Devices and Sensors Research Lab

connecting dots between our world and nanotechnology world through research and innovation


Welcome to Devices and Sensors Research Lab (DSRL). We investigate exotic and emerging low dimensional materials and use their extraordinary properties to innovate highly efficient sensors and devices for semiconductor applications, precision medicine applications, and sustainable energy applications. Our goal is to push the boundaries of current technologies to limits that have never been reached before with cost effective processes. 

Our interdisciplinary group fabricates nanostructures and nanodevices through a range of innovative methods and fabrication techniques. We investigate integrated low dimensional devices and systems for strategic applications. We combine our efforts in nanoscience and nanotechnology to enable different applications in various sectors, especially in semiconductor chips, quatnum sensing,  and advanced medical diagnosis.

Moh R. Amer

Dr. Amer serves as the co-director of the Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies (CEGN) at University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds a professor appointment and senior member of the technical staff with KACST national labs, a senior associate researcher with USC and UCLA. Dr. Amer obtained in Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2014. Dr. Amer served as a research assistant in the Center of Energy Nanoscience (CEN), part of U.S. Energy Frontier Research Center. Apart from his research, Dr. Amer has a proven record in leading and executing project oriented objectives to achieve goals of strategic initiatives.

─  KACST scientific career in research excellence award, 2024.

─   KACST President Leadership Program Awad, 2023.

─   Organizing committee member of future of semiconductors forum, 2023.

─   Featured 2D photodetectors and solar cells, LEAP to innovate, 2023.

─  Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies award, 2022.

─  Future of Semiconductor forum, best poster award, 2022.

─  Scientific delegate of Science 20 circular economy focus group, 2020.

─  KACST COVID-19 response award,  2020.

─  KACST research, science, and innovation program award, 2019.

─  MIT (Ibn Khaldoun) Postdoctoral Fellowship committee member, 2019.

─  Technical Leaders Program initiative: associate director, 2018.

─  Arab American Frontiers by U.S. National Academies of Sciences Fellowship award, 2016.

May/23/2024: Dr. Amer will be giving an invited talk during Future of Semiconductors Forum

Dr. Amer's talk entitled "Advanced Packaging Strategies of CMOS+2D technologies for low power high performance Artificial Intelligence Technologies" will be delivered during Future of Semiconductors Forum held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June/6/2024. 

April/23/2024: Congratulations to the team for publishing β-TeO2 .

In this work, layer thinning of exfoliated Tellurene nanosheets is investigated. Along with Te thinning, β-TeO2, an emerging 2D semiconductor oxide, is investigated and the optical emission is reported for the first time. The findings show evidence of large exciton binding energy in layered  β-TeO2 nanosheets. 

Feb/15/2024: 3 talks have been accepted to 2024 APS March meeting. Congratulations to the team! 

Our DSRL members will be presenting 3 different talks at 2024 APS March meeting. These talks are:

1- Demonstrating High Performance, Ultra-Low Power with High Photoresponsivity of Van der Waals Transistors for Back-End-of-Line Machine Vision Applications.

2- Development of 2D Semiconductor Oxide Based on β-TeO2 with Room Temperature Broad Photoluminescence.

3- Homogeneous and Continuous Liquid Exfoliated Van der Waals MoS2 and WSe2 Thin Films 

Congratulations to the team! 

Jan/30/2024: Dr. Amer received King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) highest prestigious award, the scientific career in research excellence award .

Dr. Amer has been awarded KACST scientific career in research excellence award for his contribution to research in nanoscience and nanotechnology

Dec/20/2023: Leaping Beyond Silicon Technologies Workshop

Join us on our workshop for technologies beyond silicon technologies. Our workshop will discuss enabling future artificial intelligence and precision medicine via prototyping