• 609 North Wing, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    • 609 North Wing, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am willing to supervise projects on fibre optical sensor and sensing, laser microfabrication, mid infrared spectroscopy.

    Personal profile

    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

    Highlights:

    • 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

    UK Grant

    • 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 chief 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 ( Institute of Semiconductor , Chinese Acadmy of Sciences)

     

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3504
    Email:k.zhou@aston.ac.uk 
    Room number: NW609

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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