Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham

Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Director, Centre for Optical & Laser Engineering (COLE), School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham

Dr. Murukeshan Vadakke Matham graduated from the University of Calicut, India with Physics major. He obtained his MSc and MPhil 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 28+ years of research experience, and close to 23 years of professional experience (full time), which includes 3 and half years of postdoctoral experience and 16 years of teaching experience.
He has published over 170 international journal papers ( which include papers published in nature publication group journals, top impact biomedical and nanoscale optics journals), over 150 international conference proceedings papers/presentations, one text book, and 6 book chapters . He also holds more than 15 patents and 11 innovation disclosures in the areas of Applied Optics, Laser speckle and Bio-Optics for Medical and Forensic applications. He has supervised 18 PhD students and 4 Master students till date and currently supervising 6 PhD students.
He is currently serving as the Associate Editor of Optical Engineering (SPIE),International Journal of Optomechatronics (IJO), editorial board member of Scientific Reports. He has guest edited international optics journal issues apart from being regular reviewer for more than 15 leading optics journals. He has chaired and developed symposiums/tracks/sessions in international conferences and has given over 50 key note/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 a SPIE-Visiting Lecturer and has given many lectures at universities and institutes under this program. He was the recipient of the prestigious Erudite Professorship with which he was in Kerala University, India in 2011 and a dsitinguished visitor in 2019. He is a Fellow of Institute of Physics, UK.
He and his students won many best paper awards at conferences.
On the international front- He has collaborated or in collaboration doing interdisciplinary research projects with faculties from different overseas universities and research institutes. In Singapore, he had/ on-going collaborative research projects with Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), Institute of Microelectronics, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and I2R.
Many of his researches 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 such as ASTAR, NMRC, BMRC, NRF, MOE, and multinational industries to the tune of over S$10 Million as Principal Investigator (PI) and in total more than S$ 12Million (as PI/Co-PI/Collaborator).
He is currently serving as the Director, Centre for Optical & Laser Engineering (COLE); Deputy Director, The Photonics Institute (TPI),NTU. He leads a research group for more than 22 years which focuses on cutting edge research and development based on Physics-optical engineering in the areas of Biomedical Optics, Nanoscale Optics (Far field and near fieldd Interferometric Lithography), Flat Optics, Laser based Micro and Nanofabrication, Aerospace Metrology and Optical Metrology.
Research Interests
Associate Professor Murukeshan V Matham's research expertise and focus interests falls under the category of (i) Biomedical Optics and Nanoscale optics(iii)Applied Optics, (iv) Optical Metrology, and (v) Fiber Optic sensing (IF, PCF, HiBiF and POF).
The details of his Research Frontiers and current projects can be found in brief as given below:

(i) Nanoscale optics
(ii) Biomedical optics ( Multimodal Imaging) and Instrumentation

(iii) Applied Optics for precision engineering and metrology(measurement), Nondestructive testing (NDT) and machining

Major Current on-going projects:

(i) Multimodality multidimensional imaging for tissue imaging and cancer diagnosis
(ii) Photoacoustic, Hyperspectral and Fluorescence Imaging and Spectroscopy
(iii) High resolution Probe and Microscopy for Ocular ( Corneal and Angle) Diagnostic Imaging
(iv) Optogenetics and Microscopy around opaque obstacles - Instrumentationa and Novel concepts
(v) Nanoscale Multi molecular probes for theranaustics

(I) Random Media and Nonlinear Optics for next generation optoelectronics and energy harvesting applications
(ii) Specialty Fibers ( Image fiber and Photonic Crystal and crystal fibers for communications and bio-sensing
(iii) Novel Interferometric ( EW and SP) lithography for sub-30nm feature fabrications- semicon and bio applications
(v) Nanoscale Optics and Waveform Control for Laser 3D Printing ( A next generation investigation)
(i) Applied Optics/ Optical Metrology for engineering applications
(ii) Large Area Dimensional Measurements (
(iii) Investigation into development of flexible probe for surface roughness measurements of internal structures and inaccessible areas
Current Projects
  • Bessel Beam Based Light Sheet Microscopy of Trabecular Meshwork of the Eye
  • Design and Development of 3D Printed Modular Robot Casings
  • Graphene/metal hetero-interface based optical switches by field controlled Surface Plasmons
  • Multi-Material 3D Printer using Multi-Wavelength High-Power Lasers
  • Nanoscale Contrast Agents for Diagnostic Biomedical Imaging
  • Novel plasmonic concepts for improved broadband light absorption in thin film solar cells
  • Wireless Miniaturised GonioPen 2.0 for Retinal Imaging and Surgical Applications
Selected Publications
  • Hoong-Ta Lim & Murukeshan Vadakke Matham. (2016). A four-dimensional snapshot hyperspectral video-endoscope for bio-imaging applications. Scientific Reports, 6, 24044.
  • Jayachandra Bingi , V.M. Murukeshan. (2016). Individual speckle diffraction based 1D and 2D Random Grating Fabrication for detector and solar energy harvesting applications. Scientific Reports, 6, 20501.
  • P. Prabhathan and V. M. Murukeshan. (2015). Surface Plasmon Polariton-coupled Waveguide Back Reflector in Thin-film Silicon Solar Cell. Plasmonics, 11(1), 253-263.
  • V. K. Shinoj, V. M. Murukeshan, M. Baskaran, and T. Aung. (2015). Integrated flexible handheld probe for imaging and evaluation of iridocorneal angle. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 20(1),016014.
  • Ratheesh Kumar Meleppat, V. M. Murukeshan and L. K. Seah. (2015). An efficient phase analysis based wavenumber linearization scheme for swept source optical coherence tomography systems. Laser Physics Letters, .

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