Waseem Raja, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

Postdoctoral Fellow in De Wolf Group

Research Interests

​Waseem Raja is currently a postdoctoral fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, where he is involved in light-induced charge transport in modern technological applications, such as solar cells, artificial photosynthesis, and optical detectors. He has a strong background in numerical analysis and computational modeling based on the finite element method, density functional theory, finite difference time domain method and finite difference the method used for estimating the performance next-generation solar cell, plasmonic nanostructure-based photocatalysis devices, and LEDs. In addition, he was also a principal investigator for a project named “Photon Enhanced Thermionic Solar Cell” funded by European Space Agency (www.esa.int/gsp/ACT/nrg/projects/pete.html).

Selected Publications

  • Performance analysis of circularly photonic crystal fibre for orbital angular momentum mode generation 
    B. Biswas, K. Ahmed, K. Ramanujam, B. K.Paul, I. Amiri, W. Raja
    Optical  Engineering, 58, 8, (2019), (2019)
  • Experimental Identification of unique angular dependent scattering behavior of nanoparticles 
    G.Yin, M. Song, W.Raja, P.Andrae, M.Schmid
    Journal of European Optical Society,13,38-42 (2018), (2018)
  • Perovskite nanopillar array-based tandem solar cells 
    W. Raja, M. Schmid, A. Toma, H. Wang, A. Alabastri, R. Proietti Zaccaria
    ACS Photonics,4,2025-2035, (2017), (2017)
  • W. Raja, A. Bozzola, P. Zilio, S. Panaro, A. Alabastri, H. Wang, A. Toma, F. De Angelis, R. Proietti Zaccaria 
    Broadband absorption enhancement in plasmonic nanoshells-based ultrathin microcrystalline-...
    Scientific Reports, 6,24539 (2016), (2016)
  • Disentangling the Role of Shape, Ligands and Dielectric Constants in the Optical Properties of Colloidal CdSe/CdS N... 
    I. Angeloni, W. Raja, R. Brescia, A. Polovitsyn, D.D. Donato, M. Canepa, G. Bertoni, R. Pr...
    ACS Photonics 3, 58-67 (2016), (2016)


  • ​Ph.D., Nanosciences, Italian Institute of Technology/University of Genova, Italy, 2016
  • M.Sc., Photonic Communication, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2009
  • B.Tech., Electronics Engineering, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, India, 2007

Professional Profile

  • ​2018-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany

Scientific and Professional Membership

​IEEE Member 


  • ​Doctoral fellowship from school on “Electrical and Humanoid Technologies” XXVIII Cycle, at the Italian Institute of Technology & University of Genova, Italy, from January 2013 to December 2015.
  • Developing Solution Scholarship funded by The University of Nottingham, the United Kingdom for pursuing post-graduate studies from September 2008-December 2009.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Design strategies to enhance conversion efficiency for thin film and multijunction solar cell technology Computational modeling of photonic and plasmonic functional devices Enhanced light-harvesting bio-detection based on plasmonic nanostructures and graphene Nonlinear Optical Devices such as LED Photodiodes Amplifiers (SOA, EDFA)