Research Activities

The interdisciplinary nature of our work links chemistry, chemical engineering, materials, pharmaceuticals and biomedical sciences with the overall aim of solving problems of significant industrial and scientific interest. This is achieved by discovering and understanding molecular interactions and using them to help engineer new products and processes. We develop and apply advanced vibrational spectroscopic and chemical imaging methods, including FTIR spectroscopic imaging (in micro/macro ATR and transmission modes), in situ FTIR spectroscopy, NIR imaging, confocal Raman microscopy and tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to realise these goals. Multidisciplinary collaborations with colleagues from universities, industry and government institutions play a key role in our research activities.

Research Group

Photograph of the Kazarian group
Back row, left to right: Meirkhan Assemova, Dr. Anton Gabrienko, Dr. Maxime Boulet-Audet, Andrew Ewing, Benjamin Turner.  Front row, left to right: Francesca Gabrieli, Alessandra Vichi, Hanako Tsuyuzaki, Dr James Kimber, Prof. Sergei Kazarian

Latest News



12th MAY 
James Kimber and Sergei Kazarian, jointly with collaborators in Japan, Armenia and France, have published an article in Chemical Engineering Journal (doi) on combined application of thermal imaging and IR spectroscopic imaging to polymerisation in microfluidics, which is Open Access until 1 July 2017 (

Prof. Kazarian has presented a keynote lecture at the 16th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids in Lisbon, Portugal. 

7th MARCH 
Congratulations to Prof. Sergei Kazarian, who has been selected by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy to be the new Editor of Applied Spectroscopy, starting in this new role from 1 April 2017. 

Congratulations to Alessandra Vichi on publication of a collaborative article on assessment of cross-sections of samples from a masterpiece painting of the 20th century Alchemy by J. Pollock with of micro ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging in Analytical Chemistry (doi) ,which has been featured in the Department web-site. 



Our article in PCCP, which assesses the molecular state of water in a range of ionic liquids using in situ FTIR spectroscopy, has now been cited over 1000 times. The molecular state of water is fundamental for the properties of ionic liquids as evidenced by numerous citations of this work.

Our collaborative studies of nanomaterials, which was recently  published in Nanoscale, have been featured at the Department  web-page.

Congratulations to Andrew Ewing and Sergei Kazarian on acceptance of an invited review article "
Infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic imaging  in forensic science"  for publication in Analyst (doi


We are presenting our research on chemical imaging of fingreprints at the Imperial Fringe: Criminal Investigations event on the 3rd November from 1700 to 2000 at the college main entrance.  This event is open to all and more details can be found here.

8th July

We are presenting our work at the CPACT (Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology)  Webinar on imaging.

22nd JUNE

Our group presented its research at the launch of the Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) link.


Our group has been selected to present our research at Imperial Festival 2016 in the Research Zone, showcasing our work to other academics and members of the public. The festival runs on the 7th and 8th of May.

22nd February

Congratulations to Andrew Ewing for passing his viva for his PhD titled "ATR-FTIR Spectroscopic Imaging to Study Drug Release and Tablet Dissolution".


Sergei Kazarian has presented an invited lecture and Andrew Ewing has presented a poster at the JPAG meeting “Solving problems with spectral imaging” organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in London. 

31st January 

An invited opinion article  “Seeing the Full Picture” about the potential of FTIR spectroscopic imaging for process analysis has been published in the Analytical Scientist (section In My View ).   

28th January   

Congratulations to  Mr. Mohith Unny for being awarded the Geoff Hewitt Prize for his outstanding performance in last year’s MSc course.  Mohith worked in our group on his thesis entitled  “ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging for crude oil studies”.

12th  JANUARY 

Professor Kazarian will present a keynote lecture at the APACT16 – Advances in Process Analytics and Control Technology in April 2016.



1st November  

A review article on ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging of biomedical systems has been published in Chemical Society Reviews (Impact Factor 33.3); Chan K. L. A., Kazarian S. G. Attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) imaging of tissues and live cells  Chemical Society Reviews (2016) Advance article, (doi)

 1st October

Congratulations to Alessandra Vichi on her first publication presenting a novel spectroscopic approach that she will be using in collaborative studies of samples from the National Gallery, London and Victoria & Albert Museum:  Wrobel T. P., Vichi A., Baranska M., Kazarian S. G.  Micro Attenuated Total Reflection FT-IR Spectroscopic Imaging with Variable Angles of Incidence Applied Spectroscopy  (2015) 69, 1170-1174. (doi)

 23rd September

Congratulations to Dr James Kimber for winning the 2015 Sir William Wakeham Award.  He presented his work at the 2015 Chemical Engineering Postdoc Symposium (Postdoc symposium) and also gave an interview for the departmental newsletter (link).

30th July

Congratulations to Andrew Ewing for being awarded the 2015 CPACT Malcolm McIvor Prize for his PhD research on ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging of drug release in July  2015 and was presented the award at CPACT Research Day on the 6th of October 2015. Mr. Malcolm McIvor has visited our laboratory on the 14th of December.

5th May

Congratulations to Prof. Sergei Kazarian with Sir George Stokes Award 2015 from the Royal Society of Chemistry; these news have been featured at the Departmental and Imperial College web-pages.




1ST September 2014

Kirsty Gibson and Sergei Kazarian published a chapter in Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry:   Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, eds R.A. Meyers, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (2014) (doi)

Sergei Kazarian also co-authored a chapter  in  Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry:    Pollock H. M., Kazarian S. G. “Microspectroscopy in the Mid-Infrared”  Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, 1-26, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (2014) (doi).


1st Februrary 2013

Sergei Kazarian and Andrew Chan have published an invited review article entitled “ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging: recent advances and applications to biological systems” in Analyst (2013) (doi) and  article in Analytical Chemistry 85 (2013) 1029-1036 (doi) about a new approach in transmission FTIR spectroscopic imaging.

26thJune 2012

We are pleased to announce that on the 26th June 2012 we will be holding a one day conference at Imperial College London under the auspices of the UK Society of Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) Regional Section entitled:

FT-IR Spectroscopic Imaging: New Trends and Emerging Applications

11th May 2012

The Research Group was one of three groups in the Chemical Engineering Department to demonstr ate their research at the inaugural Imperial Festival.  The event was open to the public and showcased research from many re search groups throughout the college.  A variety of lectures, activities and live demonstrations ensured the succes of this event.

Imperial Festival

4th November 2011

The Research Group was recently invited by the British Embassy in Russia to showcase our research at the 2011 All Russia Science Festival. This was a great opportunity to present our work to members of the Russian public, schoolchildren and other scientists. The event was a great success and ran from the 7th to 9th of October attracting over 350 thousand visitors across 80 locations in Moscow.

 25 thJune 2010

The Research Group was recently invited to showcase our research at the 2010 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, where cutting edge research is presented to members of the public.

The exhibition was held at the Southbank centre as part of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations.  Preparation of our exhibit on

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2010

Chemical Imaging News Report at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition


Professor Sergei Kazarian was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2008, to fund reseach into “Enhancing microfabricated devices with chemical imaging for novel chemical technology" for 5 years.

What is our ERC Advanced Research Grant About?