Ultrafast Dynamics Group
Frédéric Laquai's Group


Ahmed Balawi

PhD Students

Research Interests

​​Organic Photovoltaics, Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy

Selected Publications

  • Performance limitations in thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole- 4,6-dione-based polymer:ITIC solar cells
    Yang, Fan, Deping Qian, Ahmed Hesham Balawi, Yang Wu, Wei Ma, Frédéric Laquai, Zheng Tang, Fengling Zhang, and Weiwei Li.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2017).
  • ​​Programmable and coherent crystallization of semiconductors
    Yu, Liyang, Muhammad R. Niazi, Guy O. Ngongang Ndjawa, Ruipeng Li, Ahmad R. Kirmani, Rahim Munir, Ahmed H. Balawi, Frédéric Laquai, and Aram Amassian. Science Advances 3, no. 3 (2017): e1602462.
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic inks flatten the energy landscape in colloidal quantum dot solids
    Liu, Mengxia, Oleksandr Voznyy, Randy Sabatini, F. Pelayo García de Arquer, Rahim Munir, Ahmed Hesham Balawi, Xinzheng Lan et al.  Nature Materials (2016).
  • Mesostructured Fullerene Electrodes for Highly Efficient n–i–p Perovskite Solar Cells
    Zhong, Yufei, Rahim Munir, Ahmed Hesham Balawi, Arif D. Sheikh, Liyang Yu, Ming-Chun Tang, Hanlin Hu, Frédéric Laquai, and Aram Amassian. ACS Energy Letters 1, no. 5 (2016): 1049-1056.


  • ​MEng, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, 2013 

Professional Profile

  • ​​2015-2016: Research Intern, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Reseach, Mainz, Germany
  • 2015-2015: Research Intern, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Solar Center (KSC)

Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)​