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Dr Mohammed Zahed M Khan

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Engineering and the Built Environment
Areas of Expertise:
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Research Supervision:

Mohammed Khan is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at ARU. He has more than 12 years' experience in teaching and research, developing modules and courses, as well as employing inductive learning approaches in classroom instruction. Dr Khan’s research focuses on developing near-infrared and visible semiconductor lasers and engaging them in optical communications and sensing applications.

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Mohammed received his BEng degree in electronics and communication from Osmania University, India, in 2001; MSc in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, in 2004; and PhD in electrical engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, in 2013.

Before joining KFUPM, he was a SABIC postdoctoral research fellow in Photonics Laboratory, KAUST, from 2014–2015.

From 2001–2002 and 2004–2009, Mohammed was a lecturer in electronics and communication engineering at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, and electrical and electronics engineering technology, at KFUPM – Hafr Albatin campus, Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Currently, Mohammed is working on simulation and experiments (both device and system level) on novel semiconductor optoelectronic devices, particularly on laser diodes, and engaging them for applications in microwave photonics, optical communications, and sensing. His prior research involved developing numerical models for integrated optics device simulation.

Spoken Languages
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • English
Research interests

Semiconductor optoelectronic devices

  • III-V compound-based narrow-band and broad-band lasers and superluminescent diodes (near-infrared and visible regions)
  • Monolithic tunable semiconductor lasers, laser-amplifiers, etc
  • Mode-locked/Injection-locked semiconductor lasers

Optical communication and sensing

  • Terahertz and millimetre photonics
  • C and L band WDM optical communication
  • Optical fibre, free space, as underwater optical communications

Modeling and simulation of active/passive optical devices

  • Semiconductor lasers and LEDs
  • Wavelength filters, polarization controllers, etc
Areas of research supervision
  • Optical fibre sensing (soil moisture, humidity, etc)
  • Optical communications (free-space and underwater)
  • Engaging machine learning in optical communication and sensing

BEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering:

  • Design and Manufacturing Project
  • Digital Electronics
  • Analogue Electronics

Other BEng (Hons) courses:

  • Design and Manufacturing Project
  • Applied Mathematics
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • MSc Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia, 2004
  • BEng Electronics and Communication Engineering, Osmania University, India, 2001
Memberships, editorial boards


  • Editor: Editorial Board of Optical and Quantum Electronics Journal, Springer Nature
  • Review Editor: Editorial Board of Optical Communications and Networks, special section of Frontiers in Communications and Networks Journal, Frontiers


  • Senior Member, IEEE and Optica (formally OSA)
  • Member, SPIE and IET
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) Technology Innovation Grant of > $500K, Dec 2015–Dec 2021
  • Saudi Arabian Basic Industries (SABIC) postdoc fellowship of > $75K, June 2014–July 2015
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Internal Research Grants accumulating > $400K, September 2015–Aug 2023
Selected recent publications

Dr Khan has authored/co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed ISI journal publications and more than ten book chapters and technical reports since 2005 in the field of photonics. A comprehensive list of journal publications can be found on his Google Scholar, Scopus, ResearchGate and Web of Science profiles.

Since 2023

Ragheb, M. Masood, M. Esmail, N. Iqbal, W. Saif, H. Fathallah, S. Alshebeili and M. Z. M. Khan (2024). Deep Learning Assisted InAs/InP Quantum-dash Laser Structured Light Modes Detection Under Foggy Channel. Optics Communications, 563, pp.130579.

M. Z. M. Khan, A. Ragheb, M. Masood, W. Saif, M. Esmail, N. Iqbal, Q. Tareq, A. S. Almaiman, H. Fathallah, and S. Alshebeili (2024). L-band InAs/InP quantum dash laser spatial OAM light modes classification under smoke environment: An image processing enhanced deep learning approach. Optics and Laser Technology, 168, pp. 109933.

R. Isa, J. Mirza, S. Ghafoor, M. Z. M. Khan, and K. K. Qureshi (2023). Junction Temperature Optical Sensing Techniques for Power Switching Semiconductors: A Review. Micromachines, 14(8), pp. 1636.

Newaz, M. O. Faruque, R. Al Mahmud, R. H. Sagor, and M. Z. M. Khan (2023). Machine Learning Enabled Multimode Fiber Specklegram Sensors: A Review. IEEE Sensors Journal, 23(8).

Ragheb, Q. Tareq, M. A. Esmail, S. Alshebeili and M. Z. M. Khan (2023). Sub-THz Signal Transmission using L-band Quantum-dash Laser Source: Experiments and Modeling under Harsh Environment. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 29(5), pp. 8500609.

R. Mahmood, R. H. Sagor, and M. Z. M. Khan (2023). Surface Plasmon Refractive Index Biosensors:  A Review of Optical Fiber, Multilayer 2D Material and Gratings, MIM Configurations. Optics and Lasers Technology, 159, pp. 108939.

Recent presentations and conferences

Dr Khan has authored/co-authored more than 70 refereed conference oral and poster presentations at various prestigious and flagship conferences in the field of photonics since 2005. A comprehensive list of conference publications can be found on his Google Scholar, Scopus, ResearchGate and Web of Science profiles.

Since 2022

M. Z. M. Khan (2023). C/L-band Broadband Quantum Confined Semiconductor Lasers for Future Wideband Optical-MMW/THz Heterogeneous Networks. Invited talk,. 8th IEEE Optoelectronics Global Conference (OGC), Shenzhen, China, September 2023.

M. Z. M. Khan (2022). InAs/InP Quantum-dot/dash Laser Technology for Next-generation Hybrid Optical-Millimeter wave Infrastructures. Invited talk. 7th IEEE Optoelectronics Global Conference (OGC), Shenzhen, China, December 2022.

A. Alamoudi, M. Masoud, and M. Z. M. Khan (2022). Underwater Wireless Optical Communication Channel Characterization using Machine Learning Techniques. 7th Optoelectronics Global Conference (OGC), Shenzhen, China, December 2022.

M. Z. M. Khan, Q. Tareq, A. M. Ragheb, M. A. Esmail and S. Alshebeili (2022). InAs/InP Quantum-dash Laser-based 8 Gb/s QPSK/16QAM Bidirectional 25–28 GHz MMWoF-Wireless Transport System in Mid L-band. IEEE-OSA Conference on Laser and Electro-Optics (CLEO), San Jose, USA, May 2022.

M. Z. M. Khan (2022). Deployment of 1610 nm InAs/InP Quantum-dash Laser Diode in 28–50 GHz Hybrid RoF-RoFSO-Wireless Transmission System. Invited talk. 10th International Conference on Photonics, Optics, and Laser Technology (PHOTOPTICS), Portugal, February 2022.