Velu obtained his masters degree in chemistry from IIT-Madras (India) in the year 2001. Later, he pursued his graduate studies under the guidance of Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Massachusetts). His dissertation involves developing new strategies for synthesizing multifunctional dendrimer. He graduated in fall 2006 and immediately took a post-doctoral research position with Professor Hawker.
Velu is currently involved in developing new synthetic methodologies to construct block polymers for photo-voltaic devices.