Muruganandham Manickavachagam

Assistant Professor, Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. M. Muruganandham is an Assistant Professor of Research at the WET Center in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University.


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu, India, August 2004
  • M.Phil. Chemisty, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu, India, February 2001
  • M.Sc. Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu, India, May 1999
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, Bharathidasan University, Tamilnadu, India, May 1997

Academic Appointments 

  • Assistant Professor (Research), NSF Water and Environmental Technology Center, College of Engineering, Temple University, January 2011 - present
  • Experienced Marie Curie Researcher, Laboratory of Green Chemistry, University of Eastern Finland, August 2009 - September 2010
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Faculty of Science, Kagoshima University, Japan, November 2007 - August 2009
  • Postdoctroral Fellow, Department of Environmental Engineering and Science, Feng Chia University, Taiwan-ROC, June 2005 - October 2007
  • Research Officer, R&D, Tamilnadu Fluorine and Chemical Ltd, Cuddalore, India, October 2004 - May 2005

Recent Publications 

  • Manickavachagam Muruganandham,* Ramakrishnan Amutha, Mahmoud S. M. Abdel Wahed, Bashir Ahmmad, Takahiro Ohkubo, Rominder P. S. Suri, Jerry J Wu and Mika Sillanpaa. Controlled Fabrication of α-GaOOH and α-Ga2O3 Self-Assembly and Its Superior Photocatalytic Activity. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012), 116, 44–53.
  • Rominder P.S. Suri, Hilary M. Thornton, M. Muruganandham, Disinfection of water using Pt- and Ag-doped TiO2 photocatalysts. Environmental Technology, (2012), 1–9.
  • R. Amutha, M. Muruganandham, G. J. Lee, and J. J. Wu, Facile Microwave-Combustion Synthesis of Wurtzite CdS Nanoparticles, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 11, (2011), 7940-7944.
  • Manickavachagam Muruganandham,* Ramakrishnan Amutha, Marappan Sathish, Tony Sarvinder Singh, Rominder P. S. Suri, and Mika Sillanpaa. Facile Fabrication of Hierarchical α-Fe2O3: Self-Assembly and Its Magnetic and Electrochemical Properties. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011), 115, 18164–18173.
  • Ramakrishnan Amutha, Manickavachagam Muruganandham,* Marappan Sathish, S. Akilandeswari, Rominder P. S. Suri, Evaliina Repo, and Mika Sillanpää. Crystallization-Induced Top-Down Wormlike Hierarchical Porous α-Fe2O3 Self-assembly.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (2011), 115, 6367–6374

Research Interests

  • Technology development for water and wastewater by using physic-chemical and biological methods
  • Catalyst-based treatment processes
  • Photochemical and catalytic technologies
  • Synthesis of porous Catalysts/Materials for environmental remediation
  • Catalysts/adsorbent characterization by UV, PL, XRD, SEM, HR-TEM,AFM, XPS, XRF and Surface area measurements techniques
  • Nano and porous material preparation for industrial applications
  • Study of fate and transport of nanoparticles in the environment
  • Analytical instrument operations and data acquisition, troubleshooting and maintenance