Feng Xian received the Doctor of Engineering degree in material science from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, ChineseAcademy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, in 1999. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, and then in Dept. of Ceramic & Materials Engineering, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. Since 2001, he joined the soft-glass group of the Optoelectronics Research Centre. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the ORC. His current main research interests include (1) the fabrication and the applications of microstructured optical fibers based on nonsilica optical glasses and (2) developing optical fibers with micro-/nano-composites for multiple functionalities.