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Dr Jiangbo Zhu joined the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University as a Lecturer in May 2020. Before the Lectureship, he was a Research Associate from September 2015 leading the research in structured light photonics in the Photonics and Quantum Group at the University of Bristol, and worked under the EU Horizon 2020 project ROAM developing key components and optical fibres for next-generation optical communication and switching systems. He was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate by the James Watt School of Engineering at University of Glasgow from 2018 to 2019, working with Prof Marc Sorel on integrated structured light devices. He is currently also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Bristol, continuing the research with Prof Siyuan Yu on all-optical signal processing.

Dr Zhu received his BEng (2010) and PhD (2015) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Fudan University in China. His doctoral dissertation investigated the theories of structured light and developed novel integrated photonic devices for communication systems. His research in structured light has produced over 60 peer-reviewed papers, including two Nature Communications papers and one feature article on Science.

Research interests

Jiangbo's research interests mainly focus on the theories of complex light fields with tailored spatial/temporal/vectorial properties (ie, structured light), the sub-wavelength scale interaction of structured light with matters, and novel photonic devices and applications enabled by structured light physics. The following themes are typically covered in his research:

  • Optical vortex and orbital angular momentum
  • Transverse spin engineering of light
  • All-dielectric metasurface
  • Optical communications
  • Structured light optical sensing
  • Acoustooptics for optical mode control

Further Information

Currently seeking a PhD student to join the recently established group. If you are an exceptional candidate with an interest in electromagnetics, photonics, AI for optical comms and sensing, please contact:
Previous experience in computational electromagnetic simulation software packages (COMSOL, Lumerical, CST) is desirable. A fully funded PhD studentship is available and more info can be found at:

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical Engineering, PhD, Fudan University

1 Sep 201029 Jun 2015

Award Date: 29 Jun 2015

Electrical Engineering, BEng (Hons), Fudan University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

External positions

University of Bristol

1 Jun 202031 May 2022


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