Nidhin C. Divakaran, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences), MS (VIT), BS (GTU)​​​



​Dr. Divakaran joined KAUST as a postdoctoral research fellow in October 2023. He received his B.S. degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Gujarat Technological University in 2012, and an M.Tech in Nanotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, and in 2020 received his  PhD in Materials Physics and Chemistry from Fujian Institute of Research on Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Science, China.

He is the recipient of the CAS TWAS Fellowship award (the highest fellowship in China). Prior to PhD, he has the research experience of working in world-class research laboratories at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Post-PhD, he worked as a Research Associate at CIPET, SARP-LARPM, India, while handling Government of India projects based on additive manufacturing in next-generation electronic devices.  Dr. Nidhin boasts an impressive track record in the realm of polymer nanocomposites, 3D printing, and cutting-edge energy storage solutions, demonstrating expertise that sets a commendable standard in these fields. He has published several high-impact articles in peer-reviewed international journals.   

Selected Publications

  1. Nidhin Divakaran*, Jyoti Prakash Das, Ajay Kumar P V, Smitha Mohanty, Ananthakumar Ramadoss, Sanjay Kumar Nayak; Comprehensive review on various additive manufacturing techniques and its implementation in electronic devices; Journal of manufacturing systems, Elsevier Volume 62, Pages 477-502, [2022]

  2. Agneyarka Mohapatra, Nidhin Divakaran*, Alex Y, Ajay Kumar P V, Smitha Mohanty; Significant role of CNT-ZnO core shell nanostructures in development of FDM based 3D printed triboelectric nanogenerators, Materials Today Nano, Elsevier  [2023]

  3. Nidhin Divakaran, Zhang, X.; Kale, M. B.; Senthil, T.; Mubarak, S.; Dhamodharan, D.; Wu, L.; Wang, J. Fabrication of Surface Modified Graphene Oxide/Unsaturated Polyester Nanocomposites via in-Situ Polymerization: Comprehensive Property Enhancement. Applied Surface Science. Elsevier 2020, 502 (July 2019), 144164.

  4. Jyoti Prakash Das, Nidhin Divakaran*, Alex Y,  Manoj T P, Smitha Mohanty : Fabrication of 3D printing extrusion-based Nylon 12/Bi2O3 composite filaments for thermal interface device application, Elsevier Journal of Manufacturing Process 2022.


  • 2016-2020   PhD, Materials Physics and Chemistry,  Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • 2012-2014 Masters of Technology (MTech), Nanotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology 
  • 2008-2012   Bachelors in Engineering(Instrumentation and Control), Gujarat Technological University

Professional Profile

  • 2023-Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2021-2023  Research Associate at Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India
  • 2016  Application Engineer in sensor department at Lubi Electronics, Ahmedabad, India
  • 2015  Junior Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  • 2014   Project Trainee at Indian Space Research Organization, Trivandrum, India

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Member of European Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Association (ENNA)


  • 2023 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Team, India
  • 2022 Invited Expert on 3D Printing technique at Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology, IPT Bhubaneswar
  • 2021 Best Speaker award at International Conference on Multidisciplinary Science and Advance Technologies (ICMSAT 2020), Sepang, Malaysia
  • 2020 Featured research in NASA Astrophysical Data System 
  • 2016 CAS TWAS President Fellowship (Highest fellowship award of China) to pursue PhD
  • 2013 Best Research paper presentation award in the 5th International Conference on “Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)”at VIT University, Vellore

KAUST Affiliations

Physical Science and Engineering Divison

Mechanical Engineering Program

Research Interests Keywords

3D Printed Composites Flexible Electronics Manufacturing - nanoreinforced composite materials Materials modeling Mechanical Characterisation Sensors Thermal Characterisation