Jafar Khan, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

Research Scientist in Laquai group Current Position: Researcher at Northwestern University

Research Interests

​Dr. Jafar’s major research interests are directed towards photophysics of semiconductors, in particular photocarrier recombination processes in highly excited crystals employing ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. In addition my research is focused applying the 4D electron microscope, a combination of spatial and femtosecond temporal resolution, implemented to study the field of materials science.

Selected Publications

  • Photoinduced energy and electron transfer in rubrene-benzoquinone and rubrene-porphyrin systems 
    J.I. Khan, A.S. Abbas, S.M. Aly, A. Usman, V. Melnikov, E. Alarousu, and O.F. Mohammed
    Chem. Phys. Lett. 616, 237-242, (2014)
  • Ultrafast carrier trapping of a metal-doped titanium dioxide semiconductor revealed by femtosecond transient absorp... 
    J. Sun, Y. Yang, J.I. Khan, E. Alarousu, Z. Guo, X. Zhang, Q. Zhang, and O.F. Mohammed
    ACS Appl. Mater. Inter., 6(13), 10022-10027, (2014)
  • Remarkable fluorescence enhancement versus complex formation of cationic porphyrins on the surface of ZnO nanoparti... 
    S.M.B. Aly, M. Eita, J.I. Khan, E. Alarousu, and O.F. Mohammed
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 118(23), 12154-12161, (2014)
  • Effect of Ion Vibration Potential for 1-1Electrolytes 
    J. I. Khan, M. Wang, H. I. Schlaberg, P. Guan
    Chemical Physics Vol 425, 14-18, (2013)
  • Towards Nano-Particle Resonance Imaging for Use in Breast Cancer Imaging 
    P. Guan, M. Wang, H. I. Schlaberg, J. I. Khan, V. Speirs
    Elsevier, special issue, (2009)
  • Ultrasound Vibration Potential Measurement Techniques for Imaging, Nuclear engineering and design 
    H. I. Schlaberg, M. Wang, P. Guan, J. I. Khan
    CElsevier, special issue, (2009)
  • Short XUV pulses to characterize field-free molecular alignment 
    F. Lepine, M. F. Kilng, Y. Ni, J. Khan, O. Ghafur, T. Martchenko, E. Gustafsson, P. Johnso...
    Journal of Modern Optics Vol. 54, No. 7, 953966, (2007)
  • Control of Electron Localiz ation in Molecular Dissociation 
    M. Kling, Ch. Siedschlag, A. -J. Verhoef, J. Khan, M. Schultze, Y. Ni, T. Uphues, M. Uiber...
    Science 312, 246, (2016)
  • Interference of Attosecond Electron Wavepackets 
    T. Remetter, P. Johnsson, K. Varju, Y. Ni, F. Lepine, E. Gustafsson, M. Kling, J. Khan, R....
    Nature Physics, (2006)
  • Angularly resolved electron wave packet interferences 
    K. Varju, P. Johnsson, J. Mauritsson, T. Remetter, T. Ruchon, Y. Ni, F. Lepine, M. Kling, ...
    J. Phys. B, (2006)


  • ​Ph.D., University of Leeds, UK, 2010
  • M.Sc., Physics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2004
  • B.Sc., Physics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002

Professional Profile

  • 2013-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2010-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leeds, UK

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Solar Center (KSC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)