Imperial College London

Professor Sergei Kazarian

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Physical Chemistry



+44 (0)20 7594 5574s.kazarian Website




Mrs Sarah Payne +44 (0)20 7594 5567




440Bone BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My principal research interests are advanced vibrational spectroscopy, molecular interactions and materials processing. I develop FTIR spectroscopic chemical imaging methods and apply them to materials characterisation, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, biomedical samples, microfluidics, high-throughput analysis of dynamic systems, nanostructured materials, forensic science and the analysis of objects of cultural heritage.  My research interests also include applications of Raman spectroscopy to polymeric and biomedical materials, including depth profiling with confocal Raman microscopy and nanoscale imaging with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

My current research interests include spectroscopic imaging of live cancer cells and tissues for advancing healthcare diagnostics; I also collaborate closely with neurosurgeons at the Charing Cross Hospital as well as participate in the activities of CLIRSPEC.  My research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.  

For further details see my Research group website: Vibrational spectroscopy and chemical imaging 


Date Role
2006- Professor of Physical Chemistry
2006-2011 Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
2004-2006 Reader in Physical Chemistry
2001-2004 Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
1998-2000 Research Fellow, Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
1994-1998 Research Scientist II, Research Associate, School of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
1991-1994 University Research Fellow, Chemistry Department, University of Nottingham, UK


Research group website: Vibrational spectroscopy and chemical imaging

Research interests

For research areas please see the relevant section of my research group site

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Chan KLA, Kazarian SG, 2012, FT-IR Spectroscopic Imaging of Reactions in Multiphase Flow in Microfluidic Channels, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:84, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:4052-4056

Chan KLA, Kazarian SG, 2010, Finding a needle in a chemical haystack: tip-enhanced Raman scattering for studying carbon nanotubes mixtures, Nanotechnology, Vol:21, ISSN:0957-4484

Kuimova MK, Chan KLA, Kazarian SG, 2009, Chemical Imaging of Live Cancer Cells in the Natural Aqueous Environment, Applied Spectroscopy, Vol:63, ISSN:0003-7028, Pages:164-171

Kazarian SG, van der Weerd J, 2008, Simultaneous FTIR spectroscopic imaging and visible photography to monitor tablet dissolution and drug release, Pharmaceutical Research, Vol:25, ISSN:0724-8741, Pages:853-860

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