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The Centre for Optical and Laser Engineering (COLE) at the Nanyang Technological University aims to promote the growth and development of Optical Engineering in Singapore through collaborative research and development between academicians and industry.

COLE aspires to:

• Be a research centre where innovation in Optical Engineering that is currently dispersed in the School will come under one roof. The strong pool of qualified researchers would contribute to manpower and talent development to address the growing needs of this sector.
• Be the place for industry and prospective students/researchers to solve existing problems and develop new technologies in this growing field.


Our Research

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Optical and Laser Engineering

  • 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.


Nanoscale Optics

Biomedical Optics and Optical Metrology

Optical Spectroscopy and Plasmonics

Research and Center News


Prof. Murukeshan has been awarded the prestigious SPIE Fellowship


Prof. Murukeshan has been selected as the Distinguished Fellow of Optical Society of India


Singapore Food Agency awards $1.4 M Singapore Food Story research funding to the center for a collaborative research project


Photograph by Ms. Gayathri has been selected as one of the best photos in the SPIE International Day of Light 2020 Photo contest


Photograph by Ms. Gayathri featured in SPIE magazine, Photonics focus, May-June 2021


Research work on Electro-Ionic Control of Surface Plasmons in Graphene-Layered Heterostructures published in NanoLetters


Research work on Integrated Graphene‐Paper Electronics published in Advanced Materials Technologies