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 (FInstP) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (FSPIE).


Journals 195
Conference Papers 172
Book chapters 6
Patents 22
Patents assigned to MNCs 5
Innovation Disclosures 12

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Applied Optics): 1997
  • M.Phil. (Physics): 1991
  • M.Sc. (Physics with Specialization in Quantum Electronics): 1988

Supervision of Postgraduate Research Students

  • No. of Ph.D. students supervised : 25
  • No. of M.Eng. students supervised: 4

Editorial board memberships held previously

  • Editor in Chief, Journal of Holography and Speckle
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue, Fiber Optics in Mechatronics New trends and challenges, International Journal of Optomechantronics, April 2008
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue, International journal of Optics & Lasers in Engineering
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics

Session Chairman / (Special) Session Organizer (Developed Sessions) in International Conferences

  • Member, Organizing Committee, International Conference on Laser Metrology, LM08, 2008
  • Track Chair, International Conference on Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Engineering (ICBPE), 2006
  • Plenary Chair & Special track (Bio-optics and sensing) Chair and Organizer, ICBPE, 2006
  • Publication Committee Chairman, ICBPE, 2006
  • Member, Organizing Committee, ICBPE 2006
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Mp4, 2006
  • International Conference on Precision Engineering, ICoPE, 2005
  • ICEM 2004 Conference, Publicity Chairman and Session Organizer
  • Chaired sessions at different international conferences such as SPIE Conferences

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