The Semiconductor and Material Spectroscopy (SMS) Laboratory was built in 2011 with state-of-the-art equipment as a part of the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division at KAUST.  It was the first laboratory in the country devoted to the spectroscopic studies of semiconductors.


SMS Lab contains specific and specialized facilities which enable the team to perform comprehensive studies. These facilities include;

  • Photoluminescence Spectroscopy
  • Time-resolved Spectroscopy
  • Coherent Ti-sapphire Laser
  • Coherent OPO PI Excitation
  • Photoluminescence Excitation 

Our research activities include;

  • Aluminum Gallium Nitride (AlGaN) for Deep Ultraviolet Sterilization Applications.
  • Indium Gallium Nitride (InGaN) for Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
  • Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors based on Rare Earth Doped ZnO.


In our group, we set collaboration related to wide band gap semiconductors mainly Zinc Oxide (ZnO) and III-Nitride materials for optoelectronic applications. We could set a link with different international institutes throughout the world to solve global problems related to environments using optical technology.