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Dr Daniel Ho

VC Senior Fellow

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Dr. Ying-Lung Daniel Ho received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan and the Ph.D. degree in Quantum Photonics from the University of Bristol. His doctoral dissertation investigated the method of designing efficient single-photon sources for quantum information applications. He was employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher and then a Research Fellow in Prof. John Rarity‘s group. His work as a Research Fellow (Researcher Co-Investigator and Co-Investigator) under the EPSRC Research Grants (EP/M009033/1 and EP/P034446/1) has led research in direct laser writing using two-photon polymerisation in the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs, and he is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Bristol.

In September 2019, he started a position as a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Physics and Electrical Engineering, after a career in Quantum Photonics research at the University of Bristol. Currently, he is the head of the Nanophotonic Engineering Laboratory (NEL) and leads an EPSRC Research Grant (EP/V040030/1) of £475k (100% FEC) to develop and conduct Nanophotonics research, which focuses on a comprehensive investigation into the fundamentals and applications of 3D nanophotonics in artificially structured materials. The project is in collaboration with research partners (QET Labs, University of Bristol and ORC, University of Southampton) and industrial partner (Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology) to develop novel sensors, biomimetic structures, nano-lasers, and ultrafast optical switches and devices for quantum technology.

Additionally, his recently awarded Royal Society Research Grant, providing funding to purchase an advanced microscope heating stage. The unique combination of a commercial heating stage for pressure, vacuum, and temperature control and an in-house built Fourier image spectroscopy (FIS) for a broadband and wide angle-resolved scattering characterization in the visible and infrared range as a thermal analysis technique in thermophotovoltaic research.

Daniel Ho

Research Themes and Scholarly 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.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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

Current and Recent Projects

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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

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.

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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 2022

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