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Solar Energy Research Institute

Dr. Puvaneswaran Chelvanathan

Email: Phone: 03-8921 6048

Current Position: Research Fellow

Specialisation: Thin Film Photovoltaic Science and Technology

Dr. Puvaneswaran Chelvanathan is a Senior Lecturer at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He obtained B.Eng. (Microelectronics) (2009), M.Sc. (Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering) (2012) and Ph.D. (Renewable Energy) (2016) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Prior to joining as a research fellow, he served as a post-doctoral research fellow in SERI for almost 3 years.  He has been working on thin film solar cell science and technology since 2008. His primary research focus is on developing earth-abundant, low-cost, high-scalable thin film solar photovoltaic technology for terawatt deployment.

B.Eng. (UKM) Microelectronics, M.Sc. (UKM) Electrical, Electronic and Systems, Ph.D (UKM) Renewable Energy

Areas of Research
Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), Cu(InxGa1-x)Se2 (CIGS), Emerging PV Materials, Thin Film Deposition and Material Characterization, Thin Film Photovoltaic Device Fabrication and Performance Assessment, Numerical Simulation of PV Devices, Semiconductor Opto-Electronics




Articles in Antologi/Chapters in Book

Nowshad Amin, Seyed Ahmad Shahahmadi, Puvaneswaran Chelvanathan, Kazi Sajedur Rahman, M Istiaque Hossain, MD Akhtaruzzaman (2017). Solar photovoltaic technologies: from inception toward the most reliable energy resource. Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Elsevier, 11-26.

Monograph, Working Papers and Non-Periodical Publications




Administrative Services/Committee

Reports: Technical/Research/Consultation

Research Grant

  1. Fabrication and Characterization of Molybdenum/Molybdenum Oxide (Mo/MoOx) Based Bilayer Nanostructure for Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Thin Film Photovoltaic Devices. GGPM-2019-039. Oct 2019 - Sept 2021. Principal Researcher.

2. Development of High Efficiency, Low Cost and Non-Toxic All-Sputtered Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Thin Film Solar Cells. MI-2019-011. June 2019 - September 2020. Co-Researcher.