Mohammed Ashraf Gondal

Distinguished Professor

Physics Department

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)

Saudi Arabia



Dr. M. A. Gondal is a Distinguished Professor at the Physics Department, Senior Research Fellow K.A.CARE, World Class Professor (MOE Indonesia)  and Coordinator of Laser Research Group at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and visiting professor at MIT, USA during 2012-2017. Dr. Gondal previously worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Physical Sciences of the Research Institute, KFUPM. Dr. Gondal got his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Applied Physics, the University of Bonn, FR Germany (1983) in the field of high-resolution spectroscopy of upper atmospheric molecules using Laser Magnetic Resonance (LMR) technique. Dr. Gondal was appointed as a Regular Associate Member of the International Center for Theoretical Physics(ICTP), Trieste, Italy (1988-1995). Recently Dr. Gondal has worked at MIT on a 6 years joint project on development of super-hydrophilic and super-ollieophobic surfaces for oil water separation and also have a joint project on laser induced waste water treatment using nanostructured metal oxides and nanocomposites with National University Singapore (NUS) and worked with scientists from Nanjing University China on waste water treatment.

Area of Interests

Dr. Gondal’s research interests are in the multidisciplinary areas of  applied physics, lasers, photonics, nanotechnology,  renewable energy harvesting (PSC & DSSC solar cells), energy storage (super-capacitors) devices, materials science, carbon management, sensors, chemical physics, environment, design and fabrication of different kinds of lasers, laser remote sensing, pollution monitoring using lasers, development of laser based high sensitive analytical techniques (LIDAR, PAS, LIBS,LEI), synthesis of nano structured metal oxides/nanocomposites using novel pulsed laser ablation technique and their applications in corrosion inhibition, petrochemicals,  non destructive testing using laser generated ultrasound, laser applications in petrochemical industries such as methane cracking using photolysis, laser/or solar-photo-catalysis for production of high value hydrocarbons from CO2 conversion & hydrogen generation for fuel cells development, waste water treatment for removal of organic pollutants and disinfection of bacteria,  laser desulfurization of crude oil and laser applications in different fields and atomic and molecular spectroscopy using lasers. Dr. Gondal managed, coordinated and participated in many research projects funded internally by KFUPM and externally by various industrial organizations and national, regional and international funding agencies like KACST, NSTIP, TIC schemes.