Ramasamy Nagarajan


Prof. Dr. Ramasamy Nagarajan
M.Sc, PhD (Geochemistry), FG (BOG)
Professor, Department of Applied Sciences
John Curtin Distinguished Professor

Dean, Research and Development
Director, Curtin Malaysia Research Institute
Tel: +60 85 630019 Ext:2550

Email: nagarajan@curtin.edu.my

Academic History

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Anna University (2003)
  • Master of Science in Geology, University of Madras (1999)
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology, Manonmanium Sundaranaar University (1997)

Research Interests

  • Geochemistry (sedimentary rocks: clastics and carbonates & sediments)
  • Source to Sink relationship of sediments
  • Source rock evaluation
  • Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry
  • Regional Geochemical Mapping
  • Geochemistry as a tool for studying the earth processes


  • John Curtin Distinguished Professor (2022-2027)
  • High Citation Award (2016;2021)
  • Best Research Paper award (CUTSE International Conference – 2008 & 2011, Malaysia)
  • Curtin University – Students Choice Teaching Award 2009, 2018, 2019, 2022
  • IASc-INSA-NASI (Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore) Summer Fellowship – 2007 & 2008.
  • World Bank Sponsored – Indian Institute of Water Resources Fellowship: 2003 to 2004
  • UGC Fellowship: 1999 to 2002.

Professional Associations

  • Foreign Geologist – Board of Geologist Malaysia (FG 417) Since 2021
  • Professional Member: International Society of Environmental Relationship and Sustainability (ISERS) (PM64209185) (2021)
  • Life Member – Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID)
  • Life Member – Geological Society of Malaysia
  • Fellow – Society Earth Scientists (SES): Earth Science India (F/376)
  • Life Member – Indian Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
  • International Secretary – Earth System Science Group (ESSG), Chennai, India since 2012
  • Member (Regular) – American Geophysical Union (AGU) (No: 11536302)
  • Member – American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) (No: 10090381) since 2012
  • Member – European Association of Geologist and Engineer (EAGE) M2015-3169 (2014-2018)
  • Member – EAOG (European Association of Organic Geochemists) C2015-02155 (2018)
  • Visiting Professor – Anna University, Chennai, India

Journal Publications (Selected)

A. Book Chapters

  1. Raza, A., Gholami, R., Rasouli, V., Rezaee, R., Bing, C.H., Nagarajan, R. (2019) An Introduction to Carbon Capture and Storage technology In: D.Z.A. Jawad (Editor), Membrane Technology for CO2 Sequestration. CRC Press/ Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 1-24
  2. Dodge-Wan, D., Nagarajan, R., (2019) Typology and mechanisms of coastal erosion in siliciclastic rocks of the NW Borneo coastline (Sarawak, Malaysia): a field approach. In Ramkumar, Mu. Arthur James, R., Menier, D., Kumaraswamy K., (Eds.). Coastal Zone Management: Global Perspectives, Regional Processes, Local Issues. pp.65-98.
  3. Nagarajan, R., Anandkumar, A., Hussain, S.M. Jonathan, M.P., Ramkumar, Mu., Eswaramoorthi, S., Saptoro, A., Chua, H.B., (2019) Geochemical characterization of beach sediments of the NW Borneo, SE Asia: Implications on provenance, weathering intensity and assessment of coastal environmental status. In Ramkumar, Mu. Arthur James, R., Menier, D., Kumaraswamy K., (Eds.). Coastal Zone Management: Global Perspectives, Regional Processes, Local Issues. pp. 279-330.
  4. Roy, P.D., Ramkumar, Mu., Nagarajan, R. (2019) Cenozoic Chemostratigraphy: Understanding most recent Era of the Earth’s history. In: Sial, A.N., Gaucher, C., Ramkumar, M., Ferreira V.P. (Eds.) Chemostratigraphy of Major Chronological Boundaries. Geophysical Monograph 240 (I ed.) pp.261-277. American Geophysical Union. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ, USA. ISBN: 978-1-119- 38248-5.
  5. Anandkumar, A., Vijith, H., Nagarajan R., Jonathan M.P. (2019) Evaluation of Decadal Shoreline Changes in the Coastal Region of Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia (Chapter 7) In: Krishnamurthy, R.R., Jonathan, M.P., Srinivasalu, S. Glaeser, B. (Eds) Coastal Management: Global Challenges and Innovations, pp. 95-119.
  6. Nagarajan, R., Armstrong-Altrin, J.S., Kessler, F.L., Jong J., (2017) Petrological and geochemical constraints on provenance, paleo-weathering and tectonic setting of clastic sediments from the Neogene Lambir and Sibuti Formations, NW Borneo (Chapter 7). In: Sediment Provenance: influences on compositional change from source to sink (Ed. Rajat Mazumder) Elsevier Amsterdam, Netherlands. pp.123-153.
  7. Madhavaraju, J., Hussain, S.M., Ugeswari, J., Nagarajan, R., Ramasamy, S., Mahalakshmi, P., (2015) Paleo-redox conditions of the Albian-Danian Carbonate rocks of the Cauvery basin, south India: implications for Chemostratigraphy (Chapter 10). In Chemostratigraphy: Concepts, Techniques, and Applications, by Ramkumar, Mu (Ed.) pp. 247-271,
  8. Prasanna, M. V., Chidambaram, S, Nagarajan, R., Rajalingam, S. and Elayaraja, A (2009) Geophysical investigation in the different lithounits of Gadilam River basin, Tamil Nadu, India. In: Chidambaram, S (Ed.) Recent trend in Water Research: Hydrochemical and Hydrological perspectives. 7p I.K International Publishing group Pvt. Ltd. India, 247p, ISBN: 9789380026916.
  9. Prasanna, M. V., Chidambaram, S, Nagarajan, R., Elayaraja, A and Rajalingam, S. (2009) Trace metals pollution in the Gadilam River Basin, Tamil Nadu, India. In: Chidambaram, S (Ed.) Recent trend in Water Research: Hydrochemical and Hydrological perspectives. 7p I.K International Publishing group Pvt. Ltd. India, 247p, ISBN: 9789380026916.

B. Journal Publications


  • R.Nagarajan, R.Sharveen, Abdulmajid Ali, F.L. Kessler, John Jong, P.D.Roy and S.Srinivasalu (2022) Paragenetic conditions of concretions in the Neogene clastic sediments of NW Borneo: Evidence from morphological, petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical data. Journal of Geointerface. 1(2): 6-20. 
  • Mu.Ramkumar, AL Fathima, R.Nagarajan, M. Santosh, D. Menier (2022) Major, trace and rare earth elemental geochemistry of Santonian – Campanian onland-offshore transition in a Gilbert Type Deltaic setting, Cauvery Basin, Southern India. Geological Journal. 57:3988–4010.
  • Stephan Ongetta, Prasanna M V, Chidambaram S, Nagarajan R, Clem Kuek (2022) Delineation of highland saline groundwater sources in Ba’kelalan region of NE Borneo to improve the salt-making production using geochemical and geophysical approaches. Chemosphere 307(1), 135721.
  • Xin Hui, P., Nagarajan, R., Ramkumar, Mu. Ng, T.F. Taib, N.I. Mathew, M.J. Sautter, B., Siddiqui, N.A., Poppelreiter, M.C. (2022) Geochemical evolution of structure-bedding controlled hydrothermal dolomites of the Kinta Valley, Western Malaysia. Carbonates and Evaporites. 37, 62.
  • Ramkumar, Mu., Balasubramani, K., Santosh, M., Nagarajan, R. (2022) The Plastisphere: a morphometric genetic classification of plastic pollutants in the natural environment. Gondwana Research. 108:4-12.
  • Ramkumar, Mu., Balasubramani, K; Kumaraswamy, K; Santosh, M., Roy, PD., Manobalaji, A., Juni, K.J., Nagarajan, R., Rajveer Sharma, Pankaj Kumar, B., Sundeep, C., Siddiqui, N.A., Ramachandran, C., Leo George, S. (2022) Episodic habitation and abandonment of Neolithic civilization sites in the Vaigai River Basin, Southern India. Geosystems and Geoenvironment. 1 (1) 100007.
  • Anandkumar, A., Nagarajan, R., Eswaramoorthi, S., Prabakaran, K. (2022) Seasonal variation and mobility of trace metal in the beach sediments of NW Borneo. Chemosphere. 287, 132069.


  • Ramkumar, Mu., Kumaraswamy, K., Balasubramani, K., Nagarajan, R., Santosh, M., Abdul Rahman, S., Arun Prasad, K., Juni, K.J., Fathima, Al., Siddiqui, N.A., Mathew, M.J., Menier, D., Sautter, B., Rajveev Sharma, Pankaj Kumar, Sundeep Chopra, Jegankumar R., (2021) Neolithic Cultural Sites and Extreme Climate Related Channel Avulsion: Evidence from The Vaigai River Basin, Southern India. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports . 40, 103204.
  • Ramkumar, Mu, Nagarajan, R, Santosh, M. (2021) Reservoir characterization and enhanced oil recovery: Preface Energy Geoscience, 2 (4) 285–286.
  • Ramkumar, Mu, Nagarajan, R, Santosh, M. (2021) Advances in sediment geochemistry and chemostratigraphy for reservoir characterization. Energy Geoscience . 2(4):308-326.
  • PX Hui, Mu.Ramkumar, R.Nagarajan, Manoj J. Mathew, T.F. Ng (2021) Episodic dolomitization of Paleozoic limestones in the Kinta Valley, Malaysia: implications on porosity evolution and reservoir properties. Energy Geoscience 2(4) 298-307.
  • Sajimol, S., Roy, P.D., Lakshumanan, C., Nagarajan, R. (2021) Evaluation of metals and trace elements in sediments of Kanyakumari beach (southernmost India) and their possible impact on coastal aquifers. Marine Pollution Bulletin 169: 112527.
  • Ramkumar, Mu., Nagarajan, R., Mathew, M., Sautter, B., Siddiqui, N.A., Saw, B.B., Santosh, M., Menier, D., Poppelreiter M.C. (2021) Relict Hydrocarbon Seep in the Oligocene-Miocene Subis Carbonate Platform, Malaysia: Implications on Hydrocarbon Generation and Migration Pathways and potential sealing by shale gouging. Geological Journal 56:2571–2582.
  • Nagarajan, R., Kessler, F.L., John J., Ramkumar, Mu. Abdulmajid Muhammad A., M., Vivian D., Lalitguha, S., Naltalie V., Kovin, S., & Desianne, K.S. (2021) Geochemistry of the Palaeocene-Eocene Upper Kelalan Formation, NW Borneo: Implications on palaeoweathering, tectonic setting, and provenance. Geological Journal 56:2500–2527.
  • Ahmed, N., Siddiqui, N., Nagarajan, R, Ramkumar, Mu, Jamil, M., Usman, M., Sajid, Z., Rahman, A. H., (2021) Geochemistry of Eocene Bawang Member Turbidites of the Belaga Formation, Borneo: Implications for Provenance, Palaeoweathering, and Tectonic Setting. Geological Journal 56: 2477–2499.
  • Eswaramoorthi, S., Subramanian, S., Nagarajan, R., Periakali, P. (2021) Palaeoenvironmental applications of chromium and aluminium: Concerns on partitioning and early diagenetic remobilisation. Geological Journal 56:2379–2397.
  • Ramkumar, Mu, Nagarajan, R, Santosh, M. (2021) Introduction to Geochemistry of sedimentary systems: Current trends and applications. Geological Journal 56:2297– 2299.
  • Gholami, R. Raza, A. Rabiei, M. Fakhari, N. Balasubramaniam, P. Rasouli, V. Nagarajan, R. (2021) An approach to improve wellbore stability in active shale formations using nanomaterials. Petroleum, 7(1):24-32.
  • Anandkumar, A., Jian Li, Prabakaran, K., Zhang Xi Jia, Zhanrui Leng, Nagarajan R., Daolin Du, (2021) Response to “Refer to the investigation of toxic elements in Carassius gibelio and Sinanodonta woodiana and its health risk to humans by Arumugam et al. (2020)” by Fakhri and Mousavi Khaneghah (2020). Environmental Science and Pollution Research . 27, 30901–30902 (2020). 28 (4) 4883-4884.


  • Ali Bhatti, A., Ismail, A., Raza, A., Gholami, R., Rezaee, R., Nagarajan, R., Saffou, E., (2020) Permeability prediction using hydraulic flow units and electrofacies analysis. Energy Geoscience, 1, (1–2), 81-91.
  • Anandkumar, A., Jian Li, Prabakaran, K., Zhang Xi Jia, Zhanrui Leng, Nagarajan R., Daolin Du, (2020) Investigation of toxic elements in Carassius gibelio and Sinanodonta woodiana and its health risk to humans. Environmental Science and Pollution Research . 27, 19955–19969
  • Prabakaran K., Eswaramoorthi S., Nagarajan R., Anandkumar A., Merlin Franco, F., (2020) Geochemical behaviour and risk assessment of trace elements in a tropical river, Northwest Borneo. Chemosphere. 252:126430.
  • Dodge-Wan D., Nagarajan R. (2020) Boring of Intertidal Sandstones by Isopod Sphaeroma triste in NW Borneo (Sarawak, Malaysia). Journal of Coastal Research . Vol. 36:(2), 238-248.
  • Rajmohan N., Nagarajan, R., Jayaprakash, M., Prathapar, S. A., (2020) The impact of seasonal waterlogging on the depth-wise distribution of major and trace metals in the soils of the Eastern Ganges Basin. Catina . 189:104510.
  • Anandkumar, A., Jian Li, Prabakaran, K., Zhang Xi Jia, Zhanrui Leng, Nagarajan R., Daolin Du, (2020) Accumulation of toxic elements in an invasive crayfish species (Procambarus clarkii) and its health risk assessment to humans. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 88: 103449.


  • Ramkumar, M., Santosh, M., Abdul Rahaman, S., Balasundareshwaran, A., Balasubramani, K., Mathew, M.J., Sautter, B., Siddiqui S.N., Usha, K., Sreerhishya, K., Prithiviraj, G., Nagarajan, R., Thirukumaran, V., Menier, D., Kumaraswamy, K. (2019) Tectono-Morphological Evolution of the Cauvery, Vaigai and Thamirabarani River Basins: Implications on Timing, Stratigraphic Markers, Relative Roles of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors and Transience of Southern Indian Landscape. Geological Journal . 54:2870–2911.
  • Nicola Brown, Christina Braoun, Jennifer McIlwain, Nagarajan R., Jens Zinke (2019) Borneo coral reefs subject to high sediment loads show evidence of resilience to various environmental stressors. PeerJ 7:e7382.
  • Anandkumar A., Nagarajan R., Prabakaran K., Chua H.B., Rajaram R., Jian L., Daolin D., (2019) Bioaccumulation of trace metals in the coastal Borneo (Malaysia) and health risk assessment. Marine Pollution Bulletin . 145: 56-66.
  • Ramkumar, Mu., Siddiqui, N.A., Mathew, M., Sautter, B., Hui, P.X., Nagarajan, R., Breitfeld, T., Santosh, M., Menier, D., Poppelreiter M., (2019) Structural controls on polyphase hydrothermal dolomitization in the Kinta Valley, Malaysia: Paragenesis and regional tectono-magmatism. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 174:364-380.
  • Ramkumar, M., Kumaraswamy, K., Balasubramani, K., Abdul Rahaman, S., Jegankumar, R., Kumara Ganesh, U., Manikantan, E., Balasundareshwaran, A., Prithiviraj, G.,
    Ayyanthurai, R., Santosh, M., Nagarajan, R., Siddiqui, N.A., Mathew, M.J., Menier, D., Ramachandran C., Sathyaseelan, M., Sivakumar P. (2019) Discovery of Buried Historical Structures in the Kaveri-Kollidam Interfluve, Southern India. Archaeological Prospection, 26(1):75-88. John Wiley
  • Prabakaran, K., Nagarajan, R., Eswaramoorthi, S., Anandkumar, A., Merlin Franco F. (2019) Environmental significance and geochemical speciation of trace elements in
    Lower Baram River sediments. Chemosphere 219: 933-953


  • Anandkumar, A., Nagarajan R., Prabakaran, K., Chua H.B., Rajaram R. (2018) Human health risk assessment and bioaccumulation of trace metals in fish species collected from the Miri coast, Sarawak, Borneo. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 133: 655-663.
  • Hernández-Hinojosa, V., Montiel-García, P.C., Armstrong-Altrin, J.S., Nagarajan, R., Kasper-Zubillaga J.J., (2018) Textural and geochemical characteristics of beach sands along the western Gulf of Mexico, Mexico. Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences . 13(1): 161-174.
  • Raza, A., Gholami, R., Rezaee, R., Bing, C.H., Nagarajan, R., Hamid, M.A. (2018) CO2 storage in depleted gas reservoirs: A study on the effect of residual gas saturation” Petroleum. 4: 95-107.
  • Tiju I.V., Prakash, T.N., Nagendra, R., Nagarajan, R. (2018) Sediment geochemistry of coastal environments, southern Kerala, India: implication for provenance. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. 11:61.
  • Ramkumar, M., Santosh, M., Nagarajan, R., Li, S.S., Mathew, M., Menier, D., Siddiqui, N., Rai J., Sharma, A., Farroqui, S., Poppelreiter, M.C., Lai, J., Prasad, V. (2018) Late Middle Miocene volcanism in Northern Borneo, Southeast Asia: Implications for Tectonics, Paleoclimate and stratigraphic marker. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (P3). 490:141-162.


  • Anandkumar, A., Nagarajan R., Prabakaran, L., Rajaram R. (2017) Trace metal dynamics and risk assessment in the commercially important marine shrimp species collected from the Miri coast, Sarawak, East Malaysia. Regional Studies in Marine Science . 16:79-88.
  • Raza, A., Gholami, R., Rezaee, R., Bing, C.H., Nagarajan, R., Hamid, M.A., 2017d. Assessment of CO2 residual trapping in depleted reservoirs used for geosequestration. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 43, 137-155.
  • Raza, A., Rezaee, R., Gholami, R., Bing, C.H., Nagarajan, R., Hamid, M.A., (2017c). Preliminary assessments of CO2 storage in carbonate formations: a case study from Malaysia. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering . 14:533-554.
  • Prabakaran, K., Nagarajan, R., Merlin Franco, F., Anandkumar, A., (2017) Biomonitoring of Malaysian Aquatic Environments: a review of status and prospects. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, 17(2) 134-147.
  • Shruti, V.C., Jonathan, M.P., Rodríguez-Espinosa, P.F., Nagarajan, R., Morales-García, S.S., Muñoz-Sevilla N.P., Tavera E.M., (2017) Geochemical characteristics of stream sediments from an urban-volcanic zone, Central Mexico: Natural and Man-made Inputs. Chemie der Erde-Geochemistry 77 (2) 303-321.
  • Nagarajan, R., Roy, P.D., Kessler, F.L., Jong, J., Vivian, D., Jonathan, M.P., (2017) An integrated study of geochemistry and mineralogy of the Upper Tukau Formation, Borneo Island (East Malaysia): Sediment Provenance, Depositional Setting and Tectonic Implications. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences. 143:77-97.
  • Prasanna, M.V., Nagarajan, R., Chidambaram, S., Anand Kumar, A., Thivya, C. (2017) Evaluation of hydrogeochemical characteristics and the impact of weathering in seepage water collected within the sedimentary formation. Acta Geochimica, 36(1):44–51.
  • R.Nagendra, R.Nagarajan, T.N.Prakash Tiju Verghees (2017) Metal enrichments in core sediments and their possible impact, the Ashamudi Estuary, Southern Kerala, India. Journal of Indian Association of Sedimentologists. 34 (1&2):127-139.
  • Nagarajan, R., Jong, J., Kessler, F.L., (2017) Provenance of the Neogene sedimentary rocks from the Tukau and Belait Formations, Northeastern Borneo by mineralogy and geochemistry. Warta Geologi, 43 (2), 10-16.
  • Raza, A., Gholami, R., Rezaee, R., Bing, C.H., Nagarajan, R., Hamid, M.A., (2017b). Well selection in depleted oil and gas fields for a safe CO2 storage practice: a case study from Malaysia. Petroleum, 3(1), 167-177.
  • Raza, A., Gholami, R., Rezaee, R., and Bing, C.H., Nagarajan, R., Hamid, M.A., (2017a) Preliminary assessment of CO2 injectivity potential in carbonate storage sites. Petroleum, 3(1), 144-154.
  • Anandkumar, A., Rameshkumar, G., Ravichandran, S., Nagarajan, R., Prabakaran, K., Ramesh M., (2017) Distribution of isopod parasites in commercially important marine fishes of Miri coast, East Malaysia. Journal of parasitic diseases. 41(1):55- 61.
  • Dodge-Wan, D., Prasanna M.V., Nagarajan, R., Anandkumar, A. (2017) Epiphreatic caves in Niah karst tower (NW Borneo): occurrence, morphology and hydrogeochemistry. Acta Carsologica. 46(2-3), 149-163.

Research Grants

  • Preliminary assessment of industrial sludge for value-added products. (Wong Kwong Soon, & Ramasamy Nagarajan) OCIM RM:19,800 (2022)
  • Development of environmental surveillance of fluoride emissions from an aluminium smelter and investigation on the effect of fluoride accumulation on the surrounding environment. Prof. R. Nagarajan – Lead Project Investigator & Project Manager, Cynthia Anak Paul Sebli, Dr. Anuj Nishanth Lipton and Dr. Kiew Siaw Fui – co-investigators. Press Metals Sdn. Bhd. RM: 387,600 (Jan 2022 – Dec 2025)
  • Use of Silicon Manganese Slag in Geopolymerisation for Peat Stabilisation (Wong Kwong Soon, PI; Ramasamy Nagarajan and Low Wai Wah. Catalyst Grant, SRDC: RM160,000 (Oct 2021-Sep 2024)
  • Use of silicon manganese slag as fine aggregates for flexible pavement. (Low Wai Wah, Wong Kwong Soon, Ramasamy Nagarajan and Lim Chuan Jet. Borneo Hot- Mix Sdn Bhd. RM10,769.00 (2021-2022)
  • Determination of Vulnerability Zones based on Spatial and Temporal Variations of Metals in Different Size Fractions – Miri Estuary (Sarawak). PI: Dr.M.V. Prasanna; Co-investigators: Prof. S. Chidambaram, Prof. R. Nagarajan, Dr. Lau Shiew Wei, Dr. Domenik Wolffboenisch, FRGS: RM90,200 (Sep 2021-2023)
  • Characterization of the durability of Northern Sarawak Shales against weathering based on geochemistry, mineralogy and textural properties. PI – Dr Vera Loo Hui Co-investigators: Dr. Wong Kwong Soon; Prof. R. Nagarajan, Dr. Leong Wen Kam (KUT Sarawak); Dr. Joel Ben Awuah. FRGS RM: 108,700 (1 Jun 2018 – 31 Aug 2021)
  • A proposal to develop environmental surveillance of possible fluoride emissions from an aluminium smelter. Project Manager: Prof.Clem Kuek, Investigators: R.Nagarajan, Cynthia Anak Paul Sebli. Press Metals Sdn. Bhd. RM: 229,200 (20 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2020)
  • “Granulometría, geoquímica y datación de sedimentos detríticos de playas y plataforma continental del Golfo de México, México: Implicaciones de procedencia y palaeoambiente”, Principal Investigator: Dr. John S. Armstrong-Altrin, R.Nagarajan Participant, Name of the Program: Programa de Apoyo de Proyectos de Investigacion y Innovacion Tecnologica (PAPIIT-IN 106117), UNAM-MEXICO Convocatoria PAPIIT MXN 202,550 2017-2019.
  • A study on the status of salt water intrusion along the Miri coast, East Malaysia using Geoelectrical, Remote sensing and GIS techniques. Dr M.V. Prasanna (PI) Co-investigators: Dr R. Nagarajan; Illiya Amalina bt. Ahmad Ramdzani; Dr S. Chidambaram CSCRF: RM50,000 (2 Jan 2015-21 Dec 2017)
  • Reservoir Characterization for CO2 injectivity and flooding: Offshore Malaysia. (PI) Dr. Chua Han Bing & Dr. Vamegh Rasouli Co-PIs:Dr Reeza Rezaee; Dr R. Nagarajan; Mr Lee Hon Fui; Dr Ali Elsaeh Enbaia, Dr Raoof Gholami; Mr Vikas Bhusan. RM300, 000 CMRI Flagship grant 6015 (01/08/2014-30/06/2017)
  • Geochemistry and distribution of trace metals in sediments in rivers proposed for dam sites (Baram, Baleh and Pelagus). Sarawak Energy Berhad., R.Nagarajan (PI); Dr.Dominique (Co-PI); SEB; RM 1,143,000; 18 Mar 2014- 25 Nov 2017.
  • Mapping of Soil Erosion Risk in the Catchment Area of the Baram Hydro Project using Landsat and GIS. Funding: Sarawak Energy Board; Dr.Dominique (PI); R.Nagarajan (Co-PI) SEB; RM 995, 400; 18 Mar 2014- 17 Mar 2017.
  • Principal Investigator and Team Leader: Assessment of heavy metal pollution in Miri River, Sarawak, Malaysia – a regular monitoring approach. Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CMRI) CM Academic Grants – RM 100,000; 15/10/2012-14/10/2015
  • Spatial and Temporal variations in Drip water chemistry of Great Niah Cave, NW Borneo, Malaysia. RM 12,500 awarded August 2012 (with Dr. V. Prasanna) 16 Aug 2012 – 31 Jul 2015
  • Sustainable Management of Surface Water Resources (Lakes and Rivers) in and around Miri City, Sarawak, Malaysia. CSRF; RM 10,000. (with Dr. V. Prasanna) 29 Dec 2010-29 Feb 2012
  • Geochemistry of Niah Speleothems, Sarawak, Malaysia: Implications for Paleo Climate of NW Borneo (With Assoc. Prof. S. Srinivasalu, Anna University, India) CSRF – RM 10,000
  • Petrography and geochemistry of beach sands from different tectonic environments of Mexico: Implication on provenance. Name of the Program: Programa de Apoyo de Proyectos de Investigacion y Innovacion Tecnologica (PAPIIT), UNAM-MEXICO Project Number: IA101213-2 Principal Investigator: Dr. John S. Armstrong-Altrin, Participant: Dr. R. Nagarajan: MXN 337,631 (January 2013 – December 2015).

HDRs Supervision


  1. Fianita Anak Anthony –  Use of Silicon Manganese Slag in Geopolymerisation for Peat Stabilization (Co Supervisor: 20% contribution) (2022-2025)
    (Status: Ongoing)
  2. Abdulmajid Muhammad Ali – Fingerprinting and tracing the source of sediments and their effects in the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park (MSCRNP) (Main Supervisor: 40% contribution) (2022-2025) (Status: Ongoing)
  3. Sharveen Ravichandran – Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Miri-Sibuti Rivers to MSCRNP Sediments and Their Environmental Significance (Main
    Supervisor: 55% contribution) (2022-2025) (Status: Ongoing)
  4. Anastasia Shera – Investigation Into Potential Fluoride Remediation Using Microalgae (Main Supervisor: 20% contribution) (2022-2025) (Status: Ongoing)
  5. Vivian Dayong – Geochemical and Petrographical characteristics of Setap Shale sediments: Implications of provenance, tectonic settings, paleoweathering and paleoredox conditions. (8th March 2021-till date) (Main Supervisor: 50% contribution) (Status: Ongoing)
  6. Anusuman Mishra – Occurrence and distribution of microplastics in sediments of the Miri coastal environment, Northwest Borneo. (Dec 2020-till date) (Co- Supervisor: 20% contribution) (Status: Ongoing)
  7. Samantha Tan Wei Ling – “Petrography and Geochemistry of Miocene sedimentary rocks from the Sibuti Formation, NW Borneo: Implications on
    Depositional and Post-Depositional changes” (Main Supervisor 55%) (since Sep 2019-Mar 2022); (Status: Ongoing)
  8. Cynthia Anak Paul Sebli Urban – Geochemical mapping in Miri City: its role in environmental health. (2014-2022) (Main Supervisor: 70% contribution) (Status: On going)
  9. Rakesh Roshan – Geochemistry of Characteristics of Water, Sediments, Suspended solids in the Sibuti river Estuary and its potential on Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs. (2016-2021) (Co-Supervisor: 40% contribution). (Status: Degree Awarded)
  10. K.Prabakaran (2014-2017) Ecotoxicology of metals in Baram River Estuarine System, Sarawak, Malaysia (Supervisor:70% contribution) (Result: Awarded with Chancellor’s letter based on the external examiners’ recommendation)
  11. Arshad Raza (2014-2017) Reservoir Characterisation for CO2 injectivity and flooding in Petroleum Reservoirs, offshore Malaysia. (Co-Supervisor: 15% contribution) (Degree awarded)
  12. A. Anandkumar (2012-2016) Ecological Risk Assessment of the Miri Coast, Sarawak, Borneo – A Biogeochemical Approach. (Co-Supervisor: 90% contribution) (Result: Awarded with Chancellor’s letter based on the external examiners’ recommendation).


  1. Fiona Bassy William – Distribution and Sources of Eco-toxic Metals in Particulate, Colloid, Dissolved Fractions (4 Feb 2021-till date) (Co-Supervisor: 20% contribution) (Status: Ongoing)
  2. Fianita Anak Anthony – Durability of Northern Sarawak Shale against Short-Term Weathering Based on Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Textural Properties (June 2020 – May 2022) (Co-Supervisor: 25% contribution) (Degree Awarded)
  3. Abdulmajid Muhammad Ali – Integrated Petrography, Geochemistry and Petrophysical Characteristics of Miri Formation, Sarawak, Malaysia (2018-2021) (Main Supervisor; 50%) (Degree Awarded)
  4. Vivian Dayong (2014-2018) Geochemistry and Mineralogy of clastic sediments of Tukau Formation: implications on Provenance and Tectonic Setting (Co-Supervisor: 80% contribution). (Degree Awarded)
  5. Navakanesh M. Batmanathan (2016-2018) A study on the earthquake hazard of Sabah, Malaysia with the aid of high-resolution satellite images and field investigation. (Supervisor: 20% contribution) (Degree awarded)
  6. Poon Xin Hui (2016-2019) Hydrothermal dolomitisation and porosity evaluation (MSc., by Research, University Technologi Petronas, Malaysia: Degree Awarded)
  7. Johanna Duarte Ordonez – (2016-2017) Geochemistry of the Cabllos Formation (Middle Aptian-Middle Albian), Upper Magdalena Valley, Colombia: Chemostratigraphy and Environmental conditions. (Masters in Earth Sciences (By Research) Universidan Nacional Autonama de Mexico; Awarded, 2017; Degree Awarded

Member of Editorial Board

  1. Associate Editor: Frontiers in Earth Science (since Oct 2022) (IF 3.661)
  2. Member of Editorial Board: Energy Geoscience, Elsevier (Since Sep 2021)
  3. Ramkumar, M., Nagarajan, R., and Santosh, M., (Guest Editors) 2021 Special Issue: Reservoir Characterization and Enhanced Oil Recovery. Special Issue of Energy Geoscience, Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 219-344 (October 2021) Elsevier
  4. Ramkumar, M., Nagarajan, R., and Santosh, M., (Guest Editors) 2021 Special Issue: Geochemistry of Sedimentary systems: Current trends and applications, Geological Journal, Volume 56, Issue 5, Pages: ii-iv, 2297-2867. John Wiley & Sons. ISSN: 1099-1034.
  5. Member of Editorial Board: Geoconservation Research (Since 2017)
  6. Member of Editorial Board: Sustainable Water Resources Management (Springer) (Since 2015)
  7. Associate Editor: Sustainable Water Resources Management (Springer) (since Feb 2018)
  8. Associate Editor – EnviroGeoChimica Acta (Since 2014)
  9. Editor: International Journal of Advanced Earth Science and Engineering (Since 2012)
  10. Associate Editor: Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources (JESWR) (Since 2012)
  11. Chief Editor: FoES R&D Newsletter, Curtin University Malaysia (Since Feb 2018-Nov 2019)