AGYA Member

Osman Bakr


Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Physics and Chemistry of Nanomaterials, Nanomaterials for Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications

About me

My research focuses on designing and understanding the properties of nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications. My lab develops nanomaterials that can play an important role in green devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, batteries, etc. The unique optical and electronics properties of these nanomaterials will unfold new ideas in energy efficient optoelectronic and electronic devices.

I consider myself a Saudi with a broad international outlook. As a faculty member in Materials Science and Engineering, I look at the AGYA as an ideal venue for me to establish interdisciplinary research collaborations with other young leaders in Arab countries and Germany. I intend to integrate interdisciplinary expertise and leadership within the AGYA and to work on collaborative research that might provide solutions to energy, water and environmental issues in Arab countries and beyond.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education

Academic Career

2013 - Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SABIC Presidential Career Development Chair, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAUST; Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
2009 Post-doc Fellow, Laboratory for Nanoscale Optics, Harvard University; Cambridge/MA, USA
2009 PhD, Applied Physics, Harvard University; Cambridge/MA, USA
2005 MSc, Applied Physics, Harvard University; Cambridge/MA, USA
2004 - 2009 Research Assistant, Supramolecular Nanomaterials Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge/MA, USA


Selected Publications


  • Shi, D., Adinolfi, V., Comin, R., Yuan, M., Alarousu, E., Buin, A., Chen, Y., Hoogland, S., Rothenberger, A., Katsiev, K., Losovyj, Y., Zhang, X., Dowben, P.A., Mohamed, O.F., Sargent, E.H. & Bakr, O. M. (2015). Low Trap-State Density and Long Carrier Diffusion in Organolead Trihalide Perovskite Single Crystals, Science, 347(6221), 519-522.
  • AbdulHalim, L. G., Kothalawala, N., Sinatra, L., Dass, A. & Bakr, O. M. (2014). Neat and Complete: Thiolate-Ligand Exchange on a Silver Molecular Nanoparticle, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(45), 15865-15868.
  • Katsiev, K., Ip, A. H., Fischer, A., Tanabe, I., Zhang, X., Kirmani, A.R., Voznyy, O., Rollny, L.R., Chou, K. W., Thon, S. M., Carey, G. H., Cui, X., Amassian, A., Dowben, P., Sargent, E. H. & Bakr, O. M. (2014). The Complete in-Gap Electronic Structure of Colloidal Quantum Dot Solids and Its Correlation with Electronic Transport and Photovoltaic Performance, Advanced Materials, 26(6), 937-942.

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