Thinesh Selvaratnam, Ph.D.

Recent Publications

[1] N. Rashid, T. Selvaratnam, W.-K. Park, Chapter 21 - Resource Recovery From Waste Streams Using Microalgae: Opportunities and Threats, in: A. Yousuf (Ed.) Microalgae Cultivation for Biofuels Production, Academic Press2020, pp. 337-351.

[2] T. Nawaz, A. Rahman, S. Pan, K. Dixon, B. Petri, T. Selvaratnam, A Review of Landfill Leachate Treatment by Microalgae: Current Status and Future Directions, Processes, 8 (2020) 384.

[3] M. Mazumder, R. Das, M.S.J. Sajib, A.J. Gomes, M. Islam, T. Selvaratnam, A. Rahman, Comparison of Different Hydrotalcite Solid Adsorbents on Adsorptive Desulfurization of Liquid Fuel Oil, Technologies, 8 (2020) 22.

[4] N. Nirmalakhandan, T. Selvaratnam, S.M. Henkanatte-Gedera, D. Tchinda, I.S.A. Abeysiriwardana-Arachchige, H.M.K. Delanka-Pedige, S.P. Munasinghe-Arachchige, Y. Zhang, F.O. Holguin, P.J. Lammers, Algal wastewater treatment: Photoautotrophic vs. mixotrophic processes, Algal Research, 41 (2019) 101569.

[5] N. Rashid, W.-K. Park, T. Selvaratnam, Binary culture of microalgae as an integrated approach for enhanced biomass and metabolites productivity, wastewater treatment, and bioflocculation, Chemosphere, 194 (2018) 67-75.

[6] T. Muppaneni, H.K. Reddy, T. Selvaratnam, K.P. Dandamudi, B. Dungan, N. Nirmalakhandan, T. Schaub, F. Omar Holguin, W. Voorhies, P. Lammers, S. Deng, Hydrothermal liquefaction of Cyanidioschyzon merolae and the influence of catalysts on products, Bioresour Technol, 223 (2017) 91-97.

[7] P.J. Lammers, M. Huesemann, W. Boeing, D.B. Anderson, R.G. Arnold, X. Bai, M. Bhole, Y. Brhanavan, L. Brown, J. Brown, J.K. Brown, S. Chisholm, C. Meghan Downes, S. Fulbright, Y. Ge, J.E. Holladay, B. Ketheesan, A. Khopkar, A. Koushik, P. Laur, B.L. Marrone, J.B. Mott, N. Nirmalakhandan, K.L. Ogden, R.L. Parsons, J. Polle, R.D. Ryan, T. Samocha, R.T. Sayre, M. Seger, T. Selvaratnam, R. Sui, A. Thomasson, A. Unc, W. Van Voorhies, P. Waller, Y. Yao, J.A. Olivares, Review of the cultivation program within the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, Algal Research, 22 (2017) 166-186.

[8] S.M. Henkanatte-Gedera, T. Selvaratnam, M. Karbakhshravari, M. Myint, N. Nirmalakhandan, W. Van Voorhies, P.J. Lammers, Removal of dissolved organic carbon and nutrients from urban wastewaters by Galdieria sulphuraria: Laboratory to field scale demonstration, Algal Research, 24, Part B (2017) 450-456.

[9] T. Selvaratnam, S.M. Henkanatte-Gedera, T. Muppaneni, N. Nirmalakhandan, S. Deng, P.J. Lammers, Maximizing recovery of energy and nutrients from urban wastewaters, Energy, 104 (2016) 16-23.

[10] H.K. Reddy, T. Muppaneni, S. Ponnusamy, N. Sudasinghe, A. Pegallapati, T. Selvaratnam, M. Seger, B. Dungan, N. Nirmalakhandan, T. Schaub, F.O. Holguin, P. Lammers, W. Voorhies, S. Deng, Temperature effect on hydrothermal liquefaction of Nannochloropsis gaditana and Chlorella sp, Applied Energy, 165 (2016) 943-951.

[11] T. Selvaratnam, H. Reddy, T. Muppaneni, F.O. Holguin, N. Nirmalakhandan, P.J. Lammers, S. Deng, Optimizing energy yields from nutrient recycling using sequential hydrothermal liquefaction with Galdieria sulphuraria, Algal Research, 12 (2015) 74-79.

[12] T. Selvaratnam, A.K. Pegallapati, H. Reddy, N. Kanapathipillai, N. Nirmalakhandan, S. Deng, P.J. Lammers, Algal biofuels from urban wastewaters: Maximizing biomass yield using nutrients recycled from hydrothermal processing of biomass, Bioresour. Technol., 182 (2015) 232-238.

[13] T. Selvaratnam, A. Pegallapati, F. Montelya, G. Rodriguez, N. Nirmalakhandan, P.J. Lammers, W. van Voorhies, Feasibility of algal systems for sustainable wastewater treatment, Renew Energ, 82 (2015) 71-76.

[14] S.M. Henkanatte-Gedera, T. Selvaratnam, N. Caskan, N. Nirmalakhandan, W. Van Voorhies, P.J. Lammers, Algal-based, single-step treatment of urban wastewaters, Bioresour. Technol., 189 (2015) 273-278.

[15] T. Selvaratnam, A.K. Pegallapati, F. Montelya, G. Rodriguez, N. Nirmalakhandan, W. Van Voorhies, P.J. Lammers, Evaluation of a thermo-tolerant acidophilic alga, Galdieria sulphuraria, for nutrient removal from urban wastewaters, Bioresour. Technol., 156 (2014) 395-399.



  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2014
  • MSc. Water and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, 2011
  • BSc. Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009  

Awards & Honors

  • Richard E. Speece lead author award, NMSU, Fall 2015
  • Richard E. Speece research award, NMSU, Fall 2013
  • International Travel Grant, NMSU, 2014
  • Overseas Research Scholarship, University of Surrey, UK, 2011