Academic Profile

Prof. Murukeshan Vadakke Matham obtained his M.Sc. and M.Phil. Degrees in Physics with specialization in Quantum Electronics from the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), India. He pursued his doctoral degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and at the University of Oldenburg, Germany with the DAAD Fellowship award and was awarded Ph.D. in 1997 from IIT Madras (India). Since 1997, he has been attached to the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore where he is currently working as an Associate Professor. He has more than 25 years of professional experience (full time), which includes 3 and half years of postdoctoral experience and 20 years of teaching experience.

His basic background is in Physics (Optics) with strong interdisciplinary research expertise and interest in the areas of Nanoscale Optics and Biomedical Optics. His major research expertise is in the areas of Nanoscale Optics (conventional and near-field interferometric lithography; plasmonics), Biomedical Optics (specialty multi-modal and hybrid modality probes, imaging and sensing), and Applied Optics for macro, micro and nanoscale metrology. He has over 195 international journal papers, over 172 international conference proceedings papers/presentations, 1 co-authored book and 6 book chapters (3 on Biomedical Optics and 3 on Nanoscale Optics and Fabrication). He is also inventor/co-inventor of 23 patents and 12 innovation disclosures in the areas of Applied Optics, Laser Speckle and Bio-Optics for Medical and Forensic Applications. He has supervised 21 PhD students and 4 Master students till date and currently supervising 5 PhD students.

He is the Associate Editor of SCI indexed impact optics journals such as Optical Engineering (OE) and International Journal of Optomechatronics (IJO). He has guest edited international optics journal issues apart from being a regular reviewer for many leading optics journals such as Optics Express, Optics Letters, Applied Optics, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Optics Communications, Optics & Lasers in Engineering, Optical Engineering, to name a few. He is also an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Reports. He has chaired and developed symposiums/tracks/sessions in international conferences and has given over 50 keynote/plenary/invited talks at international conferences/workshops held in different countries. He is a regular thesis examiner of leading research institutes/universities and served as visiting associate professor/fellow at international universities/institutes. He is an SPIE-Visiting Lecturer and has given many lectures at universities and institutes under this program. Based on his contributions to physics and science higher education, he was awarded the very prestigious Erudite Professorship with which he was in Kerala University, India in 2011.

On the international front, he has collaborated or in collaboration doing interdisciplinary research projects with faculties in University of California, Davis (USA), Toyo University (Japan), University of Waterloo (Canada), James Cook University, Australia. In Singapore, he has collaborative research projects with Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), LKC Medicine (Translational Imaging), Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and I2R.

Many of his research works have attracted wide publicity in the recent years and attracted research funding. Over the last few years, he was successful in bringing research funding through competitive research grants from various highly competitive funding agencies and multinational industries to the tune of over S$10 Million as Principal Investigator (PI) and in total more than S$12 Million (as PI/Co-PI). These projects include macro, micro and nano-metrology using optical techniques (National Research Foundation and Rolls Royce), nanoscale optics techniques for solar energy harvesting (with Ministry of Education), High-resolution optical probes for Ocular imaging (National Medical Research Council, A*STAR and BMRC), Multi-material 3D Printing (SC3DP & PFSAP) to name a few.

He is currently serving as the Director of Centre for Optical & Laser Engineering (COLE), NTU and Deputy Director of The Photonics Institute (TPI), NTU. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (F InstPhy) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (FSPIE).
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Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham
Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

STUDY/RESEARCH FOCUS AREAS - Imaging optics from macro to nanoscale and Instrumentation
Biomedical optics: high resolution and multi-modality imaging, Hyperspectral imaging.
Imaging at micro and nanoscale (Nanoscale Optics): Conventional and near filed interference patterning, Optical and laser speckle lithography.
Optical metrology and instrumentation: speckle metrology, Micro- and nanoscale metrology.

I am leading a research group that focuses on the innovative interdisciplinary research and development based on Applied Optical Engineering that can find potential applications in the areas of Biomedical Optics, Nanoscale Optics, and Optics for Metrology. These R&D projects integrate multi-disciplinary themes and aims to solve the challenges related to the current unmet needs of the industries.

• Project title: High-resolution, Non-contact Ocular Imaging [COLE, Biomedical Optics]
• Project title: Large Area Dimensional Measurements [COLE, Applied Optics for Metrology]
• Project title: Multi-Material 3D Printer Using Multi-Wavelength High-Power Lasers [SC3DP, Laser-based Micro and Nanoscale Fabrication]
• Project Title: Real-time crop health monitoring and nutrient analysis system for waste reduction and productivity improvement in hydroponic cultivation [COLE, Applied Optics]
• Project Title: Magnetic field-assisted modulation of inter-plasmonic coupling for potential applications under industry 4.0 [COLE, Lasers and Applications]
• Project: HyCE: Hybrid Manufacturing of Integrated 3D Graphene Electronics for the Smart Infusion System [COLE, Applied Optics]
• Project: STANCE- Wireless Miniaturized GonioPen 2.0 for Retinal Imaging and Surgical Applications [COLE, BOIL]
• Project: STANCE- Bessel Beam Based Light Sheet Microscopy of Trabecular Meshwork of the Eye [COLE, BOIL]
• Investigation into multispectral and hyperspectral imaging and multispectral nonlinear optical properties [COLE-NLO]
• Plasmonic & Bio-inspired random lasers and their applications in sensing [COLE-Imaging and NDT]
• Aerospace Metrology -High resolution surface topography and surface roughness measurements [COLE-Optical Metrology]
• Light-matter interaction in ordered and disordered photonic media [COLE-Optical Imaging]
  • Bessel Beam Based Light Sheet Microscopy of Trabecular Meshwork of the Eye

  • Graphene/Metal Hetero-Interface Based Optical Switches By Field Controlled Surface Plasmons

  • Multi-Material 3D Printer Using Multi-Wavelength High-Power Lasers

  • Real-time crop health monitoring and nutrient analysis system for waste reduction and productivity improvement in hydroponic cultivation


  • Wireless Miniaturised GonioPen 2.0 for Retinal Imaging and Surgical Applications
  • Jian Yi Pae, Rohit Medwal, Radhika V Nair, Avinash Chaurasiya, Marco Battiato, Rajdeep Singh Rawat, Murukeshan Vadakke Matham, Electro-Ionic Control of Surface Plasmons in Graphene-Layered Heterostructures. Nano Letters, 20(11), 8305-8311 (2020).

  • Mun Ji Low, Hyub Lee, Chin Huat Joel Lim, C. S. Suchand Sandeep, Vadakke Matham Murukeshan, Seung-Woo Kim, Young-Jin Kim, Laser-Induced Reduced-Graphene-Oxide Micro-Optics Patterned by Femtosecond Laser Direct Writing. Applied Surface Science, 146647 (2020).

  • Yeong A Lee, Joel Lim, Younghyun Cho, Hyub Lee, Sangbaek Park, Go-Woon Lee, Chung-Yul Yoo, Sang Hyun Park, Vadakke Matham Murukeshan, Seungchul Kim, Young-Jin Kim, Hana Yoon, Attachable micropseudocapacitors using highly swollen laser-induced-graphene electrodes. Chemical Engineering Journal, 386, 123972 (2020).

  • Aswin Haridas, Sandeep Menon Perinchery, Anant Shinde, Oleksandr Buchnev, Vadakke Matham Murukeshan, Long working distance high resolution reflective sample imaging via structured embedded speckle illumination. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 134, 106296 (2020).

  • Hyub Lee, Mun Ji Low, Chin Huat Joel Lim, Jianing An, C. S. Suchand Sandeep, Thazhe Madam Rohith, Hyug-Gyo Rhee, Vadakke Matham Murukeshan, Young-Jin Kim, Transferable ultra-thin multi-level micro-optics patterned by tunable photoreduction and photoablation for hybrid optics. Carbon, 149, 572-581 (2019).

  • Pankaj K. Sahoo, Jian Yi Pae, Vadakke Matham Murukeshan, Enhanced absorption in a graphene embedded 1D guided-mode-resonance structure without back-reflector and interferometrically written gratings. Optics Letters, 44(15), 3661-3664 (2019) (Editors pick).

  • Sreejith Raveendran, Hoong-Ta Lim, Toru Maekawa, Murukeshan Vadakke Matham, D Sakthi Kumar, Gold nanocages entering into the realm of high-contrast photoacoustic ocular imaging. Nanoscale, 10(29), 13959-13968 (2018) (cover article).

  • Aswin Haridas, Murukeshan Vadakke Matham, Alexandru Crivoi, Prabhathan Patinharekandy, Tan Ming Jen, Kelvin Chan, Surface roughness evaluation of additive manufactured metallic components from white light images captured using a flexible fiberscope. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 110, 262-271 (2018).

  • Yang Xia, Murukeshan Vadakke Matham, Haibin Su, Parasuraman Padmanabhan, Balázs Gulyás, Nanoparticulate contrast agents for multimodality molecular imaging. Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, 12(8), 1553-1584 (2016).

  • Ratheesh Kumar Meleppat, Patinharekandy Prabhathan, Seah Leong Keey, Murukeshan Vadakke Matham, Plasmon resonant silica-coated silver nanoplates as contrast agents for optical coherence tomography. Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, 12(10), 1929-1937 (2016).