Omar F. Mohammed Abdelsaboor, Ph.D.


Professor of Chemical and Material Science

Research Interests

​Professor Mohammed's research is directed towards fundamental understanding of carrier dynamics in a variety of solar cell systems, including semiconductor quantum dots, polymers and perovskite solar cells with the aid of cutting-edge nanotechnology, ultrafast laser spectroscopy and four-dimensional electron imaging.

Selected Publications

  • Access to Highly Efficient Energy Transfer in Metal–Organic Frameworks via Mixed Linkers Approach 
    J-t. Jia, L. Gutiérrez-Arzaluz, O. Shekhah, N. Alsadun, J. Czaban-Jozwiak, S. Zhou, O. M. ...
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142, 85808584, (2020)
  • Tuning Hot Carrier Cooling Dynamics by Dielectric Confinement in Two-Dimensional Hybrid Perovskite Crystals 
    J. Yin, P. Maity,R. Naphade, V. Cheng, J-H. He, O. M. Bakr, J-L. Brédas, O. F. Mohammed
    ACS Nano, 13, 12621-12629, (2019)
  • Extraordinary Carrier Diffusion on CdTe Surfaces Uncovered by 4D Electron Microscopy 
    A. M. El-Zohry, B. S. Shaheen, V. M. Burlakov, J. Yin, M. N. Hedhili, S. Shikin, B. S. Ooi...
    Chem, 5, 706-718, (2019)
  • Layer-Dependent Rashba Band Splitting in 2D Hybrid Perovskites 
    J. Yin, P. Maity, L-J. Xu, A. M. El-Zohry, H. Li, O. M. Bakr, J-L Bredas, O. F. Mohammed
    Chemistry of Materials, 30, 85388545 , (2018)
  • Imaging Localized Energy States in Silicon-Doped InGaN Nanowires Using 4D Electron Microscopy 
    R. Bose, A. Adhikari, V. M. Burlakov, G. Liu, M. A. Haque, D. Priante, M. N. Hedhili, N. W...
    ACS Energy Letters, 3, 476481, (2018)
  • Powering up perovskite photoresponse 
    O. M. Bakr and O. F. Mohammed
    Science, 355, 1260-1261, (2017)


  • ​Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2006                      
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Assiut University, Egypt, 1999
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Assiut University, Egypt, 1995

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-present: Associate Professor, Chemical Sciences, KAUST, Saudi Arabi
  • 2012–2019: Assistant Professor, Chemical Sciences, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008–2012: Senior Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2007–2008: Postdoctoral Associate, RIKEN (Institute of Chemical and Physical Research), Japan
  • 2006–2007: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2002-2006: Graduate Studies in Chemistry, MBI, Berlin, Germany


  • ​Long term fellowship, Max-Born Institute, Berlin, Germany
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship (JSPS fellowship) & Special post-doctoral researcher (RIKEN fellowship), RIKEN, Japan
  • Distinguished scholar award from Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Kuwait
  • The State Prize in Basic Sciences, Egypt

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Laser spectroscopy Four-dimentional ultrafast electron microscopy Nanoscale materials dynamics Synthesis and characterization of chemical systems Ultrafast reaction dynamics of photoswitchable materials