Department of National Centre for Ultrafast Process

About the Department


DST - IRHPA National Facility National Centre for Ultrafast Processes was established in 1997 initially as a DST-IRHPA-National facility - the first of its kind for the use of researchers in academic institutions for time resolved emission and absorption studies in the pico-second time scale. With the input of funds for separate building from the Tamilnadu Government, the centre has emerged as an advanced centre for research and the Senate of University of Madras approved the centre as a part of University of Madras and made it as an advanced Centre for Research in November - 2000. The centre has now emerged as a premier centre for Photonics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy. On completion of five years in 2002 and based on the performance, DST has extended its financial support upto 2008 for maintaining the equipment and for adding Femto up-conversion facility in the Centre. Currently the centre is focusing research in the field of Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Photonics including Photoinduced electron transfer reactions, photophysics of supramolecular systems, solvation dynamics, nanomaterials, fluorescent sensors and photochemistry in organized media. UGC –INNOVATIVE Centre The twenty first century is said to be the age of photonics. Photonics is a multi-disciplinary subject that combines advanced electronics and optical technologies. Photonic technology forms basis for the development of future technologies in telecommunications, health care, aerospace etc. Bio-photonics is the interface of photonics and biological sciences, offering tremendous prospects for optical diagnostics, light activated therapy, surgery, bio-sensing and restoration of biological functions. In India the use of photon based technologies is at a stage of infancy and a sustained effort will be required for the country to realize the full economic and social potential of such technologies. UGC –Identified this centre as “Innovative Centre” in 2004 and gives support for M.Sc Programme in “Photonics and Biophotonics”.  




 To cater the needs of Chemists, Physicists and Biologists in the area of Ultrafast Spectoscoy and promote this area of science among younger generation


To generate human resources in Optical Technology to meet our Nation's future  requirements in the area of  Energy, Communication and Healthcare


The Mission of NCUFP is to concentrate and develop the hi-tech instruments under a single roof and aid researchers working in the area of ultrafast processes in chemistry, physics and biology. 

Our Slogan is

Electronics Today Photonics Tomorrow


                 The vision of the centre is Excellence in research based teaching and learning in photonics to provide skill and knowledge for independent learning”The centre stands as a shining example of creation of an advanced research facility of multidisciplinary research in a state University which will have linkages with industry and national laboratories to create frontline technologies. 

                                                Highlights                The centre was created at the University of Madras by the Department of Science and Technology and an MOU was signed on 28th November 1997.                 The centre has mobilized research grants to the tune Rs.900 lakhs through funded projects including the DST-IRHPA 1st Phase, 2nd Phase, UGC Innovative Programme and research projects from other funding agencies –DST-SERC, DRDO, and CSIR.                 A new 1300 sq,m building was constructed at Taramani Campus with the financial support of Rs.180 lakhs from Government of Tamil Nadu, University of Madras and Department of Science and Technology. The building was inaugurated byProfessor V.S.Ramamurthy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology on 11th October 2000.                  The research activities of the centre include electron transfer, proton transfer, solvation dynamics, nanomaterials, and supramolecular inorganic and polymeric systems, liquid crystals.                    The centre houses hi-tech laser facilities in the time resolution of nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond to cater to the needs of Chemists, Physicists and Biologists.The centre has more than 250 users from different parts of the country.                   In-house scientists and the users of the centre have produced more than 200 publications in the high impact factor journals like, J.Am.Chem.Soc, J.Phys.Chem, Org. Lett, J.Org. Chem. Chem. Phys. Chem, Chem. Phys. Letts., Chem. Comm. etc in the last 10 years                  In-house scientists are recipients of Bhatnagar award, UGC career Award, TANSA award, CRSI Silver and Bronze medals and Fellows of Indian Academy, National Academy and National Academy of Sciences,                   The centre has initiated the M.Sc teaching programme on “Photonics and Biophotonics” from the academic year 2004-05 with the financial support from UGC-INNOVATIVE programme.


Name of the Faculty Designation View Profiles
Dr.C.Selvaraju Assistant Professor and Director i/c Dr.C.Selvaraju
Dr. N. Sesha Bamini Assistant Professor Dr. N. Sesha Bamini
E. J. Padma Malar Research Scientist C (Professor-UGC) E. J. Padma Malar

Courses offered by the Department

Post Graduate

  • M.Sc - Photonics and Biophotonics

Ph.D Programme

  • Ph.D

Syllabus for the Courses Offered

P.G Degree
M.Sc Photonics and Biophotonics Download

Fees Structure

P.G Degree
M.Sc Photonics and Biophotonics Download


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