• The Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering , Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

My research covers photonic technology areas including optical fibre devices, sensors and system integration, optical communication, optical fibre Bragg grating, micro/nano photonic devices, biophotonic, label-free biosensor, chemsensor, optical waveguide theory, fibre laser, semiconductor laser, ultrafast fast laser and micromachining. With a strongly application-oriented research and close collaboration with industries like BAe, Airbus and SMEs, I have been the investigator or principle researcher on a number of large research and development programmes, including InnovateUK projects and ERDF projects. The research output has been outstanding with 200 publications, 2409 citations and google H-index of 29


  • Tilted fibre grating technologies
  • Femtosecond laser micro-machining of optical fibre for photonic and microfluidic devices
  • Innovative exploitation of label-free biosensor for fast, sensitive and real-time detection of DNA.
  • In-fibre polariser fibre using 45 tilted fibre Bragg grating.

Research Projects/Collaborations


  • Manufacturing techniques based on intelligent control systems and sensors, £197K,  2017-2019

Innovate UK, collaborative research programme with Branscan Ltd, Warburton Ltd

  • Distributed UV and Near Infra-Red Fluorescence sensing system for real time monitoring of food quality and contamination and process control £184K          2014-2016

Innovate UK , collaborative research programme with Branscan Ltd, Warburton Ltd, ArdenPhotonic                                            

  • Fuel System Integrated Research optical technologies for fuel tank sensing, £220K,                                                          2015-2017

Innovate UK Collaborative research programme with Airbus.

  • KTP with Optimec Ltd, £120K                                                             2013-2015
  • KTP with Gasdata Ltd, £126K                                                              2013-2015


European Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions

  • Fibre-Optic Multi-parametric BIochemical Sensing Technology €180K                                                                                      2015-2017

ERDF projects (as researcher)

  • Fibre laser and sensors phase ~£1.1 million                      2009-2012
  • Fibre laser and sensor phase 2  ~£1.2 million                   2012-2015 
  • Innovate products service and support ~300k                    2016-2019


International Collaboration and others

  • Ultrafast laser micromachining of semiconductor materials £20K                                                                                              2013-2014

Royal Academy of Engineering, international collaboration  

  •  Supplying of 45◦ tilted fibre Bragg grating, Electro-optics Technology, Inc $6K                                                                                 2010

Industrial consultancy, International collaboration

 High extinct ratio polarised fiber $150K       2006-2008

European Office of Aerospace Research & Development , international collaboration and partners include US air force research laboratory, Leiki Ltd

  •  Highly side-mode-suppressed fibre Bragg grating external cavity semiconductor laser CNY100K                                 1999-2000

Institute Director Fund RMB


Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3504
Room number: NW313

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Research Output 2003 2019

23 MHz widely wavelength-tunable L-band dissipative soliton from an all-fiber Er-doped laser

Huang, Q., Zou, C., Mou, C., Guo, X., Yan, Z., Zhou, K. & Zhang, L., 8 Jul 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 14, p. 20028-20036 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ultrahigh frequencies
solitary waves

A Simple All-Fiber Solc Filter Based on 45-Tilted Fiber Gratings

Xing, Z., Guo, X., Qin, H., Zhang, W., Sun, Q., Zhou, K., Yan, Z., Liu, D. & Zhang, L., 15 Oct 2019, In : IEEE Photonics Technology Letters. 31, 20, p. 1631-1634 4 p., 8825983.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Polarization-maintaining fiber

Compact linear polarization spectrometer based on radiation mode shaped in-fiber diffraction grating

Qin, H., He, Q., Moreno, Y., Xing, Z., Guo, X., Yan, Z., Sun, Q., Zhou, K., Liu, D. & Zhang, L., 30 Sep 2019, In : Optics Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

gratings (spectra)
linear polarization

Excessively tilted fiber grating based Fe3O4 saturable absorber for passively mode-locked fiber laser

Wang, H., Zhao, F., Yan, Z., Hu, X., Zhou, K., Zhang, T., Zhang, W., Wang, Y., Zhao, W., Zhang, L. & Sun, C., 17 May 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 11, p. 15693-15700 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
fiber lasers
coupled modes

Excessively tilted fiber grating-based vector magnetometer

Lu, T., Sun, Y., Moreno, Y., Sun, Q., Zhou, K., Wang, H., Yan, Z., Liu, D. & Zhang, L., 10 May 2019, In : Optics Letters. 44, 10, p. 2494-2497 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

magnetic flux


Advanced optical fibre gratings for nano-structural characterisation and biosensing applications

Author: Badmos, A., 7 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Zhang, L. (Supervisor) & Zhou, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Near- and mid-IR fibre grating devices and applications

Author: Sun, Z., 26 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Zhang, L. (Supervisor) & Zhou, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Optical fibre sensors and their interrogation

Author: Simpson, A. G., 2005

Supervisor: Bennion, I. (Supervisor), Kalli, K. (Supervisor), Zhang, L. (Supervisor) & Zhou, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy