Dr. Elango Natarajan
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Associate Professor Dr Elango Natarajan


Associate Professor | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Academic Qualifications

Post Doctoral Research Soft Robotics
PhD Mechanical Engineering
MEng Computer Aided Design CAD
BEng Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Interest
Soft Robotics
Spine Analysis
Optimization of Machining Parameters
Reinforced Composite
Metal Matrix Composites and Polymer Matrix Composites
Professional Bodies

  1. Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  2. Member of Institution of Engineering and Technology


Research Grants

  1. Name of grant: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    Funder: Ministry of Education, Malaysia
    Project Title: Investigations on structural integrity of PEEK/CNF for bone plating application
    Code: FRGS/1/2018/TK05/MAHSA/02/1
    Durations: 1st Jan 2019 to 31st Dec 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Amount: RM 98400
    Status: On-Going
  2. Name of grant: PSIF Research Grant
    Funder:UCSI Universitiy
    Project Title: Investigation on Machinability and Fatigue life of PEEK/CNF composite for Bone Plate Applications
    Code: Proj-In-FETBE-044
    Durations: 2 Years
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Amount: RM 20675
    Status: Completed
  3. Name of grant: PSIF Research Grant
    Funder:UCSI Universitiy
    Project Title: Synthesis of High Strength Polyurethane Nano Composite for the development of Prosthetic Hand
    Code: Proj-In-FETBE-033
    Durations: 2 Years
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Amount: RM 24450
    Status: Completed
  4. Name of grant: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    Funder: Ministry of Education, Malaysia
    Project Title: Synthesis and Design of High Strength Polymer Nano Composite for a Bionic Hand
    Code: FRGS/2/2013/TK04/UTM/02/4
    Durations: 2 Years
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Amount: RM 42500
    Status: Completed
  5. Name of grant: UTM-GUP Grant 
    Funder: University Teknologi Malaysia
    Project Title: Exploratory Study on the Development of Soft Actuated Multifingered Soft Hand for Soft Robotic Applications
    Code: Q. J130000.2523.04H90 
    Durations: 2 Years
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Amount: RM 180000
    Status: Completed

Current Research Project

  1. Smart Bionic Lower limb and reengineering Transfemoral Amputees
  2. Optimization of Machining Parameters of MWCNT reinforced PEEK Composite


  1. Lih-Jiun Yu, Sahrim Hj Ahmad, Mouad A Tarawneh, AR Shamsul Bahri, Elango Natarajan, Chun Kit Ang, (2019), ‘Magnetic, thermal stability and dynamic mechanical properties of beta isotactic polypropylene/natural rubber blends reinforced by NiZn ferrite nanoparticles’, Defence Technology, Online version available, In Press
  2. Salma Baig, Ainnul Hamidah Syahadah Azizan, Hanumantha Rao Balaji Raghavendran, Elango Natarajan, Sangeetha Naveen, Malliga Raman Murali, Hui Yin Nam, and Tunku Kamarul, (2019), ‘Effect of Chitosan Nanoparticle-Loaded Thymus serpyllum on Hydrogen Peroxide-Induced Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Damage’, Journal of Stem Cells International, Vol. 2019, Article ID 5142518, 12 pages
  3. Natarajan, E., Kaviarasan, V., Lim, W. H., Tiang, S. S. and Tan, T. H. (2018) Enhanced multi-objective teaching-learning-based optimization for machining of Delrin. IEEE Access, 6(1), pp. 51528-51546
  4. Lim W. H., Mat Isa N. A., Tiang S. S., Tan T. H., Natarajan E. and Wong C. H. (2018) A self-adaptive topologically connected-based particle swarm optimization. IEEE Access, 6(1), pp. 653-65366
  5. P Lazar, R Sengottuvelu, E Natarajan, (2018), ‘Assessments of Secondary Reinforcement of Epoxy Matrix-Glass Fibre Composite Laminates through Nanosilica (SiO2)’, Materials Vol. 11, Issue 11, p. 2186
  6. L Prince Jeya Lal, S Ramesh, Elango Natarajan (2018), ‘Study on the Repeatability of Manufacturing Nano-Silica (SiO2) Reinforced Composite Laminates’, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Vol 346, Issue 1, p. 012083
  7. Suresh S, Venkatesan K and Natarajan Elango (2018), ‘Influence of SiC nanoparticle reinforcement on FSS welded 6061-T6 Aluminium alloy’, Journal of Nanomaterials, Volume 2018, Article ID 7031867, 11 pages
  8. S.Prakash, Rathinasabapathy Sasikumar, Elango Natarajan (2018), ‘Superior Material Properties of Hybrid Filler-Reinforced Aluminum MMC Through Double-Layer Feeding Technique Adopted in Bottom Tapping Stir Casting’, High Temperature Material Processes: An International Quarterly of High-Technology Plasma Processes, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 249-258
  9. S Ramesh, Prabhu Rajendran, Elango Natarajan (2018), ‘Experimental Investigation on Structure, Wear and Erosion Resistance of SS316 Substrate Coated with TiC-Al2O3 Nano Composite by Laser Cladding’, High Temperature Material Processes: An International Quarterly of High-Technology Plasma Processes, Vol 22, Issue 1, pp. 63-71
  10. Mohan, Saktiswaren; Raghavendran, Hanumantha Rao; Karunanithi, Puvanan; Murali, Malliga Raman; Naveen, Sangeetha ; Talebian, Sepehr; Mehrali, Mohammad; Mehrali, Mehdi; Natarajan, Elango; Ken, Chan; Kamarul, Tunku (2017), ‘Incorporation of Human Platelet Derived Growth Factor-BB encapsulated Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microspheres into 3D CORAGRAF Enhances Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells’, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol 9, Issue 11, pp. 9291-9303
  11. Natarajan Elango, Srinivasa Gupta.N, Yu Lih Jiun, and Alireza Golshahr (2017), ‘The Effect of High Loaded Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes in Natural Rubber and Its Nonlinear Material Constants’, Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2017, Article ID 6193961, 15 pages, 2017. doi:10.1155/2017/6193961
  12. S.Ramesh, R.Viswanathan, N.Elango (2017), ‘Temperature measurement and optimization in machining magnesium alloy using RSM and Annova’, Pertanika J. Sci. & Technol. Vol 25, Issue 1, pp. 255 – 262
  13. Elango Natarajan, Mahmud Iwan Solihin, Jeunn Hao Chong (2017), ‘Grasp Stability Analysis of an Isotropic Direct Driven Three-Finger Soft Robot Hand’, International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 7, Issue 5, pp. 1627-1631
  14. Thamizhmanii, S., Hasan, S., Natarajan, E. (2017), ‘Performance of tool wear using cryogenic treated CBN inserts’, Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science, Vol. 2230, pp. 792-796

Award and Recognitions

  1. Best Paper Award, IEEE ROMA 2018