• 13580 Citations
  • 58 h-Index
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Chinese Name: 何詠基

Variants: Ho, W., Ho, W. K.

Academic qualifications:

2007-2009                 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

2005-2007                 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, PolyU, Hong Kong

2001-2005                 Ph.D in Chemistry, (Supervisor: Prof. Jimmy C Yu), CUHK, Hong Kong

1998-2001                 BSc. in Chemistry, CUHK, Hong Kong

Working experience:

2015-present            Associate Professor, Dept. of Science and Environmental Studies, EdUHK, Hong Kong

2014-present            Visiting Professor, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

2013-present            Visiting Professor, College of Environmental and Biological Engineering, Chongqing Technology and Business University, China

2012-2015                 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Science and Environmental Studies, EdUHK, Hong Kong

2011-2012                 Technical Manager, Nano & Advanced Materials Institute, HKUST, Hong Kong

2009-2011                 Assistant Technical Manager, Nano & Advanced Materials Institute, HKUST, Hong Kong


  • President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research (Early Career Research Excellence Award) 2014/15, HKIEd, Hong Kong
  • RGC Early Career Award (2013/14) (傑出青年學者獎), University Grants Committee, Hong Kong
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007/08), The Ministry of Research & Innovation, Canada
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005/06), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Research interests

Research Interests: 

  • Artificial Photosynthesis for Energy Conversion and Environmental Remediation
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitoring and Management
  • Heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis
  • Nano-technology for Environmental Applications
  • Science and Environmental Education


  • Awardee of the Research Grants Council Early Career Award 2013/14 from University Grants Committee of HKSAR in 2013/2014.
    • Only 29 of 359 early-career scholars funded by the RGC in 2013/14 received this prestigious award with “excellent” ratings (full score of 5.0).
    • Of 169 projects funded by the Graduate Research Fund/ECS in the Physical Sciences category in 2013/14, Dr Ho’s project on environmental purification received the second largest grant (HK$1.17 million
    •  HKIEd Press releases: http://www.eduhk.hk/main/media/press-release/457



  • Secured over $8 million in  research funding in the capacity of Principal Investigator from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region  in the past 4 years



  • Published over 98 peer-reviewed leading international journals since 2001,(from Thomson Reuters & up to Mar 2017)
    • Totally cited 8853 times (7714 times without self-citations)
    • Average citations 454 times per year by others   
    • Average citations 78 times per item by others   


  • Ranking of published journals in their respective disciplines
    • One-fourth of published journals ranked within the top 5%
    • One-half ranked within top 10%
    • Two-third ranked within top 25%
    • Almost 90% of publications ranked within top 30%.


  • Several publications are in the Top 1% of the number of citations in its field, most cited author in that journal and the top 50 articles contributing to the Impact Factor of that journal.


  • Granted more than 10 patents in the US, Europe, China and Hong Kong.

Professional information

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Photocatalysts Chemical Compounds
Microspheres Chemical Compounds
Nanosheets Chemical Compounds
Graphite Chemical Compounds
Irradiation Chemical Compounds
Carbon nitride Engineering & Materials Science
Photocatalysis Chemical Compounds
Oxidation Chemical Compounds

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Research Outputs 2001 2019

  • 13580 Citations
  • 58 h-Index
  • 141 Article
  • 9 Paper
  • 4 Patents, Agreements, Assignments and Copmanies
  • 1 Book
1 Citations

Protonated g-C₃N₄/Ti³⁺ self-doped TiO₂ nanocomposite films: Room-temperature preparation, hydrophilicity, and application for photocatalytic NOₓ removal

HUANG, Y., WANG, P., WANG, Z., RAO, Y., CAO, J., PU, S., HO, W. K. & LEE, S. C., Jan 2019, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 240, p. 122-131

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nanocomposite films
16 Citations

Biocompatible FeOOH-carbon quantum dots nanocomposites for gaseous NOₓ removal under visible light: Improved charge separation and high selectivity

HUANG, Y., GAO, Y., ZHANG, Q., ZHANG, Y., CAO, J-J., HO, W. K. & LEE, S. C., 2018, In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 354, p. 54-62

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quantum Dots
Catalyst selectivity
Semiconductor quantum dots
19 Citations

Carbon vacancy-induced enhancement of the visible light-driven photocatalytic oxidation of NO over g-C₃N₄ nanosheets

LI, Y., HO, W. K., LV, K., ZHU, B. & LEE, S. C. F., 2018, In : Applied Surface Science. 430, p. 380-389

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Conduction bands
6 Citations

Direct Z-scheme porous g-C₃N₄/BiOI heterojunction for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

ZHANG, J., FU, J., WANG, Z., CHENG, B., DAI, K. & HO, W. K., 25 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 766, p. 841-850

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Charge transfer
Conduction bands
Charge carriers

Enhanced photocatalytic activity and selectivity for CO₂ reduction over a TiO₂ nanofibre mat using Ag and MgO as bi‐cocatalyst

XU, F., MENG, K., CHENG, B., YU, J. & HO, W. K., Sep 2018, In : ChemCatChem.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Radioactive tracers