Profile of Dr Zengbo Wang (James)

Dr Zengbo Wang (James)
Senior Lecturer in imaging and nanophotonics
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Dr. Zengbo Wang (James) received BSc degree (1997) and MSc degree (2001) in physics from Xiamen University, P.R. China, and PhD (2005) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.

James was a senior research fellow and the recipient of the “most outstanding R&D Staff Award 2005 (Merit)” of Data Storage Institute, Singapore (2005-2006); a postdoc researcher at The University of Manchester (2006-2008) and The University of Southampton (2008-2009). In 2009, he was awarded a lectureship in laser micro/nano engineering at The University of Manchester, UK. In 2012, he left Manchester and joined Bangor University, taking up current post as a senior lecturer in imaging and nanophotonics in school of electronic engineering.

His research expertise lies in the fields of nanoscopy, imaging, nanofabrication, nanoplasmonics, laser material processing, laser cleaning and their applications. He has wrote more than 120 publications (WOS H-index: 18), including papers in Nature family journals. He has delivered more than 30 invited talks in major international and national conferences and workshops.

James is the leading inventor of the world’s first microsphere-based super resolution white-light nanoscope (known as “microsphere nanoscope”). The work, published in Nature Communications (vol 2, 218, 2011), had attracted wide public interests and media coverage including BBC, New York Times, Daily Mail, etc. It was awarded a first prize in a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) poster competition event in nano-engineering, presented as an invited feature article in Laser Focus World, and selected by the RCUK as one of ’50 big ideas for the future’ in year 2011. Recently, James led his team developed world’s first commercially viable superlens prototype product at Bangor, which is now patent filed (PCT/GB2014/052578). The ‘Bangor superlens’ product can effectively transform a regular microscope into a nanoscope (offering 100 nm resolution in wide field and 50 nm resolution in confocal mode). The superlens resembles a standard coverslip glass design so it is naturally compatible with all existing microscopes used in teaching and research. James has a dream that someday every microscope user will have the ‘Bangor superlens’ product in their hand for daily use of microscopes. The superlens product can find applications in nanofoucsing, nanolithography, nano-solar energy concentrator, nanochemistry, nanomedicine areas as well.

In 2015, James was selected to participate the Wales’s flagship leadership development program, “Welsh Crucible”, which aims to develop the future research leaders of Wales.

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