Group Leader: Dr. Ahmad Fairuz Omar

Affiliation: School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Research Topics: Environment, Food Quality, Plant Disease, Cancer Detection, Dermatology

Website or contact email: http://www.fizik.usm.my/index.php/about-us/our-people/academic/senior-lecturer/27-staff/senior-lecturers/63-ahmad-fairuz-bin-omar


Dr. Ahmad Fairuz Omar currently leading an optical spectroscopy research group in the School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He completed his master’s degree in 2009 with research on the development of an optical fiber sensor in the measurement of water turbidity. He then completed his Ph.D. in 2012 with a research topic on the application of visible and near-infrared spectroscopy in measuring intrinsic qualities of B10 Averrhoa carambola. For the last 10 years, he has been working to fully utilize the application of optical spectroscopy, especially for environmental monitoring, food quality analysis, and medical diagnosis. He is actively reaching out for collaboration with various research faculties in Malaysia and neighboring countries, in enhancing the establishment of spectroscopy network and contribution within this region. In addition, Dr. Omar regularly organized outreach programs to high school and general public in promoting awareness on issues related to sustainability and quality of life, and the potential role that optical spectroscopy carries in handling quality issues from instrumentation and measurement point of view.

Aquaphotomics work

Dr. Omar has previously published several articles on the application of near-infrared spectroscopy in the measurement of aqueous sugars and acids concentration and also in food quality analysis. His current research focus is on implementing near-infrared spectroscopy and aquaphotomics in cancer diagnosis and in skin quality measurement, especially those related to moisture measurement of stratum corneum layer on human skin. This research is in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals (IPharm) and Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), USM.

Dr. Omar can be contacted at fairuz_omar@usm.my and his full academic and research background can be assessed at: