Dr. (Mrs.) T. Thanihaichelvan


Senior Lecturer Grade II
Head, Mechanical and Processing Engineering


B.Sc.(Hons) (Jaffna), PhD (UM, Malaysia)


Research interests : Metal oxide gas sensors, Mechanics of Materials, Nanomaterials, Nanocomposites, Thermal processing


  tharsika@eng.jfn.ac.lk
 +94-21-206-0160


Dr. (Mrs.) T. Thanihaichelvan received BSc degree in Physics with first class honors from university of Jaffna in 2009, and PhD with thesis distinction from University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2015. She has about 3 years of demonstrating and lecturing experience at Department of Physics, University of Jaffna and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya. Presently, she is attached to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna.

  • Awarded distinction for outstanding PhD thesis, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia (2015).
  • Bright Spark Scholarship from Bright Spark Unit, University of Malaya for pursuing PhD in University of Malaya from 2012-2015.
  • "Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva Memorial Prize" for the best performance in the Honours Degree examination in Science specialized in Physics for the year 2008, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  • "Ramalingam Veerasingam Memorial Prize" for the best performance in Theoretical physics unit in the Honours Degree Examination in Science for the year 2008, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  • The "University prize" for the best performance in the Honours Degree examination in Science for the year 2008, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  • "Prof. Kanthia. Kunaratnam Scholarship" for being the best student selected to read for the Honors Degree in Physics, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, (2006).
  • The "University prize" for the highest GPA obtained in Physical Science at the General Degree examination in Science level 2G for the year 2005, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
  • "Handy Perinpanayagam Memorial prize" for the best performance at the General Degree examination in Science Level 1G and 2G for the year 2005, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka.


Patents and Copyrights
1 result
2014
[1]Method of fabricating hybrid zinc oxide and tin oxide nanostructure ( and ), .
International Journals
10 results
2020
[10]A study of threedimensional (3-D) printed prosthetic upper limb models in local context (, , , and ), In Materials Today: Proceedings, (Elsevier), volume 23, .
2019
[9]Highly sensitive and selective ethanol sensor based on ZnO nanorod on SnO2 thin film fabricated by spray pyrolysis (, , and ), In Frontiers in Materials, article 122, volume 6, .
[8]Design and Experimental Validation of an Optimized Wrist Powered 3D Printed Mechanical Trans-Metacarpal Prosthesis (, , , , and ), In IEEE 14th Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (ICIIS), volume , .
2015
[7]Gas sensing properties of zinc stannate (Zn2SnO4) nanowires prepared by carbon assisted thermal evaporation process (, , , and ), In Journal of Alloys and Compounds, volume 618, .
[6]Tailoring ZnO nanostructures by spray pyrolysis and thermal annealing (, , and ), In Ceramics International, volume 41, .
2014
[5]Photoluminescence studies on spray pyrolysis deposited ZnO-SnO2 mixed thin films (, and ), In Advanced Materials Research, volume 925, .
[4]Structural and optical properties of ZnO-SnO2 mixed thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis (, and ), In Thin Solid Films, volume 558, .
[3]Co-synthesis of ZnO/SnO2 mixed nanowires via a single-step carbothermal reduction method (, , and ), In Ceramics International, volume 40, .
[2]Enhanced ethanol gas sensing properties of SnO2-core/ZnO-shell nanostructures (, , , and ), In Sensors, volume 14, .
[1]Catalyst free single-step fabrication of SnO2/ZnO core-shell nanostructures (, , and ), In Ceramics International, volume 40, .
National Journals
1 result
2019
[1]A novel 3-D printed wrist powered upper limb prosthesis using whipple-tree mechanism 3-D printed wrist powered upper limb prosthesis using whipple-tree mechanism (, , , , and ), In 113th Annual Sessions, Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, volume , .
International Conference and Workshop Papers
5 results
2015
[5]Synthesis of hybrid zinc oxide and tin oxide nanostructures via a novel single-step process (, , , and ), In Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology conference (AMN-7), New Zealand, .
2014
[4]Carbon monoxide gas sensing properties of SnO2-ZnO core-shell nanostructures (, , , and ), In AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference on Materials Engineering (RCME), .
[3]Processing and enhanced gas sensing properties of one dimensional oxide nanostructures (, , , , and ), In 17th International Conference on Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies, Dubai, UAE, .
2013
[2]Fabrication and characterization of ZnO-SnO2 mixed nanostructures (, and ), In 1st International Conference on Science & Engineering of Materials (ICOSEM), .
[1]Fabrication and characterization of ZnO-SnO2 mixed thin films by spray pyrolysis (, and ), In Joint International Conference on Nanoscience, Engineering, and Management (BOND 21), .
National Conference and Workshop Papers
6 results
2019
[6]Co-synthesis of SnO2-core/ZnO-shell and Zn2SnO4 nanowires by carbothermal reduction and their gas sensing properties (, and ), In International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy & Health Applications (AMCEHA2019), Sri Lanka, .
[5]A Study of ThreeDimensional (3D) Printed Prosthetic Upper Limb Models in Local Context (, , , and ), In International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy & Health Applications (AMCEHA2019), Sri Lanka, .
[4]Design and Optimization of a Wrist Powered Upper Limb Prosthesis (, , , , and ), In International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy & Health Applications (AMCEHA2019), Sri Lanka, .
[3]A review of Mechanical 3D printed upper limb prosthesis (, , , , and ), In International Conference on Advanced Materials for Clean Energy & Health Applications (AMCEHA2019), Sri Lanka, .
2014
[2]Controlled growth of ZnO/SnO2 mixed nanowires by carbon assisted thermal evaporation process (, , and ), In 1st Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference (RISTON), .
2011
[1]Fabrication and characterization of metal oxides samples ( and ), In Abstracts of research papers, Jaffna Science Association, volume 18, .