Dr Chao Wang

Lecturer in Electronic Systems

Location: Jennison Building - Room 1.57

Research Group: Broadband and Wireless Communications

Subject Area: Microwave Photonics, Biophotonics, Optical Sensing, Optical Communications

Qualifications: BEng (Tianjin), MSc (Nankai), PhD (Ottawa); MIEEE, MIEEE/PS, MIEEE/MTT-S, MOSA, and MSPIE.

Dr Chao Wang is currently a Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent. His research interests lie in inter-disciplinary areas that study the interaction between photonics and other traditional or state-of-the-art technologies in different fields, such as microwave photonics, optical communications and biophotonics, for widespread industrial, communications, biomedical, and defense applications.

To read more about his research work, please visit his personal webpage



Dr Chao Wang received a B.Eng degree in Opto-electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, China (2002), a M.Sc degree in Optics from Nankai University, China (2005) and a Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada (2011). 

He joined the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent as a Lecturer in February 2013. Prior to joining Kent, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Photonics Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. During his PhD study at the University of Ottawa, his research efforts have been focused on Microwave Photonics, an area that studies the interaction between microwave and optical waves for various applications such as wireless communications, radar, sensors, biomedical imaging and instrumentation. He has extended his research fields to biophotonics when he did his postdoctoral work at UCLA, where he developed novel ultrafast and high-resolution real-time spectroscopy and microscopy for high-throughput imaging and screening rare cancer cells.

He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and international conference papers (including five invited papers and three Best Student Paper Awards). For a complete list of his publications, please visit this page. The total citations of his work are more than 720 and H-index is 13. His work has been highlighted in major academic media, such as Nature Photonics, Nature Biotechnology, Time Magazine, Scientific American, Optics & Photonics News and Laser Focus World. He has received several prestigious international and national awards, including SPIE Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering (2008), Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2009) , IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2009), IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship (2010), Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011), and Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant (2014).

He is a member of IEEE, the IEEE-PS, the IEEE-MTTS, OSA and SPIE. He also serves as a regular reviewer of OSA Optics Express, OSA Optics Letters, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Photonics Journal, IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE Antennas and Wirelss Propagation Letters, OSA Applied Optics, OSA Photonics Research, IET Electronics Letters, Elsevier Optics Communications, Elsevier Sensors and Actuators B, Journal of Modern Optics, MDPI Sensors, MDPI Photonics, MDPI Electronics, and Wiley EEEE. He served as the Co-organizer and Chair of Mini-Symposium on Microwave Photonics at PIERS 2014


Recent News: (read more)

  • (July 2014) Welcome Mr Rui Min to join the team in July. Rui is a visiting research student from Harbin Engineering University, China.
  • (May 2014) Dr Chao Wang has been awarded a Chunhui Academic Exchange Grant, funded by the Ministry of Education of China, to develop collaboration with Southwest Jiaotong University in China. 
  • (April 2014) Dr Chao Wang has just been awarded a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG) in the value of 100,000 Euros funded by European Union. Read more in EDA News
  • (April 2014) Dr Chao Wang and Dr Paul Young have been awarded an additional University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship. A PhD postition is available immediately. The successful candidate will work on a research project entitled "Real-time photonic terahertz coherence tomography". The project is a collabration with Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Further information on the project and how to apply can be found on this page.
  • (March 2014) Dr Chao Wang has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant, with Prof Ming Li from the Institute of Semiconductor, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
  • (February 2014) Dr Nathan Gomes and Dr Chao Wang have been awarded a University of Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship. This studentship is available to investigate a technique for optical fibre transport of MIMO/virtual-MIMO radio signals for 5G wireless/mobile systems.
  • (January 2014) Dr Chao Wang hosted Prof Bahram Jalali's visit to the School of EDA. Prof Jalali is the Northrop-Grumman Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics and Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the American Physical Society (APS). Prof Jalali gave a School Research Seminar talk during his visit to EDA.
  • (December 2013) Dr Chao Wang received a Faculty of Sciences Research Fund (£1,450) from the Univesity of Kent.
  • (November 2013) Dr Chao Wang's new paper "Ultrahigh-resolution photonic-assisted microwave frequency identification based on temporal channelization" has been published in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. link
  • (October 2013) Dr Chao Wang is serving as the Co-Organizers of Mini-Symposium on Microwave Photonics and Focus Session on Real-time High-speed Measurements for Communication, Biomedical, and Industrial Applications in the 35th Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2014), which will be held during 25-28 August, 2014, in Guangzhou, China. 
  • (September 2013) Dr Chao Wang attended the 8th International Workshop on Optical Signal Processing and Optical Switching (IWOO2013), held in Edinburgh, UK, and gave an invited talk entitled "Screening Rare Cancer Cells using High-throughput Photonic Time-Stretch Flow Imager".
  • (September 2013) Dr Chao Wang published an invited review paper on FBGs for microwave photonics subsystems in Optics Express (Microwave Photonis Focus Issue). 
  • (August 2013) Dr. Chao Wang attended the 34th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2013) held in Stockholm, Sweden, and gave an invited talk entitled "Dispersive Fourier Transformation for Microwave Photonics Applications".
  • (March 2013) Dr Chao Wang contributed one book chapter “Fiber Bragg Gratings for Microwave Photonics Applications,” in a new book Microwave Photonics, Second Edition, published by CRC Press (ISBN 9781466502864).
  • (February 2013) Dr Chao Wang moved from Los Angeles, USA, to Canterbury, UK, to join the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent as a Lecturer. link‚Äč


Study Opportunities for Graduate Students:

Exciting study opportunities are available for graduate (PhD and Master) students. Candidates with various educational and research backgrounds such as electrical engineering, phyics, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering are welcome to apply. Backgrounds in photonics/optics would be a plus. Prospective students can work on a number of interesting projects. Proposals from students are also very welcome. Interested candidates should send a brief email along with an updated CV to Dr Chao Wang. Information about postgraduate programs in the School of Engineering and Digitial Arts at the University of Kent and how to apply can be found here.

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Dr Chao Wang's research interests lie in inter-disciplinary areas that study the interaction between photonics and other traditional or state-of-the-art technologies in different fields, such as microwave photonics, biophotonics and fiber optics, for industrial, communications, biomedical, and defense applications. 

  • Microwave Photonics: photonic generation of microwave arbitrary waveforms, microwave photonic signal processing, radio-over-fiber, optical sensors.

  • Biophotonics: ultrafast high-throughput optical imaging for cancer diagnosis, optical coherence tomography.

  • Ultrfast Optics: coherent optical pulse shaping, characterization of ultrafast optical pulses, ultrafast optical signal processing.

  • Fiber Optics: fiber lasers and amplifiers, fiber Bragg gratings, fiber-optic sensors and ultrafast interrogation systems, photonic crystal fiber devices.

His research activities have been funded by the EU Marie-Curie Actions, the Royal Society of UK, University of Kent, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. His current funded research projects include:

  • 2014-2018 (PI): "Next generation ULTrafast continuously running Imaging System for biomedical applications (NULTIS)". EU FP-7 Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant.
  • 2014-2015 (PI): "Integrated Microwave Photonics Signal Processing for High-speed Optical Imaging". Royal Society International Exchanges Grant.
  • 2014-2017 (PI, with Dr P. Young and Prof J. Stiens): "Real-time Photonic Terahertz Coherence Tomography". Funded by the University of Kent.
  • 2014-2017 (CoI, with Dr N. Gomes): "Optical fibre transport of MIMO/virtual-MIMO radio signals for 5G wireless/mobile systems". Funded by the University of Kent.  

More information about Dr Wang's research can be found here


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Dr Wang's research activities have been funded by different funding bodies. 

Marie Curie Actions  The Royal Society  The EU Horizon 2020  University of Kent  

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Last Updated: 20/03/2014