Derek Ho is currently an associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at City University of Hong Kong. He was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada at the age of 12, returning after obtaining his PhD. He received his B.A.Sc. (first class) and M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, in 2005 and 2007 respectively. At UBC, Derek focused his study on microelectronics. Derek received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada in 2013, where he worked on sensors incorporating nanomaterials and CMOS electronics for chemical detection and DNA biosensing applications.
Derek’s research interest is in the synthesis of electronic nanomaterials and fabrication of devices, with the objective to push for new levels of capabilities and performance. His research program consists of two thrusts: (i) sensors (chemical, gas, and pressure) and energy materials (micro-supercapacitors, micro-batteries, and electro-catalysts), mainly in the form of stretchable/healable electronics. Outside of the lab, Derek enjoys being in nature, playing music, photography, tennis (in Hong Kong), and snowboarding (in Canada). Update: Derek has little life outside the university and has no hobbies :)