Dr Ho Cheuk-lam wins Asian Core Program Lectureship Award
Dr Ho’s research on nanomaterials and their application win her the Asian Core Program Lectureship Award

Dr Ho Cheuk-lam, Research Assistant Professor of our Department, received the Asian Core Program Lectureship Award at the 5th New-Phase International Conference of Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1 to 5 December. She will deliver a lecture tour for one week in Singapore next year. 

The award was presented to Dr Ho in recognition of her outstanding presentation entitled “Polyferroplatinyne Precursor for the Rapid Fabrication of L10-FePt-type Bit-Patterned Media by Nanoimprint Lithography” delivered at the conference. She said, “My research team has developed new materials as patternable precursors and by applying a simple and convenient method, ultrahigh density magnetic arrays can be fabricated in order to meet the data storage demands of modern society.” She was also delighted with the opportunity to interact with chemists from Asian countries to exchange ideas and explore collaboration opportunities during the conference.

As the magnitude of information created and stored grows exponentially, a new type of material with ultrahigh density for data recording is urgently needed. Bit-patterned media (BPM) made with iron/platinum nanoparticles is a promising candidate for the next generation of magnetic recording systems. Owing to the key advantage of the film-forming properties of metallopolymers, patterned metal nanoparticles over large areas can be achieved by nanoimprint lithography (NIL) with high resolution and at very low cost. This newly developed polymeric material combines the merits of both iron/platinum nanoparticles and NIL, offering a single-step fabrication method of BPM at a relatively low cost for data storage devices. 

Dr Ho’s research focuses on the synthesis of functional polymers and the fabrication of nanoparticles in highly ordered and densely patterned nanomaterials for potential data storage applications. She also develops materials for organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells. 

The Asian Core Program aims at enhancing innovative research areas in Asia by organising conferences. The awards are presented to young scientists who show promise in their field.

from HKBU eNews