Phone: 87558725


Academic Areas: Infrared fiber optics;In-fiber nano fabrications;Advanced functional fibers and textiles in photonics,telecommunication, energy and biomedical applications.

Dr. Tao received his B. Eng. (2006), M.Sc. (2009), and Ph.D. (2014) in optics/optoelectronic from Shandong University, Fudan University, and the University of Central Florida, respectively. He was a visiting scholar at Chinese Academy of Science (2007-2008), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012) and an infrared material engineer at LightPath Technologies (2012-2013). He is a Sr. Research Scientist at CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics since 2014. He has also served as referee for 30+ journals in optics, physics, chemistry, and materials. He has been awarded several scholarships/honors from Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and was awarded the Extraordinary Potential Prize winner of Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2013). He has years of research experience in optical sciences and engineering in academia, industry, and government institutes with expertise in the areas of infrared material, infrared fiber, in-fiber nano-fabrication, and advanced functional fibers and textiles. He has also been the session chair of multiple international conferences. He will serve as the organizer and session chair of MRS Spring 2017 (Symposium SM2: Advanced multifunctional fibers and textiles) at Phoenix, AZ, USA and the organizer and session chair of the conference of Materials Science and Technology 2017 (Symposium: Glass Composites) at Pittsburg, PA, USA. Dr. Tao is also the cofounder of Lambda Photonics LLC, a startup company which developed out of his Ph.D. work. 

Academic Degrees

PhD in Optics, 2014, CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida;

M.S. in Optics, 2009, Fudan Univ.;

B.E. in Optoelectronics, 2006, Shandong Univ.

Professional Experience

2017 – present Professor of School of Optical and Electronic Information

2015 – 2017      Sr. Research Scientist, CREOL/UCF

2014 – 2015 Research Scientist, CREOL/UCF

Selected Publications

15) G. Tao, J. J. Kaufman, S. Shabahang, R. R. Naraghi, S. V. Sukhov, J. D. Joannopoulos, Y. Fink, A. Dogariu, and A. F. Abouraddy, “Digital design of multimaterial photonic particles,“Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 6839-6844 (2016).

14) S. Shabahang, G. Tao, J. J. Kaufman, Y. Qiao, L. Wei, T. Bouchenot, A. P. Gordon, Y. Fink, Y. Bai, R. S. Hoy, and A. F. Abouraddy, “Controlled fragmentation of multimaterial fibres and films via polymer cold-drawing,” Nature534, 529-533 (2016).

13) Y. Sun, S. Dai, P. Zhang, X. Wang, Y. Xu, Z. Liu, F. Chen, Y. Wu, Y. Zhang, R. Wang, and G. Tao, “Fabrication and characterization of multimaterial chalcogenide glass fiber tapers with high numerical apertures” Opt. Express 23, 23472-23483 (2015).

12) G. Tao, H. Ebendorff-Heidepriem, A. M. Stolyarov, S. Danto, J. V. Badding, Y. Fink, J. Ballato, and A. F. Abouraddy.“Infrared fibers,”Adv. Opt. Photon.7, 379-458, (2015).  Invited Review paper.

11) G. Tao, S. Shabahang, S. Dai, and A. F. Abouraddy,“Multimaterial disc-to-fiber approach efficiently produce robust infrared fibers,” Opt. Mater. Express4, 2143–2149 (2014).

10) G. Tao, S. Shabahang, H. Ren, F. Khalizadeh-Rezaie, R. E. Peale, Z. Yang, X. Wang, and A. F. Abouraddy, “Robust multimaterial tellurium-based chalcogenide glass fibers for mid-wave and long-wave infrared transmission,”Opt. Lett. 39, 4009-4012(2014).

09) S. Shabahang, G. Tao, M. P. Marquez, H. Hu, T. R. Ensley, P. J. Delfyett, and A. F. Abouraddy, “Nonlinear characterization of robust multimaterial chalcogenide nanotapers for infrared supercontinuum generation,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 450-457 (2014).

08) J. J. Kaufman, R. Ottman, G. Tao, S. Shabahang, X. Liang, S. G. Johnson, Y. Fink, R. Chakrabarti, and A. F. Abouraddy, “In-fiber production of polymeric particles for biosensing and encapsulation,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 15549-15554 (2013).

07) S. Shabahang, G. Tao, J. J Kaufman, and A. F. Abouraddy, "Dispersion characterization of chalcogenide bulk glass, composite fibers, and robust nano-tapers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B30, 2498-2506 (2013).

06) G. Tao, A. M. Stolyarov, and A. F. Abouraddy, “Multimaterial fibers,” I. J. Appl. Glass Science 3, 349-368(2012).Invited Reviewpaper in the special issue, “Glass and Photonics”.

05) G.Tao,S.Shabahang, J.J.Kaufman, and A.F. Abouraddy, "Multimaterial preform coextrusion for robust chalcogenide optical fibers and tapers", Opt. Lett.37, 2751-2753 (2012).

04) J. J. Kaufman, G. Tao, S. Shabahang, D. S. Deng, X. Liang, S. G. Johnson, Y. Fink, and A. F. Abouraddy, “Structured spheres generated by an in-fibre fluid instability,” Nature 487, 463-467 (2012).  

03) S.Shabahang, M.P. Marquez, G.Tao, M.U. Piracha, D.Nguyen, P.J. Delfyett, and A.F. Abouraddy, "Octave-spanning infrared supercontinuum generation in robust chalcogenide nano-tapers using picosecond pulses," Opt. Lett. 37, 4639-4641 (2012).

02) J. J. Kaufman, G. Tao, S. Shabahang, D. S. Deng, Y. Fink, and A. F. Abouraddy, "Thermal drawing of high-density macroscopic arrays of well-ordered sub-5-nm-diameter nanowires", Nano Lett.11,4768-4773 (2011).

01) G.Tao, H.Guo, L.Feng, M.Lu, W.Wei, and B.Peng, “Formation and properties of a novel heavy-metal chalcogenide glass doped with a high dysprosium concentration,”J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 92, 2226-2229 (2009).

Awards and Honors

2013 Ministry of Education of the P. R. China Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, Extraordinary Potential Prize (one of the top Six among 518 winners across the world);

2014 Newport Research Excellence Award;

2013 Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) Student Grant;

2013 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition Finalist on OSA’s 97th Annual Meeting, FiO 2013/LS XXIX;

2013 First place prize in Graduate Student Poster Contest on PACRIM 10 & ACerS-GOMD 2013;

2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship;

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