Xu Fang is a Lecturer in the Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group, ECS, University of Southampton. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University (1st university in China and 24th in the world according to QS World University Ranking 2016-2017) in 2004. He then obtained his Ph.D. in 2009 in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (the national research institution of China, 1st in the world in Nature Index 2016). Before joining the University of Southampton in 2012, he held a 3-year fellowship in RIKEN (the largest and most comprehensive national research institute in Japan). During this time, he became fluent in Japanese.
He has passion and experience for physics and engineering. In particular, he is interested in understanding and exploiting the behaviours of photons and electrons at the nanoscale, and applying this knowledge to developing novel optoelectronic devices such as high-sensitivity sensors and optical computation chips. Highlights of recent work (conducted in the Optoelectronics Research Centre) include the first reports on coherent detection of invisible resonances and metamaterial thin-film logic gates.
His key research area is in plasmonics. He has published first-author papers on this topic in high-impact journals including: Physical Review series (Letters, B, Applied), Applied Physics Letters, Light Science & Applications and Scientific Reports. He also works on a much broader range of topics in nanophotonics and nanoelectronics through collaboration. As of September 2016, he began collaborating with researchers in MIT (USA), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Japan), and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China under the support of the EPSRC, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and a visiting associate professorship. He has served on the programme committees of several international conferences including CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics) 2017.