During the previous Photonics Summer Camps, participants actively participated in a research project that focused on key areas of photonics research and were mentored by leading scholars and experts. Students were matched with professors based on their interests and expertise. 

‌The research topics in Photonics Summer Camp for each professor are outlined below:


Photonics of Complex Systems: Professor Andrea Fratalocchi

  1. Artificial intelligent photonics hardware for machine vision and ultra-sensitive detection.
  2. Machine learning adaptive metamaterials.
  3. Neuromorphic optoelectronic hardware for on-chip cognitive computing.

Professor Boon Ooi

  1. All solar-driven scalable ammonia production - a semiconductor approach to world food production: 
    • The project focuses on identifying promising photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical nitrogen reduction reactions in large-area under a completely solar-driven process. Specifically, we are looking to design novel photoelectrodes with excellent photo-charge carrier generation, superior catalyst activity, and high selectivity. Further, the project includes identifying alternative water sources such as seawater/wastewater. Once developed, the technology is anticipated to solve the disparity in fertilizer distribution and delocalize its production to individual farms.

  2. Ultrawide bandgap semiconductors for power electronics, semiconductor photonics, and quantum technology:
    • The project focuses on the development of group-III oxide and its hybrids for pushing the frontiers of advanced semiconductor epitaxy technologies. Leveraging highly sophisticated and state-of-the-art epitaxy techniques and heterostructures development, characterization experiments will be carried out targeting the eventual design and fabrication of devices. The use-inspired research targets the domain of electric vehicles, power transmission as well as quantum bit processing, and secure communication.

  3. State-of-the-art distributed fiber sensing:
    • The project focuses on the development of electronics and photonics for ultra-sensitive, multi-sensing using lasers. The selection and integration of hardware and electronics will be carried out to continue to improve our award-winning laser-sensing box. The industry-driven research has already fulfilled the demands of several real-world applications in all-weather and multi-scenario environments and infrastructure sensing.

Professor Carlo Liberale

  1. High-resolution 3D printing of novel photonic devices.
  2. Development of a chemically sensitive microscope for label-free bioimaging.

Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini

  1. Study of free space optical communication for integrated Ground-Air-Space networks.
  2. Study of laser-powered drones.
  3. Development of resource allocation schemes for aerial visible light communications.

Professor Xiaohang Li

  1. AlGaN deep UV LEDs.
  2. Ultra-small micro DUV LEDs.
  3. Deep UV photodetectors.

Integration of On-Chip Light Sources: Professor Yating Wan

  1. Integrated Quantum Dot Lasers on Silicon.
  2. Integrated photonics for artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing.
  3. Linewidth narrowing in self-injection-locked on-chip lasers.


Biophotonics:  Professor Carlo Liberale

  1. Optical tweezers

  2. High resolution 3D printing based on multi-photon processes

  3. Multi-photon microscopy

  4. Label-free microscopy based on vibrational spectroscopy

 New revolutionary processes of energy harvesting: Professor Andrea Fratalocchi

  1. Nanomaterials for energy

  2. Optical sorting of bio molecular matter

  3. Artificial intelligent photonics

  4. 3D Holographic flexible displays

  5. Optical neurocomputers

 Energy-conversion phenomena: Professor Kazuhiro Ohkawa

  1. Overflow current in quantum-well-structures

  2. Optical-electrochemical study on a photo-electrode system

  3. Study on semiconductor/oxide interface phenomena

  4. Simulation of semiconductor/oxide superlattices

Semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits: Professor Boon S.Ooi

  1. Group-III Nitride Nanowire UVLEDs on Metal

  2. Solar Hydrogen Fuel Generation

  3. Underwater Optical Wireless Communications

Photonics communication science and technology: Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini

  1. Free space optical communication systems

  2. Li-Fi systems & networks

  3. Ultra-violet communication systems

  4. Visible light communications

  5. High bitrate underwater communications

Semiconductors for photonics: Professor Xiaohang Li

  1. Fabrication of high performance LED and laser

  2. Characterization of emerging semiconductor materials

  3. Cutting-edge compound semiconductor LEDs and lasers

  4. Fundamental semiconductor studies