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Dr Rabah Mouras Profile

Rabah Mouras, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow and Principle Investigator (PI) at the Department of Physics & Energy and  Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI)

Research group: Modelling, Simulation, And Innovative Characterization Group (MOSAIC)


Contact details: MS1-013-049, Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI), University of Limerick, Castletroy. Co. Limerick. Ireland


Phone: +353 (0) 61 234170


Research activities: His research activities are in the field of Nano-Bio-Photonics, focusing on the technological development of advanced label free, high resolution imaging  tools based on optical micro-spectroscopy (Raman, SERS, CARS, SRS, TPEF, SHG…) in combination with scanning probe microscopy (AFM, SNOM) for applications in both materials and  biosciences.


Current project: Optical metrology in collaboration with Cook Medical, co-funded by Enterprise Ireland and COOK Medical €505,455.00 (03/2016-02/2018), Principle Investigator (PI)


Publication list



  1. S. M. Daly, R. Mouras, C. Silien and T. A. M. Tofail, “Label free Infra-Red nanoscopy: Impact on biology and medical devices” Book Chapter in Electrically Active Materials for Medical Devices Accepted, April 2016 (under process).



  1. Grigore Rischitor, Rabah Mouras, Asim Azfer, Lisa Lungaro , Marc Ulharz, Thomas Herrmannsdörfer, Pierre Bagnaninchi, Scott Semple, Alistair Elfick, Donald M Salter, “A Bioassimilated Monitoring and Control Technology for Cell Therapies” Submitted to Scientific reports (February 2016)
  2. Mark Nixon, Scott D Mackenzie, Ash I Taylor, Natalie ZM Homer, Rabah Mouras, Roland H Stimson, Rebecca M Reynolds, Alistair Elfick, Ruth Andrew, Brian R Walker, “ABCC1 confers tissue-specific sensitivity to cortisol versus corticosterone; a rationale for safer glucocorticoid replacement therapy” Submitted to Science Translational Medicine (April 2016)



  1. Helinor J. Johnston, Rabah Mouras, David M. Brown, Alistair Elfick and Vicki Stone, “ Exploring the cellular and tissue uptake of nanomaterials in a range of biological samples using multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy,” Nanotechnology 26 (50), (2015) 505102
  2. Dzmitry G. Batrakou, Jose I. de las Heras, Rabah Mouras, and Eric C. Schirmer, “TMEM120A and B: Nuclear Envelope Proteins Important for Adipocyte Differentiation” PLoS One 29 (2015); 10 (5): e0127712.
  3. R. Mouras, P. Bagnaninchi, A. Downes, and A. Elfick “Multi-modal, label-free non-linear optical imaging for applications in biology and biomedical science” J. Raman Spectrosc. 44 (2013) 1373- 1378
  4. R. Mouras, P. Bagnaninchi, A. Downes and A. Elfick, “Label-free assessment of adipose-derived stem cells differentiation using Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) and multi-photon microscopy" J. Biomed. Opt. 17(11):116011 (2012)
  5. A. Downes, R. Mouras, P. Bagnaninchi, and A. Elfick, “Raman spectroscopy and CARS microscopy of stem cells and their derivatives”. J. Raman Spectrosc. 42(2011)1864–1870.
  6. R. Mouras, P. Bagnaninchi, A. Downes, M. Muratore, A. Elfick, “Nonlinear optical microscopy of adipose-derived stem cells induced towards osteoblasts and adipocytes”, Advanced Microscopy Techniques Proc of SPIE (BiOS), 8086-25 (2011).
  7. M. Mari, R. Mouras, A. Downes, A. Elfick, “Exploring the interactions between peptides and lipid bilayers using coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering and two-photon fluorescence”, Advanced Microscopy Techniques Proc of SPIE (BiOS), 8086-51 (2011).
  8. R. Mouras, G. Rischitor, A. Downes, M. Mari, A. Elfick, “Multimodal Microscope for Advanced Biological Imaging” Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences Proc of SPIE (BiOS) 7569, 756933 (2010).
  9. R. Mouras, A. Kilgour, A. Elfick, “On the nanotribology of polyethylene single crystals”, Wear, 270 , (2011) 622–627
  10. F. Meriche, A. Boudrioua, R. Kremer, E. Dogheche, E. Neiss-Clauss, R. Mouras, A. Fischer, M-R. Beghoul, E. Fogarassy, N. Boutaoui “Fabrication and investigation of 1D and 2D structures in LiNbO3 thin films by pulsed laser ablation” Optical Materials, 32 (11), (2010) 1427 – 1434
  11. R. Mouras, G. Rischitor, A. Downes, A. Elfick and D. Salter, “Non-linear optical microscopy for drug delivery monitoring and cancer tissue imaging”, J. Raman Spectrosc., 41, 848 (2010).
  12. A. Downes, R. Mouras and A. Elfick, “Optical spectroscopy for non-invasive monitoring of stem cell differentiation" J. Biomed. Biotech. 2010 (2010), 101864
  13. A. P. D. Elfick, A. R. Downes and R. Mouras, “Development of tip-enhanced optical spectroscopy for biological applications: a review”, Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 396 (2010) 45- 52
  14. A. Downes, R. Mouras, M. Mari and A. Elfick, “Optimising tip-enhanced optical microscopy”. J. Raman Spectrosc. 40 (2009) 1355–1360
  15. A. Downes, R. Mouras and A. Elfick “A versatile CARS microscope for biological imaging” J. Raman Spectrosc. 40 (2009) 757–762
  16. F. Meriche, E. Neiss-Clauss, R. Kremer, A. Boudrioua, E. Dogheche, E. Fogarassy, R. Mouras, and A. Bouabellou “Micro structuring of LiNbO3 by using nanosecond pulsed laser ablation”, Applied Surface Science 254 (4) (2007) 1327-1331
  17. M. Kostritskii, P. Bourson, R. Mouras, and M. D. Fontana “Optical fatigue of undoped lithium niobate crystals caused by irreversible photorefractive damage at high-intensity illumination” Opt. Materials 29 (2007) 732–737
  18. R. Mouras, M. D. Fontana, M. Mostefa, P. Bourson “Photorefractive properties probed by Raman spectroscopy in Fe-doped LiNbO3" JOSA B, 23 (9) (2006) 1867-1871
  19. S. Kostritskii, P. Moretti, R. Mouras, P. Bourson, M. Fontana “Formation of polarization nano-clusters in He+-ions implanted LiNbO3 waveguides” Ferroelectrics, 340 (2006) 83-87
  20. B. Lahbabi, M. Zriouil, A. Assani, R. Mouras, B. Elouadi, P. Bourson “Raman spectroscopy study of the new LiTaO3-related solid solutions B: Li1+xTa1-x/2Co3x/4O3 inside the system Li2O-Ta2O5-(CoO)2” J. Phys. IV France, 123 (2005) 219-223
  21. S. M. Kostritskii, P. Bourson, M. D. Fontana, R. Mouras, M. Aillerie “Application of Raman spectroscopy for measurement of photorefractive damage profile in LiNbO3 crystals” Phys. Stat. Sol.(c) 11 (2004)3170–3173
  22. B. Boudine, M. Sebais, O. Halimi, H. Alliouche, A. Boudrioua, R. Mouras “Structural and optical properties of CdS nanocrystals embedded in NaCl single crystals” Catalysis Today, 89 (2004) 293-296
  23. B. Boudine, M. Sebais, O. Halimi, R Mouras, A. Boudrioua, P. Bourson “Characterization of CdS nanocrystals embedded in KCl single crystal matrix grown by Czochralski method”, Opt. Materials, 25 (2004) 373-377
  24. O. Halimi, B. Boudine, M. Sebais, A. Chellouche, R. Mouras, A. Boudrioua “Structural and optical characterisation of ZnO nanocrystals embedded in bulk KBr single crystal” Materials Science & Engineering C, 23 (6-8) (2003) 1111-1114
  25. R. Mouras, P. Bourson, M. D. Fontana, G. Boulon “Raman spectroscopy as a probe of the rare earth ions location in LiNbO3 Crystals” Optics Communications 197 (2001) 439-444.
  26. R. Mouras, M. Kostritskii, P. Bourson, M. Aillerie, M. D. Fontana “Photoinduced Raman scattering in nominally pure Lithium niobate crystals” Opt. Materials 18 (2001) 127-130.
  27. M. D. Fontana, K. Chah, M. Aillerie, R. Mouras, P. Bourson “Optical damage resistance in undoped LiNbO3 crystals” Opt. Materials 16 (2001) 111-117
  28. R. Mouras, M. D. Fontana, P. Bourson, A. V. Postnikov “Lattice site of Mg ion in LiNbO3 crystal determined by Raman spectroscopy” J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 12 (2000) 1– 7
  29. R. Mouras, P. Bourson, M. D. Fontana, M. Aillerie, F. Lhommé, K. Polgar “Influence of the MgO doping concentration on the width of the E(TO1) Raman mode in congruent LiNbO3 crystals”, Rad. Eff. Def. Sol. 150 (1999) 255-258