Boon S. Ooi

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Ooi's research is primarily concerned with the study of semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits. Specifically, he has contributed significantly to the development of practical technologies for semiconductor photonics integrated circuits, and the development of novel broadband semiconductor lasers, multiple-wavelength lasers and superluminescent diodes. Most recently, he focuses his research on the areas of III-Nitride based materials and devices, and lasers for applications such as solid-state lighting, visible light and underwater wireless optical communications, energy harvesting devices, and optical sensors.

His research aims at delivering compact and energy saving integrated laser-diode based devices and solutions for applications requiring light spanning the ultraviolet to the visible and near-infrared regime.

Selected Publications

  • Nanoporous GaN/n-type GaN: A Cathode Structure for ITO-Free Perovskite Solar Cells. Lee, K.J., Min, J.-W., Turedi, B., Alsalloum, A.Y., Min, J.-H., Kim,... Ooi,B.S., Bakr, O.M. ACS Energy Letters, 5(10), 3295-3303, (2020).
  • 480-nm distributed-feedback InGaN laser diode for 10.5-Gbit/s visible-light communication. Holguin-Lerma, J.A., Kong, M., Alkhazragi, O., Sun, X., Ng, T.K., Ooi, B.S. Optics Letters, 45(3), 742-745, (2020).
  • Field Demonstrations of Wide-Beam Optical Communications through Water-Air Interface. Sun, X., Kong, M., Alkhazragi, O.A., Telegenov, K., Ouhssain, M.,...Ooi, B.S. IEEE Access, 8, 160480-160489, (2020).
  • High-speed colour-converting photodetector with all-inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite nanocrystals for ultraviolet light communication. Kang, C.H., Dursun, I., Liu, G., Sinatra, L., Sun, X., Kong,...Ooi, B.S. Light: Science and Applications, 8(1), (2019).
  • Toward self-powered and reliable visible light communication using amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells. Kong, M., Lin, J., Kang, C.H., Shen, C., Guo, Y., Sun, X.,...Ooi, B.S. Optics Express, 27(24), 34542-34551, (2019).
  • 375-nm ultraviolet-laser based non-line-of-sight underwater optical communication. Sun, X., Cai, W., Alkhazragi, O., Ooi, E.-N., He, H., Chaaban, A., . . . Ooi, B.S. Optics Express, 26(10), 12870-12877, (2018).
  • Flexible InGaN nanowire membranes for enhanced solar water splitting. Elafandy, R.T., Ebaid, M., Min, J.-W., Zhao, C., Ng, T.K., Ooi, B.S. Optics Express, 26(14), A640-A650, (2018).


  • Ph.D., Electronics & Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK, 1994
  • B.Eng, Electronics & Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow UK, 1992

Professional Profile

  • 2009-Present: Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KAUST, KSA
  • 2003-2009: Adjunct Associate Professor, Lehigh University, USA
  • 2003-2009: Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Lehigh University, USA

KAUST Affiliations

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Program
  • Division of Computer, Electrical, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE)