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Dr. Daniel Ho, an Associate Professor (Reader) of Nanophotonics and Electrical Engineering, joined Northumbria University in 2019. His academic journey began with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan. Later, he pursued his PhD in Quantum Optics at the University of Bristol. Prior to joining the Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical Engineering department at Northumbria, Dr. Ho served as a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. During this time, he also played a key role as the Co-Investigator in two EPSRC Research projects: EP/M009033/1 and EP/P034446/1.
Dr. Ho's research group, the Nanophotonic Engineering Laboratory, focuses on several exciting areas including Artificially Structured Materials, Opto-Electrical Characteristics, Scattering Reflectance Measurements using Fourier imaging spectroscopy (FIS), and Nanofabrication Approaches ( FIB, DLW-2PP, ELB, CVD, and ALD, etc.). These research efforts pave the way for applications in nanophotonics, optoelectronics, energy storage, medical devices, and quantum technologies.
Dr. Ho's current research projects are generously supported by funding 3D Nanophotonics in Artificially Structured Chalcogenide Materials (EPSRC New Investigator Award - EP/V040030/1), Additive Micro/Nano-Manufacturing of Structured Piezoelectric Active Materials for Intelligent Stent Monitoring (EPSRC ECR international collaboration grant - EP/Y003551/1), and Hyperuniform Disordered Metasurfaces for Selective Absorbers (EPSRC joint project with the University of Surrey and University of Bristol - EP/Y016440/1).
Dr. Ho is also a Visiting Academic in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bristol.

Research interests

Daniel's research is concerned with both the theory and application of artificially structured electromagnetic materials for photonic engineering, quantum technologies, and energy applications.

Further Information

Accepting PhD Students to join the Nanophotonic Engineering Laboratory (NEL)

If you are an exceptional candidate with an interest in the following topics, please contact: or

  • Three-dimensional Nanophotonics in Artificially Structured Materials.
  • Artificially Nano-structured Materials for Three-dimensional Electrodes and Catalysts.
  • Scalable Two-dimensional Layered Materials for Efficient Quantum Photon Sources.
  • Topology-optimised Metasurface Architectures for Solar-Thermal Absorption.
  • Additive Micro/Nano-manufacturing of Structured Piezoelectric Active Materials for Intelligent Stent Monitoring.
  • Micro-Nanostructure-Stabilized Liquid-Crystalline Blue-Phase.

Latest News

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, PhD, University of Bristol

… → 14 Feb 2007

Award Date: 20 Jun 2007

Electrical Engineering, BSc, National Taipei University of Technology

… → 30 Jun 1999

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999

External positions

University of Bristol

31 Aug 2019 → …


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