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Dr Daniel Ho

Assistant Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

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.

Daniel Ho

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

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  • Strongly Confining Light with Air-Mode Cavities in Inverse Rod-Connected Diamond Photonic Crystals, Taverne, M., Ho, Y., Rarity, J. 22 Feb 2022, In: Crystals
  • Observation of Complete Photonic Bandgap in Low Refractive Index Contrast Inverse Rod-Connected Diamond Structured Chalcogenides, Chen, L., Morgan, K., Alzaidy, G., Huang, C., Ho, Y., Taverne, M., Zheng, X., Ren, Z., Feng, Z., Zeimpekis, I., Hewak, D., Rarity, J. 15 May 2019, In: ACS Photonics
  • Indirect optical trapping using light driven micro-rotors for reconfigurable hydrodynamic manipulation, Būtaitė, U., Gibson, G., Ho, Y., Taverne, M., Taylor, J., Phillips , D. 14 Mar 2019, In: Nature Communications
  • Shape-induced force fields in optical trapping, Phillips , D., Padgett, M., Hanna, S., Ho, ., Carberry, D., Miles, M., Simpson, S. May 2014, In: Nature Photonics
  • Orbital angular momentum vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, Li, H., Phillips , D., Wang, X., Ho, Y., Chen, L., Zhou, ., Zhu, J., Yu, S., Cai, X. 20 Jun 2015, In: Optica

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  • Topology-optimised metasurface architectures for solar-thermal absorption, Ho, D. (Principal Investigator), The Royal Society, 21/03/22 - 20/03/23, 0.00
  • 3D Nanophotonics in Artificially Structured Chalcogenide Materials, Ho, D. (Principal Investigator), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 01/06/21 - 31/05/24, £474,704.00
  • Lingusitics Course, Busawon, K. (Principal Investigator), Ho, D. (Co Investigator), Regional Center and Nancy Territorial Center | Epinal, 01/03/20 - 30/04/20, 0.00

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  • Other: Additive Nano-Manufacturing of Multi-Functional Materials for Smart Stents Sensing - PI: Dr. Yu-Sheng Lin (Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology); Co-PIs: Dr. Daniel Ho (Northumbria University), Dr. Kevin Chung-Che Huang (University of Southampton), Dr. Shuangyi Yan (University of Bristol), and Dr. Chen-Hsun Weng (National Cheng Kung University), funded by the Academia Sinica of Taiwan & U.S. National Academy of Medicine (2022 Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge Competition), value (US$): 100,000, 01/09/2022 – 31/08/2024. 2022

Nadira Meethale Palakkool Strategic Approach towards Hydrogen Economy via 3D Structured Electrode Designs Start Date: 01/03/2022

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  • 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.

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering PhD June 20 2007
  • Electrical Engineering BSc June 30 1999
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

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