Professor Tao Wang

EEE Staff Professor Tao Wang

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 25902

ORCID: 0000-0001-5976-4994


  • PhD (Physics), University of Würzburg, Germany
  • MSc (Physics), Chinese Academy of Science, China
  • BSc (Physics), University of Science and Technology of Beijing, China

Research Activities

  • Epitaxy of III-nitride Semiconductors and Devices
  • Metalorganic Vapour Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE)
  • Novel Nano III-nitride Photonics and Electronics
  • Epitaxial Integration of Photonics and Electronics
  • Hybrid III-nitrides/organic Optoelectronics
  • Flexible III-nitride Photonics and Electronics


  • Professor of Advanced Optoelectronics
  • Director of Centre for GaN Materials and Devices
  • Co-director of Joint Research Centre for Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Optoelectronics
  • Teaching EEE6217 and EEE6216

Research Centre: GaN Materials & Devices


I received my B.Sc degree at USTB, M.Sc degree at CAS and PhD degree at University of Würbzurg in Germany.

I am a professor as Chair in Advanced Opto-Electronics at the University of Sheffield. I am Director of the Sheffield Centre for GaN Materials and Devices and co-Director of the Joint Research Centre for Wide Bandgap Optoelectronics. I started III-nitride semiconductor research at the University of Tokushima in Japan in 1997, and then worked at Nitride Semiconductor Ltd. in Tokushima as the R & D director from 2000 to 2002. I joined the University of Sheffield in 2002. I was awarded “EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow” in 2005. I co-founded Seren Photonics Ltd., a III-nitride semiconductor company in 2009, which was awarded the “Royal Society Emerging Technology Award” in 2015.

My research interests are in the areas of III-nitride semiconductors, large lattice-mismatch epitaxial growth, epitaxial overgrowth on patterned substrates, nanophotonics, electronics, hybrid III-nitrides/organic optoelectronics, integration of photonics & electronics, solar energy devices, etc. I am regularly involved in organising international conferences including the Chair of 16th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Lighting in 2018. I chaired the International Summer School on III-nitride Optoelectronics in 2012. I initiated and chaired the 1st China-UK workshop on GaN Materials and Devices in 2018.

I have ~ 450 publications including 5 book chapters, >220 journal papers and >220 conference papers/presentations. I regularly deliver key-note and invited talks at international conferences. I hold 20 patents in the UK, USA, Japan and Europe. The research innovations are frequently highlighted in major semiconductor magazines. I serve as an Editorial Board Member of Nature Family Journal-Scientific Reports. I also regularly serve as a referee for a large number of journals and publishers such as Nature Photonics; Nature Nanotechnology; Nature Communications; CRC Press, Cambridge Press, etc. So far (until December 2018), I have supervised ~50 Postdoctoral Research Associates and PhD students in total. One of my Ph.D students was awarded “Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Chinese Students Abroad” in 2009.

Research Students

Student Degree Status Primary/Secondary
Yu X PhD Graduated Primary
Athanasiou M PhD Graduated Primary
Benton J PhD Graduated Primary
Gong Y PhD Graduated Primary
Li Z PhD Graduated Primary
Ranalli F PhD Graduated Primary
Renwick P PhD Graduated Primary
Tang H PhD Graduated Primary
Wang Q PhD Graduated Primary
Xing K PhD Graduated Primary
Zhang Y PhD Graduated Primary
Smith R PhD Graduated Primary
Xu B PhD Graduated Primary
Lee KB PhD Graduated Secondary
Wang X PhD Graduated Secondary