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Chao He


Chao He BEng MEng MRes DPhil (Oxon)

Principal Investigator


Dr. Chao He completed his DPhil degree in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford from 2018-2020 (within 2 years), during which time he was also a member of Jesus College.

From 2020 (Feb) to 2021 (Aug), Chao was a Postdoctoral Researcher. In 2021 (Sep) he was appointed a Junior Research Fellowship in Engineering at St John’s College (independent researcher), and in 2021 (Oct) was concurrently appointed an Associate Member of Faculty in the Department of Engineering Science. He also serves as a doctoral supervisor and is a Principal Investigator (PI) to lead several research grants, with overall amounts beyond £1 million.

External Services

Guest Editor, Applied Sciences (IF 2.68);
Guest Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry (IF 5.22); etc.

Reviewer, Nature Photonics;
Reviewer, Light: Science & Applications; etc.


Research Interests

Vectorial Optics; Structured Light; Structured Matter

  • Polarisation sensing
  • Structured light
  • Structured matter
  • Microscopy
  • Adaptive optics
  • Optical materials
  • Tissue optics

Research Groups

Selected Publication

1)  Chao He*, Yijie Shen and Andrew Forbes, Light: Science & Applications, 11.1 (2022): 1-17.  (IF 20.3; Springer Nature)

2)  Chao He*, Jianyu Lin, Jintao Chang, et al, Optica 9.10 (2022): 1109-1114.  (IF 10.64; OSA)

3)  Chao He*, Jintao Chang, Patrick S. Salter, et al, Advanced Photonics 4.2 (2022): 026001.  (IF 13.58; SPIE; Cover Paper)

4)  Chao He*, Honghui He, Jintao Chang, et al, Light: Science & Applications, 10.1 (2021): 1-20.  (IF 20.3; Springer Nature; Editors' Highlights)

5)  Chao He*, Jintao Chang, Qi Hu, et al, Nature Communications, 10.1 (2019): 1-8.  (IF 17.69; Springer Nature; Highlighted by Nature Photonics, etc.)

Google Scholar

Selected Appointment/Awards

  • 04/2022 John Fell Fund, OX
  • 10/2021 Associate Member of Faculty, Department of Engineering Science, OX
  • 10/2021 Tutor, 2nd-year Undergraduate Students (A4 Energy Systems), St John’s College, OX
  • 10/2021 Tutor, 3rd-year Undergraduate Students (B13 Circuits and Communications), Department of Engineering Science, OX
  • 05/2021 Junior Research Fellowship (Top 1 among candidates from Chemistry, Engineering and Biology), St John’s College, OX
  • 10/2020 First Prize, “Zhumeng Cup” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (Top 1), Shenzhen
  • 09/2020 Gold Award, ‘‘Challenge Cup’’ National College Student Business Plan Competition, Beijing
  • 08/2020 2020 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (Top 10), Shenzhen
  • 07/2019 2019 Rising Stars of Light Final Winners (Top 10), Light: Science & Applications, CIOMP and Nature Publishing Group
  • 04/2019 Oxford Photonics Day: Student Poster Presentation Prize, 2nd Place (Top 2), OX
  • 01/2018 Scholarship in “Adaptive Optical Microscopy Systems”, OX
  • 05/2016 Excellent Graduate of THU (Top 1%), THU; Excellent Graduate of Beijing (Top 2%), Beijing
  • 11/2015 Nomination for Special Scholarship of THU (Top 10, 0.05%), THU
  • 09/2015 First Prize, International College Students Contest, and “Lihe Cup” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (Top 1, 0.05%), Shenzhen and THU
  • 09/2015 National Scholarship for Graduate Students (Top 1%), THU
  • 10/2012 Special Award for Undergraduate National Scholarship (Top 1 in the province), Zhejiang Province

Selected Practical Experience

  • Composer
  • Lyricist
  • Singer
  • Producer

First Personal Original Music Album --《HE》

DPhil Opportunities

I am interested to hear from potential students who have interests in research areas spanning from vectorial beam generation/analysing/correction techniques to various related applications.