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Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Department of Materials Science and Engineering (cross-appointment)

Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

Co-Principle Investigator

Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-Cardiovascular Health Engineering

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, 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 on microelectronics and became fascinated by small devices. Derek received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada in 2013, where he worked on sensors combining nanomaterials and microelectronics for chemical detection and DNA biosensing applications.

Derek serves as co-principle investigator at the Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-Cardiovascular Health Engineering, where he contributes stretchable pressure sensing and mechanoreceptive materials for wearable medical devices. Derek is also cross-appointed by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, for research collaboration in human-centric flexible materials.

Derek’s research interest is in mixed ionic-electronic conductors and semiconductors. Through materials synthesis and device fabrication, the ultimate goal is to push for new capabilities and unprecedented performance. His research program focuses on stretchable electronics, consisting two application areas: (i) sensors (mechanical, chemical, and biological) and (ii) electrochemical energy storage devices (micro-supercapacitors, micro-batteries, and their novel hybrid architectures). Outside of the lab, Derek enjoys nature, photography, playing the piano, and tennis (in Hong Kong), and snowboarding (in Canada). Update: Derek has little life outside the university and has no hobbies :)