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Photonics has revolutionized the 21st century technologies. It enables new superior tools in areas ranging from medicine to communications to clean energy, which comes with outstanding career and employment opportunities for young scientists and engineers. This 4-week summer camp is to expose the participating students to the frontiers of photonics research.

Summer Camp Program

The Camp comprises a well-designed mix of workshops, technical training and hands-on cutting-edge research projects in use of state-of-the-art nanofabrication and imaging facilities. You will work on an individual research project with the opportunity to showcase your work at the end of the camp. 

Week 1: Orientation, Welcome and Technical Training

On arrival at KAUST you will receive a welcome event and orientation. In the first week you may also be required to undertake some Technical Training to prepare you fully for you work in the lab.

Week 2-4: Research project

You will work with a Faculty member, and their research team (Including students, post-docs and Research Scientists) on a pre-determined Research Project.

Week 4: Presentations

Showcase your research work to the Division.

Further Details Technical Training and Research Projects

Technical Training:

The KAUST mandatory (safety) training for research work in the nanofabrication and imaging facilities include:

  1. Lab Safety Training

  2. Hazardous Waste Training

  3. Particularly Hazardous Substance

  4. Emergency Incident Preparedness Training

There are also Photonics-Laboratory-specific safety training which is required to address the potential hazards presence in Photonics Lab. These are:

  5. Laser Safety Training

  6. Hydrofluoric Acid Training

  7. UV Safety Training

  8. Liquid Nitrogen Training

  9. Compressed Gas Cylinder

  10. Photonics lab safety walk through

Research Projects

For approximately 3-4 weeks you will actively lead on a research project which will focus on Key areas of photonics research and which will be mentored by leading scholars and experts.

When you apply for the Photonics Summercamp you will choose which three professors you would like to work with, and state them in preferential order. The research topics for each professor are outlined below and the profiles for the professors can be found on the "Hosting Faculty" tab.

Professor Carlo Liberale


  1.   Optical tweezers
  2.   High resolution 3D printing based on multi-photon processes
  3.   Multi-photon microscopy
  4.   Label-free microscopy based on vibrational spectroscopy

Professor Andrea Fratalocchi

New revolutionary processes of energy harvesting:

  1. Nanomaterials for energy
  2. Optical sorting of bio molecular matter
  3. Artificial intelligent photonics
  4. 3D Holographic flexible displays
  5. Optical neurocomputers

Professor Kazuhiro Ohkawa

Energy-conversion phenomena:

  1. Overflow current in quantum-well-structures
  2. Optical-electrochemical study on a photo-electrode system
  3. Study on semiconductor/oxide interface phenomena
  4. Simulation of semiconductor/oxide superlattices

Professor Boon S.Ooi

Semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits:

  1. Group-III Nitride Nanowire UVLEDs on Metal
  2. Solar Hydrogen Fuel Generation
  3. Underwater Optical Wireless Communications

Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Photonics communication science and technology:

  1. Free space optical communication systems
  2. Li-Fi systems & networks
  3. Ultra-violet communication systems
  4. Visible light communications
  5. High bitrate underwater communications

Professor Xiaohang Li

Semiconductors for photonics:

  1. Fabrication of high performance LED and laser
  2. Characterization of emerging semiconductor materials
  3.  Cutting-edge compound semiconductor LEDs and lasers.
  4. Fundamental semiconductor studies

Bachelor and Master students in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science and Engineering, Optoelectronics and other related disciplines are welcome to apply. As it is a very competitive process, cumultive GPA above 3.40/4.00 and research experience can boost the application. Strong English speaking, listening, and writing is essential. All instruction and discussion will be in english.