Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Madras University, 1983. Master of Science, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 1991.
Assistant professor Anna University, Chennai, India, since 1992.
Member of Indian Society for Technology Education (life).
Married Elavarasi Ramanathan, September 10, 1992. Children: Palanivelu Divya, Palanivelu Naveen.