Dr James Wang

Senior Lecturer in Imaging and Laser Micromachining


James received BSc and MSc degrees in physics from Xiamen University, P.R. China, in 1997 and 2001 respectively, and a PhD in 2005 in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.

His research expertise lies in the fields of nanophotonics, metamaterial and laser processing, with special focuses on super-resolution microscopy, imaging, sensing, laser cleaning and processing for industry. He has published more than 150 papers and delivered more than 40 invited talks, with an H-index 29 (Sept. 2018).


James and his ‘Bangor Superlens Team’ is well-known for their pioneering works on microsphere and nanoparticle-based superlens technologies, including ‘microsphere superlens’ and ‘microsphere nanoscope’ (2011, published in Nature Communications), ’spider silk superlens’ (2016, Nano Letters) and ’nanoparticle superlens’ (2016, Science Advances). All these works were widely publicised and appeared in major media including BBC, New York Times, Daily Mail, Independent, Australian BC, China Xinhua and a huge number of science and engineering websites, as well as in RCUK’s ’50 big ideas for the future’. James is the 2016 finalist for ‘Research Excellence Award’ and ‘Dissertation/thesis supervisor of the year’ of Bangor University. He was also selected as a member of 2015 Welsh Crucible cohort (group of young Wales-based leaders in academia, industry and business). He received Most Outstanding R&D Staff Merit Award in 2005 for his contribution in laser cleaning at DSI Singapore.

The latest nanoparticle superlens developed by James and his team is one of the most powerful superlens in the field at present. Compared to other superlenses, Bangor’s superlens produces shaper and better-quality images of super-resolved nanoscale features, including for example 60-nm polystyrene nanoparticles, 45-nm gaps in semiconductor chips and adenoviruses. The team is currently developing a superlens-integrated biochip device and a superlens-based nano-imaging & fabrication system.

James and his team are open to collaboration and look forward to hearing from any potential collaborators. For more information about James please visit his personal website at:  http://www.drzwang.com

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