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

Prof. Murukeshan Vadakke Matham graduated from the University of Calicut, India with Physics Major. He 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.

He has published heavily, with over 190 international journal papers, over 150 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 has supervised 19 PhD students and 4 Master students till date and currently supervising 6 PhD students. His major expertise falls in the areas of imaging and instrumentation pertaining to Bio- and Medical optics, Micro and Nanoscale Optics, and Optical Metrology. A large part of his research and development led to 22 patents and 11 innovations disclosures and have attracted significant amount of innovation and potential industry funding. Prof. Matham is well-known in the biomedical-optics and optical instrumentation field and provided numerous keynote/plenary speeches (28 so far) and invited talks (~50) in international conferences. Naturally, his ~30 years of research yielded ~ 190 papers in archival journals and more than 150 conference proceedings papers. He has achieved many recognitions in his career which includes Fellow of Institute of Physics (UK), DAAD Fellowship (Germany), Singapore prime ministers Technology Challenge Award, Rolls Royce Innovator Award ( UK), TCT Exchange Fellowship award (attached to University of California, Davis), MEXT Visiting Researcher Japan, Erudite Professor ( India), Chair Professorship award in nanoscience and Technology (India), senior member of SPIE and OSA, to name a few.

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 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), to name a few.
Prof. Matham’s is also very active in the optical community. He serves as the associate editor of major optics and medical imaging journals (optical engineering, Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics, and International Journal of Optomechatronics) and served as editor in-chief and editorial member for other journals (Journal of Holography and Speckle, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Scientific Reports). Further, he is actively engaging and coordinating optics outreach programs with local schools in Singapore and around through the Center for Optical and Laser Engineering (COLE). He has given many short term courses to engineers/practitioners in the industries and academia through continuing education programs.

He is currently serving as the Director of Centre for Optical & Laser Engineering (COLE), and Deputy Director, The Photonics Research Institute, NTU.
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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