Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Photonics Research Centre
Deputy Vice Chancellor(Research & Innovation) Office
 Photonics Research Centre, Deputy Vice Chancellor(Research & Innovation) Office, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, W.Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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A postdoctoral research fellow with more than 10-years of research background in science and engineering. Also interested in non-academic R&D in product and process development in the manufacturing environment. Reliable and punctual, able to handle fast-paced work. Proven willingness to take on any task to support the team and help the business succeed by offering strong technical skills and abilities. Interested in the field of Applied Physics and Engineering related to Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials Science and Engineering studies and not limited to adventuring into multidisciplinary research approaches such as Biophysics and Plasma Technology that involves organic and inorganic engineering materials. Have excellent research potential and ability to actively contribute to the research projects goals and a proven publication track record as well as able to interact with all researchers in a constructive, creative, and professional manner during the processing, storing, and logging processes. Interested in the Functionalization and growth of thin film using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) techniques. Involved in developing deposition system such as Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (HFCVD), Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD), Inductively Coupled Radio Frequency Plasma and Tube Furnace Deposition system for deposition of nanostructured thin film and functionalization of hybrid materials such as CVD diamond, Diamond Like Carbon, Carbon Nanotube, and ZnO nanostructures. Familiar with UV Photolithography, DC sputtering, e-beam vaporization and Electrodeposition.

(Organisation), (Role), (Year), (Level).

  • IEEE Malaysia Section, Member, 2019 to 2020, (International)
  • International Association of Engineers, Member, 2019, (International)
  • Bilingual Publishing Co., Editorial Board, 2020 to 2021, (International)


  • Surface and Interface and Thin Films (CVD Diamond, ZnO Nanostructures)
  • Nano-Materials (Developing Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) system for the synthesis of CVD Diamond, carbon nanotube, graphene, diamond like carbon and graphite.)


Chapter in Book

  • KThandavan, T. M., NOR, R. M., MERIAM, S., GHANI, A., & SAN, W. C. Surface Functionalization of Carbon Nano-tube using Direct Current Glow Discharge: Preparation and Characterization. 

  • Nor, R. M., Bakar, S. A., Thandavan, T. M., & Rusop, M. (2010). Diamond: synthesis, characterisation and applications. In Carbon and Oxide Nanostructures (pp. 195-217). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 
Article in Academic Journals

  • Ahmad, H., & Thandavan, T. M. K. (2020). High photoresponsivity and external quantum efficiency of ultraviolet photodetection by mechanically exfoliated planar multi-layered graphene oxide sheet prepared using modified Hummer's method and spin coating technique. Materials Express, 10(7), 998-1009. (ISI-Indexed)
  • AHMAD, H., TAJDIDZADEH, M., ISMAIL, M., & THANDAVAN, T. (2020). Fast response infrared photodetector based on reduced graphene oxide. Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials-Rapid Communications, 14(March-April 2020), 105-112. (ISI-Indexed)

  • Tan, CL; Wei, HM; Thandavam, TMK; Ramli, R; Park, M; Ahmad, H 2019. Broadband high responsivity large-area plasmonic-enhanced multilayer MoS2 on p-type silicon photodetector using Au nanostructures. MATERIALS RESEARCH EXPRESS (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., Thandavan, T., & Ismail, M. (2019). Surface plasmonic effect of nanoparticle-like silver nanostructure on the high responsivity of visible/infrared silver-based heterojunction photodetector. Journal of Modern Optics, 1-10. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., & Thandavan, T. (2019). Ultraviolet photoconduction in tungsten disulphide based Schottky heterostructure photodetector. Optical Materials, 92, 255-261. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., Thandavan, T., & Thambiratnam, K. J. O. (2019). Dual characteristics of molybdenum disulfide based PN heterojunction photodetector prepared via drop-casted technique. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., & Thandavan, T. M. K. (2019). Influence of boron nitride nanoparticles in the electrical and photoconduction characteristics of planar boron nitride-graphene oxide composite layer. Materials Express, 9(3), 265-272. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Thandavan, T. M. K., & Ahmad, H. (2019). High performance graphene-like thinly layered graphite based visible light photodetector. Optical and Quantum Electronics, 51(12), 386. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., Thambiratnam, K., Leong, T. C., Thandavam, T. M. K., & Ramli, R. (2019, July). Low-cost SWIR Silicon-based Graphene Oxide Photodetector. In 2019 IEEE 9th International Nanoelectronics Conferences (INEC) (pp. 1-3). IEEE. (ISI-Indexed)

  • Ahmad, H., & Thandavan, T. M. K. (2018). Planar hybrid carbon-decorated zinc oxide nanowires for infrared photodetection. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 20(4), 96. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., & Tamil, T. (2018). High responsivity, self-powered carbon–zinc oxide hybrid thin film based photodetector. Applied Nanoscience, 8(7), 1755-1765. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., Tajdidzadeh, M., & Thandavan, T. M. K. (2018). Heterojunction photodetector based on graphene oxide sandwiched between ITO and p-Si. Journal of Modern Optics, 65(3), 353-360. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., & Tamil, T. M. K. (2018). Enhancement of broadband ultraviolet visible photodetection by boron nitride nanoparticles in bulk graphene oxide layer. Optical Materials, 86, 18-23. (ISI-Indexed)

  • Ahmad, H., Thandavan, T. M. K., Ariannejad, M. M., Yi, C. W., Nor, R. M. D., & Amiri, I. S. (2017). Enhanced Photoresponsivity from Hybrid-ZnO Nanowires with White LED 400–700 nm illumination. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., & Thandavan, T. M. K. (2017). The influence of aqueous sodium dodecyl sulphate solution in the photoresponsivity of nitrogen doped graphene oxide photodetector. Optical Materials, 73, 441-448. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Ahmad, H., & Thandavan, T. M. K. (2017). Characterization of graphene oxide/silicon dioxide/p-type silicon heterojunction photodetector towards infrared 974 nm illumination. Optical and Quantum Electronics, 49(12), 395. (ISI-Indexed)

  • Thandavan, T. M. K., Gani, S. M. A., San Wong, C., & Nor, R. M. (2015). Enhanced Photoluminescence and raman properties of Al-Doped ZnO nanostructures prepared using thermal chemical vapor deposition of methanol assisted with heated brass. PLoS One, 10(3), e0121756. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Thandavan, T. M. K., Gani, S. M. A., San Wong, C., & Nor, R. M. (2015). Evaluation of Williamson–Hall strain and stress distribution in ZnO nanowires prepared using aliphatic alcohol. Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, 34(2), 14. (ISI-Indexed)

  • Thandavan, T. M. K., Gani, S. M. A., Wong, C. S., & Nor, R. M. (2014). Synthesis of ZnO nanowires via hotwire thermal evaporation of brass (CuZn) assisted by vapor phase transport of methanol. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2014, 55. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Thandavan, T. M. K., Wong, C. S., Gani, S. M. A., & Nor, R. M. (2014). Photoluminescence properties of un-doped and Mn-doped ZnO nanostructures. Materials Express, 4(6), 475-482. (ISI-Indexed)

  • Thandavan, T. M. K., San Wong, C., Gani, S. M. A., & Nor, R. M. (2012). [O][H] functionalization on carbon nanotube using (O2–H2) gas mixture DC glow discharge. Applied Nanoscience, 2(1), 47-53. (ISI-Indexed)

(Title), (Event), (Date Presented), (Organiser), (Level).

  • Stress analysis in HFCVD diamond, National Physics Conference 2004, 2004-10-05 to 2004-10-07, Malaysian Institute of Physics, (National)
  • Stress analysis in undoped and boron-doped chemical vapor deposition diamond., International Meeting on Frontiers of Physics (IMFP), 2005-07-25 to 2005-07-29, University of Malaysia, (International)
  • Synthesis of diamond using hot filament chemical vapor deposition diamond. , Regional Conference on Solid State Science and Technology (RCSSST), 2005-12-18 to 2005-12-21, University Teknologi Mara, (National)
  • Role of methanol and brass in the synthesis of ZnO nanowires, 4th International Conference on Functional Materials and Devices (ICFMD) Penang, Malaysia, 2013-04-08 to 2013-04-11, Research Centre of Ionics, UM, (International)
  • Synthesis of chemical vapor deposition diamond, Mathematics and Physical Sciences Graduate Congress (MPSGC), 2006-12-12 to 2006-12-14, National University of Singapore, (International)
  • Characterization of direct synthesis of ZnO nanowires from brass, Virtual Conference of Materials Today, 2013-04-24 to 2013-04-24, Materials Today, (International)