic resonance imaging contrast and near-infrared activated photodynamic therapy. Nanoscale, 2014, 6(21):12609-17.
  • C. Y. Ang, S. Y. Tan, Y. Lu, L. Bai, M. Li, P. Li, Q. Zhang, S.T. Selvan, Y. Zhao "Turn-on" fluorescence probe integrated polymer nanoparticles for sensing biological thiol molecules. Scientific Reports 2014, 4, 7057; DOI:10.1038/srep07057.
  • C. Y. Ang, Si Yu Tan, X. Wang, Q. Zhang, M. Khan, L. Bai, S. T. Selvan, X. Ma, L. Zhu, K. T. Nguyen, N. S. Tan, Y. Zhao, Supramolecular nanoparticle carriers self-assembled from cyclodextrin- and adamantane-functionalized polyacrylates for tumor-targeted drug delivery. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2014, 2, 1879-1890.
  • S. K. Yen, D. Janczewski, J. L. Lakshmi, S. B. Dolmanan, S. Tripathy, V. H. B. Ho, V. Vijayaragavan, A. Hariharan, P. Padmanabhan, K. K. Bhakoo, T. Sudhaharan, S. Ahmed, Y. Zhang, S.T. Selvan*, Design and Synthesis of Polymer-Functionalized NIR Fluorescent Dyes – Magnetic Nanoparticles for Bioimaging. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 6796-6805.
  • K. Narayanan*, S. K. Yen, Q. Dou, P. Padmanabhan, T. Sudhaharan, S. Ahmed, J. Y. Ying, S.T. Selvan*, Mimicking cellular transport mechanism in stem cells through endosomal escape of new peptide-coated quantum dots. Scientific Reports 2013, 3, 2184; DOI: 10.1038/srep02184.
  • S. K. Yen, P. Padmanabhan, S.T. Selvan*, Multifunctional Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Diagnostics,Therapy and Macromolecule Delivery. Theranostics 2013, DOI:10.7150/thno.4827.
  • S. Ranjan, S. T. Selvan, Y. Zhang*, “An Anti-Clogging 3D Porous Membrane for Sorting and Patterning of Micro-Entities”, Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2012, 1, 354–359.
  • D. Janczewski, Y. Zhang, G. K. Das, D. K. Yi, P. Padmanabhan, K. K. Bhakoo, T. T. Y. Tan and S. T. Selvan*, “Bimodal Magnetic – Fluorescent Probes for Bio-imaging”, Microscopy Research And Technique 2011, 74, 563–576.
    S.T. Selvan*, T.T.Y.Tan, D.K. Yi and N.R. Jana, Functional and Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Bioimaging and Biosensing. Langmuir 2010, 26:11631-11641. Invited Feature Article.
  • G.K. Das, B.C. Heng , S.-C. Ng, T. White, J.S.C. Loo, L. D’Silva , P. Padmanabhan, K.K. Bhakoo, S.T. Selvan*, T.T.Y. Tan *. Gadolinium oxide ultranarrow nanorods as multimodal contrast agents for optical and magnetic resonance imaging. Langmuir 2010, 26:8959-8965
  • C. Y. Ang, L. Giam, Z. M. Chan, A. W. H. Lin, H. Gu, E. Devlin, G. C. Papaefthymiou, S. T. Selvan*, and J. Y. Ying*, "Facile Synthesis of Fe2O3 Nanocrystals without Fe(CO)5 Precursor and One-Pot Synthesis of Highly Fluorescent Fe2O3-CdSe Nanocomposites", Advanced Materials 21 (2009), pp. 869-873.
  • S. T. Selvan, P. K. Patra, C. Y. Ang and J. Y. Ying*, "Synthesis and Live-Cell Imaging with Semiconductor and Magnetic Quantum Dots," Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. 46 (2007), pp. 2448-2452 [Designated as a Very Important Paper by the Journal]. Times Cited: 110.
  • T. T. Tan, S. T. Selvan*, Z. Lan, S. Gao and J. Y. Ying*, "Size Control, Shape Evolution and Silica coating of Near-Infrared-Emitting PbSe Quantum Dots," Chemistry of Materials 19, (2007), pp 3112-3117.Times Cited: 26.
  • S. T. Selvan, T. T. Tan and J. Y. Ying*, "Robust, Non-Cytotoxic, silica-Coated CdSe Quantum Dots with Efficient Photoluminescence," Advanced Materials, 17 (2005) pp. 1620-1625. [Highlighted in Small, 1 (2005) 682]. Times Cited: 116.
  • D. K. Yi, S. T. Selvan, S. S. Lee, G. C. Papaefthymiou, D. Kundaliya and J. Y. Ying*, "Silica-Coated Nanocomposites of Magnetic Nanoparticles and Quantum Dots," Journal of the American Chemical Society, 127 (2005), pp. 4990-4991. [Highlighted in Nanotoday, May 2005, 13. One of the 20 Most Accessed Articles from Jan-June 2005]. Times Cited: 217.
  • S. T. Selvan, C. Bullen, M. Ashokkumar and P. Mulvaney*, "Synthesis of Tunable, Highly Luminescent QD- Glasses through Sol-Gel Processing," Advanced Materials, 13 (2001), pp. 985-988. Times Cited: 50.
  • S. T. Selvan, *, T. Hayakawa and M. Nogami, "Remarkable Influence of Silver Islands on the Enhancement of Fluorescence from Eu3+ Ion-Doped Silica Gels," J. Physical Chemistry B, 103 (1999), pp. 7064-7067. Times Cited: 71.
  • S. T. Selvan*, T. Hayakawa, M. Nogami and M. Moeller, "Block Copolymer Mediated Synthesis of Gold Quantum Dots and Novel Gold- Polypyrrole Nanocomposites," J. Physical Chemistry B, 103(1999), pp. 7441-7448. Times Cited: 76.
  • S. T. Selvan*, M. Nogami, A. Nakamura and Y. Hamanaka, "A Facile Sol-Gel Method for the Encapsulation of Gold Nanoclusters in Silica Gels and Their Optical Properties," J. Non-Crystalline Solids, 255 (1999), pp. 254-258. Times Cited: 22.
  • T. Hayakawa*, S. T. Selvan and M. Nogami, "Field Enhancement Effect of Small Ag particles on the Fluorescence from Eu3+- Doped SiO2 glass," Applied Physics Letters, 74 (1999), pp. 1513-1515. Times Cited: 113.
  • T. Hayakawa*, S. T. Selvan and M. Nogami, "Enhanced Fluorescence from Eu3+ owing to Surface Plasma Oscillation of Silver Particles in Glass," J. Non-Crystalline Solids, 259 (1999), pp. 16-22. Times Cited: 42.
  • S. T. Selvan, J.P. Spatz, H.A. Klok and M. Möller*, "Gold-Polypyrrole Core- Shell Particles in Block Copolymer Micelles," Advanced Materials, 10 (1998), pp. 132-134. Times Cited: 136.
  • S. T. Selvan*, "Novel Nanostructures of Gold-Polypyrrole Composites," J. Chemical Society Chemical Communications, (1998), pp. 351-352. Times Cited: 66.
Patents Filed
  • Multifunctional Zinc Oxide Quantum Dots with Photoluminescence, Mesoporous and Anti-Cancer Properties (IMRE), Authors: S. T. Selvan, YEN Swee Kuan, David PARAMELLE, Thankiah SUDHAHARAN (IMB), Sohail AHMED (IMB), Anushya HARIHARAN (SBIC), Kishore BHAKOO, SG Patent Application No. 201304450-8 (July 2013).
  • Cell-Targeting Nanoparticles And Uses Thereof” (IMRE), Authors: S. T. Selvan, P. Padmanabhan, D. Janczewski and K. Bhakoo, US Patent Application No. 13/236,567 (Sep 19, 2011).
  • S. K. Yen, S. T. Selvan, D. Janczewski, “Polymer Comprising A Dye, Nanoparticle Comprising The Polymer, And Methods Of Preparing The Same”, SG provisional patent application. Filing Date: 25 November 2011.
  • Coated robust water soluble naoparticles (IBN), Authors: J. Y. Ying, S. T. Selvan and T. Tan, US patent No. 7,405,002 B2, European Patent Office 2007 (EP1787112), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 2006 (WO2006060041), Taiwan Application 2006 (94123662)
  • "Coated composites of magnetic material and quantum dots" (IBN), Authors: J. Y. Ying, S. T. Selvan, D.K. Yi and S.S. Lee, U.S. Patent No. 7,534, 489
  • "Live-Cell Imaging with Semiconductor and Magnetic Quantum Dots" (IBN), Authors: J. Y. Ying, S. T. Selvan and P. K. Patra, U.S. Patent Application No. 60/809,710
  • "One-pot synthesis of magnetic nanocrystals and magnetic quantum dots" (IBN), Authors: J. Y. Ying, and S. T. Selvan, Int. Appl. No. PCT/SG 2008/000229.
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