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Xia is a Royal Society Newton Fellow. He was awarded the Newton International Fellowship by the Society in 2011. Xia received his BEng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Between March and June 2010, he was a visiting researcher at Australian National University and he later worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the CUHK until coming to the UK. Xia has carried out both theoretical and experimental implementation of novel quasi-periodic nanostructures for efficient coupling between nanophotonic wires and optical fibers, including chirped gratings, apodized gratings and various novel subwavelength structures. Besides gratings, he implemented a mid-infrared fiber laser in his PhD study and worked on the design, fabrication and measurement of integrated silicon photonic devices, both for communication network and sensing in mid-infrared wavelengths. He also has several years of experience with telecommunication systems and cleanroom work. Xia was awarded the TSMC Outstanding Student Research Award in 2010. He has authored and co-authored over 35 papers in Journals and international conference proceedings. He is also serving as reviewer for many Journals, such as Photonics Technology Letters, Optics Letters, Optics Express and Journal of Lightwave Technology.
Xia (Kenneth) Chen is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton and University of Southampton.