Mohd Sharizal Bin Alias

Research Scientists


Mohd Sharizal Alias is currently a Research Scientist at Photonics Laboratory in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE) Division at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). He received his PhD (Microengineering & Nanoelectronics) degree with distinction from the National University of Malaysia in 2010, and his MSc (Physics) and BSc (Physics) degrees from the University of Malaya in 2005 and 2000, respectively. Prior to this, he was a Principal Researcher and Assistant General Manager at Telekom Malaysia Research & Development from 2003 to 2013. He served as Adjunct Lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Perlis from 2012 to 2013. He was also a Visiting Researcher at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2006 and Tampere University of Technology, Finland in 2005. From 2000 to 2002, he was an Assistant Lecturer at Physics Department, University of Malaya.

His research focuses on the usage of nanophotonics to enhance light amplification and manipulation for optoelectronic devices. He has demonstrated the used of subwavelength gratings, photonic crystals and DBR reflectors in edge-emitting and surface-emitting light emitters (III-V, III-nitride, and hybrid perovskites based lasers and LEDs) and solar cells (hybrid perovskites). His other research interests include nanofabrication process development (focused-ion beam & electron beam lithography methods), optical properties investigation using spectroscopic ellipsometry and numerical modelling for optoelectronic devices.

To date, he has authored/co-authored more than 100 journals and proceedings papers, and has more than 10 patents and industrial designs filed. He was the recipient of various international-, national- and organizational-level awards due to his active contributions in research fields and technology management. He served as reviewers for various reputable journals such as Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Photonics for Energy, RSC Advances, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, IEEE Photonics Journal, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, and Applied Physics A: Material Science & Processing. He also provided consultations as chair/committee member for national nanotechnology & photonics roadmap development, national electronics standardization, universities syllabus formation, and IEEE related conference organizations.

Research Interests

  • Nanophotonics – subwavelength grating, photonic crystals, DBR
  • Optoelectronic devices (III-nitride and III-V compounds, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites)
  • Nanofabrication process
  • Device modelling

Selected Publications

  1. M. Tangi, P. Mishra, C.-C. Tseng, T. K. Ng, M. N. Hedhili, D. H. Anjum, M. S. Alias, N. Wei, L.-J. Li, and Boon S. Ooi, ”Band alignment at GaN/single-layer WSe2 interface,” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., Article ASAP (2017).

  2. S. P. Sarmah, V. Burlakov, E. Yengel, B. Murali, E. Alarousu, A. M. El-Zohry, C. Yang, M. S. Alias, A. A. Zhumekenov, M. I. Saidaminov, N. Cho, N. Wehbe, S. Mitra, I. A. Ajia, S. Dey, A. E. Mansour, M. Abdelsamie, A. Amassian, I. S. Roqan, B. S. Ooi, A. Goriely, O. M. Bakr, and O. F. Mohammed, ”Double Charged Surface Layers in Lead Halide Perovskite Crystals,” Nano Lett., Article ASAP (2017).

  3. P. Mishra, M. Tangi, T. K. Ng, M. N. Hedhili, D. H. Anjum, M. S. Alias, C.-C. Tseng, L.-J. Li, and B. S. Ooi, “Impact of N-plasma and Ga-irradiation on MoS2 layer in molecular beam epitaxy,” Appl. Phys. Lett., 110, 012101 (2017).

  4. B. Murali, E. Yengel, W. Peng, Z. Chen, M. S. Alias, E. Alarousu, B. S. Ooi, V. Burlakov, A. Goriely, M. Eddaoudi, O. M. Bakr, and O. F. Mohammed, “Temperature-Induced Lattice Relaxation of Perovskite Crystal Enhances Optoelectronic Properties and Solar Cell Performance,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 8, 137 (2017).

  5. B. Murali, S. Dey, A. L. Abdelhady, W. Peng, E. Alarousu, A. R. Kirmani, N. Cho, S. P. Sarmah, M. R. Parida, M. I. Saidaminov, A. A. Zhumekenov, J. Sun, M. S. Alias, E. Yengel, B. S. Ooi, A. Amassian, O. M. Bakr, and O. F. Mohammed, “Surface Restructuring of Hybrid Perovskite Crystals,” ACS Energy Lett., 1, 1119 (2016).

  6. B. Janjua, T. K. Ng, C. Zhao, H. M. Oubei, C. Shen, A. Prabaswara, M. S. Alias, A. Al-Alhamoud, A. Al-Atawi, A. M. Albadri, A. Y. Alyamani, M. M. El-Desouki, and B. S. Ooi, “Ultrabroad linewidth orange-emitting nanowires LED for high CRI laser-based white lighting and gigahertz communications,” Opt. Express, 24, 19228 (2016).

  7. M. Tangi, P. Mishra, T. K. Ng, M. N. Hedhili, B. Janjua, M. S. Alias, D. H. Anjum, C.-C. Tseng, Y. Shi, H. J. Joyce, L.-J. Li and B. S. Ooi, “Determination of band offsets at GaN/single-layer MoS2 heterojunction,” Appl. Phys. Lett., 109, 032104 (2016).

  8. M. S. Alias, I. Dursun, M. I. Saidaminov, E. M. Diallo, P. Mishra, T. K. Ng, O. M. Bakr, and B. S. Ooi, “Optical constants of CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite thin films measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry,” Opt. Express, 24, 16586 (2016).

  9. I. Dursun, C. Shen, M. R. Parida, J. Pan, S. P. Sarmah, D. Priante, N. Alyami, J. Liu, M. I. Saidaminov, M. S. Alias, A. L. Abdelhady, T. K. Ng, O. F. Mohammed, B. S. Ooi, and O. M. Bakr, “Perovskite Nanocrystals as a Color Converter for Visible Light Communication,” ACS Photonics, 3, 1150 (2016).

  10. A. A. Al-Jabr, M. A. Majid, M. S. Alias, D. H. Anjum, T. K. Ng and B. S. Ooi, “Large bandgap blueshifts in the InGaP/InAlGaP laser structure using novel strain-induced quantum well intermixing,” J. Appl. Phys., 119, 135703 (2016).

  11. C. Shen, T. K. Ng, J. T. Leonard, A. Pourhashemi, H. M. Oubei, M. S. Alias, S. Nakamura, S. P. DenBaars, J. S. Speck, A. Y. Alyamani, M. M. Eldesouki, and B. S. Ooi, “High-modulation-efficiency, integrated waveguide modulator-laser diode at 448 nm,” ACS Photonics, 3, 262 (2016).

  12. C. Zhao, T. K. Ng, N. Wei, A. Prabaswara, M. S. Alias, B. Janjua, C. Shen, and B. S. Ooi, “Facile Formation of High-Quality InGaN/GaN Quantum-Disks-in-Nanowires on Bulk-Metal Substrates for High-Power Light-Emitters,” Nano Lett., 16, 1056 (2016).

  13. M. S. Alias, Y. Yang, T. K. Ng, I. Dursun, D. Shi, M. I. Saidaminov, D. Priante, O. M. Bakr, B. S. Ooi, “Enhanced Etching, Surface Damage Recovery, and Submicron Patterning of Hybrid Perovskites using a Chemically Gas-Assisted Focused-Ion Beam for Subwavelength Grating Photonic Applications,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 7, 137 (2016).

  14. M. S. Alias, H.-Y. Liao, T. K. Ng, and B. S. Ooi, “Charging suppression in focused-ion beam fabrication of visible subwavelength dielectric grating reflector using electron conducting polymer”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 33, 06F701 (2015).

  15. M. S. Alias, I. Dursun, D. Shi, M. I. Saidaminov, E. M. Diallo, D. Priante, T. K. Ng, O. M. Bakr, and B. S. Ooi, “Focused-ion beam patterning of organolead trihalide perovskite for subwavelength grating nanophotonic applications”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 33, 051207 (2015).

  16. M. A. Majid, A. A. Al-Jabr, H. Oubei, M. S. Alias, D. H. Anjum, T. K. Ng, and B. S. Ooi, “First demonstration of InGaP/InAlGaP based orange laser emitting at 608 nm,” Electron. Lett., 51, 1102 (2015).

  17. D. Priante, I. Dursun, M. S. Alias, D. Shi, V. A. Melnikov, T. K. Ng, O. F. Mohammed, O. M. Bakr, and B. S. Ooi, “The recombination mechanisms leading to amplified spontaneous emission at the true-green wavelength in CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskites,” Appl. Phys. Lett., 106, 081902 (2015).

  18. A. Al-Omari, M. S. Alias, A. Ababneh and K. Lear, “Improved performance of top-emitting oxide-confined poliyimide-planarized 980 nm VCSELs with copper-plated heat sinks”, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 45, 505101 (2012).

  19. M. S. Alias and Sahbudin Shaari, “Analysis of single-mode condition and high order modes discrimination in photonic crystal VCSEL”, Appl. Phys. B: Lasers & Opt., 103, 889 (2011).

  20. M. S. Alias and S. Shaari, “Loss analysis of high order modes in photonic crystal vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers”, J. Lightwave Technol. 28, 1556 (2010).

  21. M. S. Alias, S. Shaari, P. O. Leisher, and K. D. Choquette, “Single transverse mode control of VCSEL by photonic crystal and trench patterning”, Phot. Nano. Fund. App., 8, 38 (2010).

  22. P. O. Leisher, C. Chen, J. D. Sulkin, M. S. Alias, and K. D. Choquette, “High Modulation Bandwidth Implant-Confined Photonic Crystal Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers”, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., 19, 1541 (2007).


  • 2010 – PhD in Microengineering & Nanoelectronics, National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
  • 2005 – MSc in Physics, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia
  • 2000 – BSc in Physics, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia

Professional Profile

  • 2016 – present
    Research Scientist, Photonics Laboratory, CEMSE Division, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

  • 2013 – 2016
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Photonics Laboratory, CEMSE Division, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

  • 2003 – 2013
    Principal Researcher & Assistant General Manager, Telekom Malaysia Research & Development, Malaysia

  • 2012 – 2013
    Adjunct Lecturer, School of Microelectronics Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia

  • 2000 – 2002
    Assistant Lecturer, Physics Department, University of Malaya

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Member of IEEE Photonics Society


  • Merit Award for Best of Research & Development category in MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards 2013 for Green Fiber Wireless (G-FiWi) project

  • Silver Medal (R&D category) in 3rd Exposition on Islamic Innovation 2012 (i-Inova 2012), Nilai for Long-wavelength GaAs-based Laser Diode

  • Silver & Bronze Award for GaInNAs Laser Diode and Green Radio Over Fiber in TMR&D Award Day 2012

  • 2011 IT & Network Technology Group Leadership Technology Award from Telekom Malaysia Group for managing process improvement

  • Best Thesis Award from National University of Malaysia in 2010 for PhD thesis

  • Malaysia Most Innovative Product and Gold Award in 19th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2008, Kuala Lumpur for VCSEL SFP

  • Gold Award in 2nd TMR&D Breakthrough Exhibition 2008 for VCSEL SFP

  • Gold Award in 18th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2007, Kuala Lumpur for VCSEL Diode

  • Most Outstanding Invention & Gold Award in 1st TMR&D Breakthrough Exhibition 2007 for VCSEL Diode

  • Researcher of the Year 2007, TMR&D Appreciation Day 2007 for immense R&D achievements and contributions to the company

KAUST Affiliations

Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE) Division