Dr. Dhayalan Shakthivel is a Research Associate at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow (UoG), UK. He has earned Ph.D in Materials Science, from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. His research interests are growth and integration of semiconducting nanowires, kinetic studies of nanostructures growth, nanoscale crystal growth, Nano-pattering, electron microscopy, chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and nanowires based flexible electronics. He has developed kinetic models to probe key atomistic processes in the catalyst particle assisted growth of semiconducting NWs. His research works earned more than 40 publications in high impact journals, review articles, international conferences and 2 patents. He has developed a non-chemistry specific automated CVD system for the growth of semiconducting nanostructures. His current research focused on semiconducting nanowires for flexible large area electronics towards the development of electronic-skin for robotics. He was a recipient of government of India-MHRD fellowship for Ph.D research. He received John Robertson Bequest award at the UoG.