Arwa Saud Abdullah Abbas

PhD Student

Ms. Arwa is a spirited, energetic, dynamic, and self-motivated researcher professional with impeccable skill, ambition, and creativity. She is fully determined to continue her impressive track record in science and engineering following the vision of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King to rekindle and spread the great and noble virtue of learning that has marked the Arab and Muslim worlds, and to primary goal for our country to be an exemplary and leading nation in all aspects.

Ms. Arwa envisions applying the results of her research and studies to reality to help in advancing technologies in innovative fields such as Nanotechnology, Electronics, Photonics, Space and Aeronautics, and Medicine. As a Saudi woman, she seeks to become a regional leader in her critical and specialized areas. Her mission of dedicating her time intensively toward conducting national research aims to contribute to the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Prior to her PhD study, Ms. Arwa is taking a collaborative program between KACST and KAUST to foster her academic excellence and research experience. Furthermore, by joining KAUST she will gain leverage from the complete set of state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities in order to build competence and capability in nanofabrication. These assets will also support Ms. Arwa’s efforts to ensure the future competitiveness of the Kingdom., Ms. Arwa commits to serve society at a very high level.

Ms. Arwa graduate progress, she received her MASc in Mechanical Engineering (Nanotechnology) University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2013) under the supervision of Professor Mustafa Yavuz from the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, who is the Director of Nano - and Micro - Systems Lab Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN). As well, Ms. Arwa was supervised by Professor Bo Cui from the Department of Electrical Engineering, who leads the Waterloo Nanofabrication Group and whose research is focused on Nano and microstructure fabrication using Nano-Imprint Lithography (NIL) and electron beam lithography, and thin film deposition and etching with biomedical and Nano electric applications. With gratitude, Ms. Arwa gained a brilliant base of experience from working and studying for over two years under the supervision of Professor Yavuz and Professor Cui.

In early 2014 Ms. Arwa joined the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the National Center for Nanotechnology (NCN) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a Researcher. Next, she joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering lead by Professor Boon S. Ooi. She joined the Photonics Lab that is manage by Dr. Tien Khee Ng to dedicate her efforts towards national joint projects between KACST and KAUST on Solid State Lighting as KACST visiting researcher. Her research at KAUST focuses on Nano photonics in the area of sub wavelength gratings for optical enhancement. Her work demonstrates metal-insulator-metal (MIM) with sub wavelength grating (SWG) functionality as a high transmission grating for applications such as Nanowire GaN LED. Moreover, Ms. Arwa’s research interests include design and characterization of resist for electron-beam lithography, and nanofabrication using electron beam lithography for novel resist and applications.

Currently, a PhD student at UCSB working on MOCVD Reactor and Growth & optical modeling toward fabricating A Novel Design to advance Lasers Performance. Under the supervision of profs. Steven Denbaars, & Shuji Nakamura’s Research Group. Prof. Nakamura the 2014 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics.

  • [1] Kuritzky, L., Becerra, D., Abbas, A., Nedy, J., Nakamura, S., DenBaars, S., & Cohen, D. (2016). Chemically assisted ion beam etching of laser diode facets on nonpolar and semipolar orientations of GaN. Semiconductor Science And Technology, 31(7), 075008.
  • [2] Becerra, D., Kuritzky, L., Nedy, J., Abbas, A., Pourhashemi, A., & Farrell, R. et al. (2016). Measurement and analysis of internal loss and injection efficiency for continuous-wave blue semipolar (202¯1¯) III-nitride laser diodes with chemically assisted ion beam etched facets. Applied Physics Letters, 108(9), 091106.