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Dr Jiayang Wu

Senior Research Fellow


Dr. Jiayang Wu received the B.Eng. degree in communication engineering from Xidian University in June, 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in December, 2015. After that, he joined Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) in July, 2016. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Optical Sciences Centre of SUT.

After over 10 years' accumulation,  Dr. Wu has gained considerable experience and developed extensive expertise about the use of integrated photonic devices for high-speed optical information processing. His research fields include integrated photonics, nonlinear optics, 2D materials, RF photonics, and optical communications. As of October 1st of 2023, he has more than 100 publications in SCI journals, highlighted by Nature, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Advanced Materials, Nature Communications, Advances in Optics and Photonics, Applied Physics Reviews, Light: Advanced Manufacturing, Small, Nano Letters, and Laser & Photonics Reviews. He is also an inventor on 15 filed patents about integrated photonic devices and optical communication technologies. 

Dr. Wu’s research provides powerful solutions to the implementation of functional components and critical technologies to improve the performance of the state-of-the-art photonic processors, optical communication systems, and optical interconnects − the hardware base for ultra-high-speed data transmission and information processing. He focuses on integrated device technologies that can provide compact device footprint, low power consumption, and the capability for large-scale manufacturing, thus ensuring the research outputs can be of benefit to the end users. His research is dedicated to building a strategic bridge between fundamental science and industry to transform integrated photonics into a practical and reliable technology easily utilised by the broader community.

In 2021, Dr. Wu was named by the Australian’s Research magazine as the top researcher in the field of Optics & Photonics (only 1 person). In 2021, 2022, and 2023, He was named in the world's top 2% of scientists list (Stanford University & Elsevier science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators). He also won the Early Career Researcher – Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award in 2018 and the Rising Star of Science Award in 2022.

Dr. Wu is a Senior Member of IEEE and Optica. He serves or have served as an associate or guest editor for npj Nanophotonics (2024-2026), Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2021, 2023), Micromachines (2021-2023), and Journal of Optics (2019). He serves or have served as the chair for the technical program committee (TPC) of Optoelectronics and Communications Conference 2024, and the TPC member for SPIE NanoPhotonics Australasia (2017), Australian and New Zealand Conferences on Optics and Photonics (2019), Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Pacific Rim (2020), and Advanced Photonics Congress (2021-2023). He also served as a referee for over 80 articles in SCI journals, mainly including Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, Small, Laser & Photonics Reviews, Optica, Advanced Optical Materials, ACS Photonics, Photonics Research, APL Photonics, Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Optics Express, and Optics Letters.

Dr. Wu is / has supervised 16 PhD students in SUT. His PhD students have gone on to win a number of awards, including the IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowships in 2019, 2021, and 2022 (10 recipients globally each year), the Wanda Henry Prize in 2020 (1 recipient in Australia & New Zealand each year), the SUT HDR Woman Researcher of the Year in 2021 (2 recipients in SUT each year), and the SUT Iain Wallace award (for top PhD thesis) in 2020, 2021, and 2022. 

Research interests

Nonlinear optics; Optical communications; RF photonics; 2D materials; Integrated photonics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Functional integrated photonic devices incorporating advanced 2D materials: The implementation of hybrid integrated photonic devices incoporating advanced 2D materials opens promising avenues towards improving the performance of state-of-the-art integrated photonic devices. This project focuses on the design, fabrication, and characterisation of functional hybrid integrated photonic devices incoporating 2D materials.

Integrated photonic devices for high-speed optical information processing: High-speed  information processing drives today’s information age. This project focuses on the use of integrated photonic devices for both linear and nonlinear signal processing in optical communication and microwave photonic systems. It  relies on the mature integrated manufacturing technologies and provides critical components for ultrafast information processing.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Photonics, Optoelectronics And Optical Communications - 510204
  • Optical Properties Of Materials - 340304
  • Nonlinear Optics And Spectroscopy - 510203

Teaching areas

Applied Optics

Professional memberships

  • 2017 (current): Senior Member, IEEE, United States
  • 2016 (current): Senior Member, Optica, United States
  • 2020 (current): Member, AIP, Australia


Also published as: Wu, Jiayang; Wu, J.
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