Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Nanophotoniccs and Quantum Optics: Single-photons on demand, 3D Nanophotonics in artificially structured materials, Micro-Nanostructure-Stabilized Liquid-Crystalline Blue-Phase, Optical Microcavites and Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics. 2. Nano and Micro-Structured Materials for Energy Applications: Solar-thermal absorbers, 3D Architectured Hybrid Materials for Electrodes and Catalysts. 3. Nano and Micro-Structured Materials for Medical Applications: Multi-Functional Materials for Smart Stents Sensing.

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Personal profile


Ying-Lung Daniel Ho is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in the Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University since September 1, 2019. His research interests centre on nanofabrication, modelling, and characterisation of novel 3D periodic material-based micro-/nanostructures to enable applications in nanophotonics, optoelectronics, energy storage, medical applications, and quantum technologies. Daniel’s research group (Nanophotonic Engineering Laboratory) focuses on the realization of high-resolution artificially structured materials for efficient control of light-matter interactions, developing opto-electrical characteristics, direct wide angle-resolved scattering reflectance measurements using Fourier imaging spectroscopy (FIS), and on the fabrication of devices and materials based on a diverse range of nanofabrication approaches (FIB, DLW-2PP, ELB, CVD, and ALD, etc.)

Daniel’s current funding (~£0.5M) supports including 3D Nanophotonics in Artificially Structured Chalcogenide Materials (EPSRC New Investigator Award - EP/V040030/1) and Exploring Topology-Optimised Metasurface Architectures for Solar-thermal Absorption (Royal Society Research Grants - RGS\R1\221031).

Prior to this appointment, Daniel received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan and gained his PhD in Quantum Photonics in 2007 undertaking his doctoral research at the University of Bristol, UK. Daniel then joined the group of Prof. John Rarity in the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs as a Postdoctoral Researcher and then a Research Fellow where he worked on the EPSRC Research projects (EP/M009033/1 and EP/P034446/1) and led research in 3D direct laser writing system using two-photon polymerisation, and he is also a Visiting Academic at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at 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.
  • 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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