• 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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