Jorge A. Holguin-Lerma

PhD Students


Jorge A. Holguín-Lerma is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering at KAUST Photonics Lab. He is focusing on the development of new III-Nitride-based photodetectors, lasers, and superluminescent diodes. He holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2016), and a college degree in Electromedical Engineering (ULSA Chihuahua, Mexico, 2012).

Jorge serves as the president of the OSA KAUST Student Chapter and has served as a technical referee for the journals Optics Express (OSA), Photonics Journal (IEEE), and Superlattices & Microstructures (Elsevier). Before joining KAUST he worked at Honeywell ACS as a Components Engineer while being trained in special courses of Project Management Professional (PMP) and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Green Belt. Jorge is a student member of SPIE, IEEE Photonics Society, and OSA.

Research Interests

Visible light and UV photonics:
  • III-Nitride: Laser diodes, superluminescent diodes, photodetectors.
  • Photonics at the nanoscale: Bragg structures, metamaterials (AAO templates), plasmonics.
  • Material properties: optical gain, photo-absorption.
  • Fabrication: Photo and EB lithography, Focused Ion Beam (FIB).
  • Applications: Visible light communications, solid-state lighting, UV-light applications.​

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • A. A. Alatawi*, J. A. Holguín-Lerma*, C. H. Kang, C. Shen, R. C. Subedi, A. M. Albadri, A. Y. Alyamani, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. "High-power blue superluminescent diode for high CRI lighting and high-speed visible light communication." Optics Express, 2018.
    ​Featured by KAUST Discovery Magazine, "Brighter blue lights for faster communication" ​.

  • M. S. Alias, M. Tangi, J. A. Holguín-Lerma, E. Stegenburgs, A. A. Alatawi, I. Ashry, R. C. Subedi, D. Priante, M. K. Shakfa, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. “Review of nanophotonics approaches using nanostructures and nanofabrication for III-nitrides ultraviolet photonic devices.” Journal of Nanophotonics, 2018.

  • K. T. Ho, R. Chen, G. Liu, C. Shen, J. Holguín-Lerma, A. A. Al-Saggaf, T. K. Ng, M. S. Alouini, J. H. He, B. S. Ooi. "3.2 Gigabit-per-second visible light communication link with InGaN/GaN MQW micro-photodetector." Optics Express, 2018.
    Featured by Semiconductor Today, "III-nitride microphotodetector for visible light communication".

  • C. Shen, C. Lee, E. Stegenburgs, J. Holguín-Lerma, T. K. Ng, S. Nakamura, S. P. DenBaars, A. Y. Alyamani. M. M. El-Desouki, and B. S. Ooi. “Semipolar III–nitride quantum well waveguide photodetector integrated with laser diode for on-chip photonic system.” Applied Physics Express, 2017.
    Featured by Semiconductor Today, "Semi-polar indium gallium nitride laser diode/waveguide photodiode combo".

Conferences and Proceedings
  • ​J. A. Holguín-Lerma, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. “Narrow-line emission at green wavelengths—distributed feedback (DFB) grating on InGaN/GaN laser diodes”, 13th Intl. Conf. on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS-13), Bellevue, WA. USA, 2019​​

  • J. A. Holguín-Lerma, A. A. Alatawi, C. H. Kang, C. Shen, R. C. Subedi, A. M. Albadri, A. Y. Alyamani, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. "High-bitrate visible light communication and high-quality solid-state lighting using superluminescent diode." SPIE Photonics West Conf.  San Francisco, CA. USA, 2019

  • A. A. Alatawi, J. A. Holguín-Lerma, C. H. Kang, C. Shen, I. Dursun, L. Sinatra, A. M. Albadri, A. Y. Alyamani, T. K. Ng, O. M. Bakr, B. S. Ooi. "Blue superluminescent diodes with GHz bandwidth exciting perovskite nanocrystal for high CRI white lighting and high-speed VLC." Conf. on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2019, San Jose, CA. USA, 2019

  • A. A. Alatawi*, J. A. Holguín-Lerma*, C. Shen, M. K. Shakfa, A. A. Alhamoud, A. M. Albadri, A. Y. Alyamani, T. K. Ng, B. S. Ooi. "High power GaN-based blue superluminescent diode exceeding 450 mW.” 26th IEEE Int. Semiconductor Laser Conf. (ISLC), Santa Fe, NM. USA, 2018.
    Shortlisted for Best Student Poster


  • 2016 - Current   Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering, KAUST. Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2014 - 2016       M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, KAUST. Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2008 - 2012       Degree in Electromedical Engineering, ULSA Chihuahua. Chihuahua, Mexico.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • OSA The Optical Society, Student Member, #1321685. OSA-KAUST student chapter (leadership committee).
  • IEEE and IEEE Photonics Society, #94010294.
  • SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics, #4134838.
  • MRS-KAUST student chapter.


  • 2019 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the SPIE. USA, 2019.​
  • KAUST Fellowship for Graduate Studies. Saudi Arabia, 2014 and 2016.
  • Saint John Baptist De La Salle Medal, Class of 2012. Highest student distinction in ULSA Chihuahua. Mexico, 2013.
  • Gold Medal B on the XVII Mexican Chemistry Olympiad. Mexico, 2008.
  • Children’s Knowledge Olympics 2001-2002. Meeting with the President of Mexico. Recipient of the Mexican Government Scholarship. Mexico, 2002.

KAUST Affiliations

​Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division l Electrical Engineering