Vignesh Muthuvijayan

Vignesh Muthuvijayan

Associate Professor
PhD, Oklahoma State University
MS, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Office: BT-II 207
Tel: +91-44-2257-4123
Email: vigneshm@iitm·ac·in
Lab: BT-II 203 (Website)

Dr. Vignesh Muthuvijayan is a Chemical Engineer by training. He received his BTech in Chemical Engineering from A. C. Tech, Anna University, Chennai. He went on to pursue his Master’s degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. After spending a little over 8 years in the United States, he moved back to India to join the Department of Biotechnology at IIT Madras in October 2010. His research interests are in the area of biomaterials and their applications.

Research interests

  • Designing multifunctional bioactive scaffolds for tissue regeneration
  • Developing controlled drug delivery systems
  • Engineering surfaces for long term patency

Current projects

  • Development of bioactive wound dressing materials
  • Fabrication of nanocomposite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
  • Design of novel self-assembling systems for biomedical applications
  • Surface modification of polymeric biomaterials

Lab overview

Selected publications

Complete list of publications can be found on Scopus or Google Scholar

  • Kanniyappan H, Thangavel P, Chakraborty S, Arige V, Muthuvijayan V*. Design and evaluation of Konjac glucomannan-based bioactive interpenetrating network (IPN) scaffolds for engineering vascularized bone tissues. Int J Biol Macromol, 2020. 143:30-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.12.012
  • Ramachandran B, Muthuvijayan V*. Cysteine immobilisation on the polyethylene terephthalate surfaces and its effect on the haemocompatibility. Sci Rep, 2019. 9:16694. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-53108-2
  • Vidya Lakshmi N, Kannan R, Muthuvijayan V*, Prasad E*. Role of hydrophobicity in tuning the intracellular uptake of dendron-based fluorophores for in vitro metal ion sensing. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces, 2019. 179:180-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2019.03.062
  • Ramachandran B, Chakraborty S, Kannan R, Dixit M, Muthuvijayan V*. Immobilization of hyaluronic acid from Lactococcus lactis on polyethylene terephthalate for improved biocompatibility and drug release. Carbohydr Polym, 2019. 206:132-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.10.099
  • Veerasubramanian PK, Thangavel P, Kannan R, Chakraborty S, Ramachandran B, Suguna L, Muthuvijayan V*. An investigation of konjac glucomannan-keratin hydrogel scaffold loaded with Avena sativa extracts for diabetic wound healing. Equal authors. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces, 2018. 165:92-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2018.02.022
  • Thangavel P, Kannan R, Ramachandran B, Moorthy G, Suguna L, Muthuvijayan V*. Development of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-isabgol nanocomposite dressings for enhanced vascularization and accelerated wound healing in normal and diabetic rats. J Colloid Interface Sci, 2018. 517:251-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.01.110
  • Thangavel P, Ramachandran B, Chakraborty S, Kannan R, Suguna L, Muthuvijayan V*. Accelerated healing of diabetic wounds treated with L-glutamic acid loaded hydrogels through enhanced collagen deposition and angiogenesis: An In Vivo Study. Sci Rep, 2017. 7:10701. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-10882-1


  • Muthuvijayan V, Veerasubramanian PK, Ponrasu T. Improved wound dressing hydrogel. Indian Patent Filed. (Application no. 201741017579 dated 19/05/2017)
  • Thampi S, Nandkumar M, Parameswaran R, Muthuvijayan V. Non-leaching bacterial and platelet anti adhesive bioactive surface. Indian Patent Filed. (Application no. 201641010185 dated 23/03/2016)

Courses I teach…

  • BT2041 Biological Rate Processes
  • BT1020 Material and Energy Balances (offered on NPTEL)
  • BT5130 Tissue Engineering (offered on NPTEL)
  • BT5011 Biomaterials Engineering
  • BT5430 Drug Delivery
  • BT5111 Bioprocess Engineering Lab I
  • BT4121 Biomaterials Laboratory


  • Keshav Ranganath Award for the year 2019 for guiding the best PhD thesis at IIT Madras
  • Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Appreciation 2017
  • Young Faculty Recognition Award (YFRA) 2016 for outstanding contributions made by the young faculty members in teaching and research
  • Member, Omega Chi Epsilon, American Honor Society for Chemical Engineering, USA

Student awards

  • Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, Winner of Keshav Ranganath Award for the year 2019. Thesis Title: Surface modification of poly (ethylene terephthalate) to enhance haemocompatibility and endothelialization
  • Dr. Sudhin Thampi, Winner of 1979 Alumni batch Best Thesis Award for the year 2016-17. Thesis Title: Graphene-based modifications of electrospun polyurethane for biomedical applications
  • Dr. Ramya Kannan, Winner of Merit Award at World Biomaterials Congress 2016