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"Extreme performance through mixed ionic-electronic architectures"

Atoms-to-Systems Lab

The mission of the Atoms-to-Systems Lab is to advance the frontier of mixed ionic-electronic conductors and semiconductors, especially for the interfaces between artificial and biological systems. We work at the intersection of materials, electronics, mechanical, and biomedical engineering. Addressing the grand challenges of healthcare and sustainability, we develop next-gen sensors and energy storage devices, two areas that are fundamentally linked by our expertise in synthesizing novel materials and fabricating electronic devices. The principle investigator of the lab is Derek Ho. Specific research areas include:

Most of our projects involve materials synthesis via soft chemistry; mechanistic investigations based on poroelasticity, electrochemistry, surface and interface science; and the fabrication of thin-film electronic devices. The Lab currently studies new ways to engineering novel ionic materials, especially ionic hydrogels, polymer composites, and MXenes. Projects that we are currently executing or are interested to pursue include ionic hydrogels as mixed ionic-electron transport soft materials, artificial mechanoreceptors, chemoreceptors, and convergent architectures for battery-capacitor devices.

Openings (view details): 

- Postdoc fellows: Available year round (two positions open in 2022 and early 2023)

- PhD student applicants: Dec 1 deadline yearly, but recommend full online application by mid Nov.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong


Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-Cardiovascular Health Engineering

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