Wiley publisher interview-Research for a sustainable world 


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 NUS News-”Engineered for success”

NUS News profiling some of the University’s prominent females making waves in STEM.

Assoc Prof Ho leads The Ho Research Group at NUS, which aims to create novel solar conversion devices for energy and environmental sustainability




Best ECE PhD project 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Gao Minmin for winning the Best PhD project in the area of Microelectronics Devices and Technologies. She was awarded the Institute of Microelectronics Prize during the University commencement ceremony.


Great Women of Our Time Award, Science & Technology 2016


Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei of the Engineering Science Programme, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, was the winner of Science & Technology, Great Women of Our Time Award 2016. The award was presented by Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law on the 29th September 2016.


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Magazine Press Release/News: Solar-Powered Desalination Produces Energy

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Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award 2016

Dr. Zhu Liangliang and Mr. Tan Chuan Fu research team of Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei, Electrical and Computer Engineering, NUS have clinched the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Merit Award in the Open category.  The award was given out by Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport on the 28th May 2016 at Science Centre Singapore.

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Prof. Akihiko Kudo, Tokyo University of Science and Prof. Susumu Saito, Nagoya University visit 


ASEAN-US Science Prize 2016

Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei of Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, was the Singapore awardee of ASEAN-US Science Prize for women in recognition of contributions to the field of “Materials Science Research to Enable Sustainable Energy” (22 June 2016).




IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2015

Mr. Tan Chuan Fu and Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei  won the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2015 for their research on Self-powered hybrid cell with enhanced photocatalytic functionalities for hydrogen production and waste water treatment. This work demonstrates an innovative and contemporary multiple-renewable solar and vibrational energy powered catalysis system. It involves multifunctional nanomaterial innovation with water purification and hydrogen generation capabilities.


Invited lecture at The University of Tokyo, 2015

Prof. Kazunari Domen’s research group at Department of Chemical System Engineering, School of Engineering

Honoree Winner at JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Award 2015


Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei, NUS Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, received the honoree award (Scientific and/or Technological Development) at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2015 award ceremony (29 May).

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A/Prof Ho Ghim Wei featured on The Edge Singapore

L’Oreal Women in Science National Fellowship 2014

The excellent work of NUS researchers has been recognised by the 2014 L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowships. Two Fellows were presented with the awards, which come with a grant of $30,000 each, on 3 December.

Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering was accorded the Physical & Engineering Science fellowship for her research in “Functional Nanomaterials for Photocatalysis Solar Hydrogen Production”.

Assoc Prof Ho’s work focuses on the development of nanostructured materials for photocatalytic applications. The synergistic combinations of low-cost aqueous synthesis, band gap engineering and materials functionalisation have been employed to rationally design advanced photocatalyst for energy generation and pollutant degradation applications.

She said: “Through my innovation and impact, in both education and research in nanomaterial science and engineering, I hope to contribute to advances in health and environmental benefits and bring about greater recognition of the under-represented women in this field.”

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Transparent Conducting Oxides work was featured by TODAY and the Faculty of Engineering, NUS


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A/Prof Ho awarded ESP Teaching Commendation Award

A/P Ho was awarded the ESP Teaching Commendation Award in recognition for displaying outstanding teaching ability and passion in value-adding to the learning of Engineering Science students.


Congratulations to Kevin Moe for winning the First Prize at the 2nd Graduate Student Symposium

Congratulations to Kevin Moe for winning the First Prize at the 2nd Graduate Student Symposium under the Microelectronic Technologies & Devices Track. His paper was titled “An Aqueous Route Towards 3-Dimensional Transparent Conducting Films on Glass for Photovoltaic Applications”. 14 winners were chosen from 180 presenters.


A/Prof Ho’s work on Energy was featured at NUS

A/P Ho Ghim Wei and her team focus their research in developing cost-effective three-dimensional transparent conductors using cheap aqueous method that can potentially replace conventional indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes for displays, lighting, batteries to solar cells applications. The significant achievement can allow various electronics manufacturers to use the new design electrodes to make the same device at a lower cost and higher efficiency. This will greatly enhance the attractiveness of such unique electrodes in various electronics consumer market.


Kevin Moe’s work on Transparent Conducting Oxides was featured by Renewable Energy Global Innovations.

“Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS), one of the world’s leading university, have demonstrated that it is possible to replace ITO in dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with 3-dimensional transparent conductors (TC) fabricated using a cheap aqueous method. Dr Ho Ghim Wei and her team successfully fabricated Ga : ZnO films directly on glass substrates via a low-temperature aqueous route for application in dye-sensitized solar cells. Preliminary electrical and optical characterization of the films showed that 85% transparency across the optical range with sheet resistances as low as 15 Ωsq−1 were achievable, making them comparable to commercial transparent conducting oxides. Novel non-planar transparent conducting electrodes consisting of pillars, cross-hatched trenches and pit structures were fabricated to produce films with increased surface roughness and superior light scattering capabilities which are essential for photovoltaic applications. The work concludes with proof of concepts demonstrating the feasibility of large-scale fabrication and the compatibility of the electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. This significant achievement can allow various electronics manufacturers to use the newly-designed electrodes to make the same device at a lower cost and higher efficiency (50-70%). This will greatly enhance the attractiveness of such unique electrodes in various electronics consumer market.

“ITO is expensive so we decided to develop solution processable electrodes consisting of architectured 3D structures with tunable optical and electrical properties” said Dr Ho Ghim Wei, the Principal investigator and Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NUS. “The TCs are designed to effectively scatter light and transport photogenerated electrons through homojunction electrodes which enhance electrical performance” said Kevin Moe, a graduate student working on this project.

Current electronic devices uses ITO as the electrode fabricated using vacuum process, which is not cost-effective. By employing an aqueous route, it is possible to make large area TC for DSCC and other devices.

Their research paper entitled “Non-Planar Geometries of Solution Processable Transparent Conducting Oxide: From Film Characterization to Architectured Electrodes ”was published in the Energy and Environmental Science journal (DOI: 10.1039/C2EE21296J) earlier this year. The scientists have since shown efficiencies that have exceeded the published results. The NUS scientists are also exploiting the developed materials for new applications that will benefit from the low cost and scalable process.”

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Inventors holding a glass panel coated with Ga: ZnO films and scanning electron images of 3D transparent conducting electrodes

“New Solution Processable 3D Transparent Conductive Film – Heads Up For Electronics Devices” was featured in Nanotechnology Now, The Nanotechnology, Printed Electronics World and Nanowerk.


Faculty Highlight – Designing flexible zinc oxide films for more innovative electronic devices 

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NUS Team Makes Cheap Power from Rainwater

Scientists at NUS have found a cheap way to convert rainwater into electricity and they are expanding their research to include sea water and wastewater. Published on The Straits Times, 2 July 2011, Home, pB14.

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VIP Visit

Professor Sir Mark E. Welland, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Minisitry of Defense, UK, visited the Nano Energy Lab on 3 June 2011.

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A/Prof Ho’s work on Nanoflowers was featured by various media

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