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Dr Xianzhong Chen is a lecturer in metamaterials at Heriot-Watt University. He received his PhD from the Institute of Optics & Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004 and worked there for two years. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt, he was a research fellow in Prof. Shuang Zhang’s group (2010-2013) and Prof. Kyle Jiang’s group (2007-2010) in the University of Birmingham (UB). He also worked as a visiting scholar (2005-2006) in the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory (UB). Dr Chen’s recent work includes the development of metadevices using plasmonic metasurfaces and surface plasmon resonance biosensor chips as well as the realization of macroscopic invisibility cloaking of visible light. He has published over 40 research papers in journals including Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Advanced Optical Materials, Optics Express and Nanotechnology. He obtained the Innovation Award for Young Researchers from the Institute of Optics & Electronics in 2005. His recent work has been selected as one of the \"top 10 breakthroughs for 2010\" by Physics World, \"top 100 stories in 2011\" by Discover Magazine, and received wide media coverage including BBC News, Telegraph, Channel 4, ITV, Guardian, Fox News, USA Today and MSNBC. He is an editorial member of Journal of Biosensors & Bioelectronics and a member of American Nano Society (ANS). He also serves as a referee for over ten journals, including Laser & Photonics Reviews, Scientific Reports, Optics Express, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Sensors and Actuators B.