Professor Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang

Professor, Head of Electrical, Electronic and Power Engineering

Phone number: 0121 204 3548

Email: L.zhang@aston.ac.uk

Room number: NW 312


I joined the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (previous Photonics Research Group) in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Aston University in 1994, and was appointed to a Lecturer in 2001 and a Professor in 2005. During my 19 years at Aston University, I have been mainly researching in the area of advanced fibre grating devices, technologies and applications and published over 400 papers in peer-review journals and international conferences.  

Qualifications & education

  • BA in Physics, Suzhou University, China, 1978
  • PhD in Physics, Sussex University, UK, 1990


  • 2005 – to date: Professor of Photonics, School of Engineering & Applied Science,  Aston University. 
  • 2001 – 2005: Lecturer, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University. 
  • 1997 – 2001: Senior Research Fellow, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University. 
  • 1994 – 1997: Research Fellow, Photonics Research Group, Aston University
  • 1990 – 1994: Postdoc Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Sussex University
  • 1979 – 1986: Lecturer, Physics Department, Suzhou University, China 

Teaching activity

  • First Year Undergraduate Module on Physical Principles and Electric Circuits  
  • Final Year Undergraduate Module on Optoelectronics
  • Supervising Final Year and MSc projects

Research Interests

  • Fibre and guidewave optics 
  • Interferometric optics 
  • Fibre grating devices and applications 
  • Fibre lasers
  • Optical sensors and sensing technologies
  • Femtosecond laser technology
  • Micro/nano photonic structures and devices
  • Biophotonics

Recent Funding

  • EPSRC Programme Grant as co-investigator: EP/J017582/1 UNLOC 

PhD Supervision

Currently supervising 5 PhD students

Member of Professional bodies


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