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Dr Bo Hou

Dr Bo Hou

Condensed Matter and Photonics Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2251 0756
Room N/2.25a, Queen's Buildings - North Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Lecturer at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University. My research interests include quantum dot synthesis, quantum dot optoelectronics (PV, LED, Photodetector, Display and Image sensor), electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic charge transfer analysis.


Bo Hou received his PhD degree from the University of Bristol (2010–2014) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford (2014–2018, Wolfson College) and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge (2018-2020, St Edmund's College).

Honours and awards

"2020 Emerging Investigators", Royal Society of Chemistry (2020)

‘Built-in Quantum Dot Infrared Wireless Charging’, Second Prize, THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CSSAUK HIGH-LEVEL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE, London (2018)

‘Understanding charge transport dynamics in solution-processed quantum dot solar cells’,15th International Symposium on Novel and Nano Materials, First Prize, Portugal. (2018)

Outstanding contribution award in reviewing for Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Elsevier (2018)

Outstanding contribution award in reviewing for Applied Surface Science, Elsevier (2018)

EPSRC "SuperGen" fully funded doctoral studentship (2010)

Professional memberships

2017-Present, Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

2011-Present, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

2018-Present, Member of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS)

2020-Present, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2019-2020, Member of Downing College, University of Cambridge

2019-2020, Member of St Edmund's College, the University of Cambridge

2015-2018, Member of Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Academic positions

02. 2020 – present: Lecturer, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University

09. 2018 – 01.2020: Senior Research Associate, Department of Engineering, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge

09. 2016 – 09.2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Engineering Science, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

09. 2014 – 09.2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Engineering Science, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Speaking engagements

05. 2020 'The Artificial Building Blocks for New-Generation Optoelectronics and Photonics', (Keynote Speaker), Shanghai University League's Forum for International Young Scholars, Donghua University, Shanghai (Webinar), China

05. 2020 'Colloidal Compound Semiconductor Nanocrystals: The Artificial Building Blocks for New-Generation Optoelectronics and Photonics', (Invited Speaker), Physics Seminar, Cardiff University, Cardiff (Webinar), UK

11. 2019 ‘Hybrid Passivation for Foldable Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Thin-Film Transistors Mediated by Low Temperature and Low Damage Parylene-C/ALD-AlOx Bilayer Coating’, (Invited Speaker and Session Chair), 5th International Conference on Advanced Electromaterials (ICAE 2019), Jeju, Korea

08. 2019 ‘Chemically Encoded Self-Organized Quantum Chain Supracrystals with Exceptional Charge and Ion Transport Properties’, (Invited Speaker), RSC Electrochem 2019, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde, UK

04. 2019 ‘Novel Photonic and Optoelectronic Materials’, (Invited Speaker) Photonic and Optoelectronic Materials 2019 (POEM2019) Conference, University College London, UK

09. 2018 ‘Understanding charge transport dynamics in solution-processed quantum dot solar cells’, (Invited Speaker) RSC Electrochem 2018, Lancaster University, UK

08. 2018 ‘Understanding charge transport dynamics in solution-processed quantum dot solar cells’, 7th EuCheMS Congress (Invited Speaker), Liverpool, UK

06. 2017 ‘Semiconductor nanocrystals for energy conversion– designing around the light harvesting and light-emitting’ The “BAOJUN QIAN” International Young Scholars' Forum (IYSF) (Invited Lecture), Donghua University, Shanghai, China.

04. 2017 ‘Highly monodispersed QDs for outstanding QD optoelectronic applications’ The Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference (Invited Speaker), April 11th to 13th, 2017, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

07. 2016 ‘Highly Monodispersed PbS QD for Outstanding QD Solar Cells’ the International Symposium on Novel and Nano Materials (ISNNM) (Invited Speaker), July 3rd to July 8th, 2016, Budapest, Hungary.

11. 2015 ‘High-performance quantum dots solar cells’ THE RANK PRIZE FUNDS, Symposium on Electroluminescent and Photovoltaic Effects in Nanocrystal Quantum Dots (Invited Speaker), 16th to 19th November 2015, Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere, UK.

Committees and reviewing

2021-Present, Editorial Board Member of Catalysis (MDPI)

2018-2019, Guest Editor of the Israel Journal of Chemistry (Wiley);

2020-Present, Guest Editor of Catalysis (MDPI);

2020-Present, Reviewer of Nature Electronics (Springer Nature)

2014-Present, Reviewer of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, ACS Omega (ACS);

2014-Present, Reviewer of Nanoscale, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, New Journal of Chemistry (RSC);

2014-Present, Reviewer of Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials and Small (Wiley);

2014-Present, Reviewer of Nano Energy, Carbon, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Applied Surface Science, Ceramics International, Thin Solid Films, Journal of Energy Storage, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (Elsevier);

2014-Present, Reviewer of Nano (World Scientific);

2014-Present, Reviewer of Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Molecules, International Journal of Molecular Sciences (MDPI);














  • Year 1 tutor
  • PX3243 "Laser Physics and Non-linear Optics"
  • 3rd-year project supervision 
  • 4th-year project supervision (MPhys)

My research group covers multiple disciplines research of Quantum Materials including material synthesis (Colloidal and thin-film), microstructure analysis (TEM), charge dynamics and interface simulation, energy conversion and storage (quantum dot solar cells, supercapacitors and lithium batteries), optoelectronics applications (LED, Photodetector and Image sensor). My research group has a strong collaboration with a number of leading UK and international institutions including, in particular, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol, Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, Swansea University, Emory University, Sungkyunkwan University, Dongguk University, Donghua University, Zhejiang University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Henan university of technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Lanzhou University and Soochow University. The work of my research group has been published in leading international journals such as ACS Nano, ACS Energy Letters, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials and Nano Energy.

For the full publication list, please refer to My personal website.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the area of:

  • Quantum material growth (Colloidal and thin-film)
  • Microstructure analysis (TEM, SEM, STEM, FIB)
  • Charge dynamics and interface simulation (DFT and MD)
  • Energy conversion and storage (quantum dot solar cells, supercapacitors, lithium batteries and photoelectrochemistry)
  • Optoelectronics applications (LED, Photodetector, Image sensor, Semiconductor Laser and Optical Communication)

If you are interested in joining my research group as a postdoctoral researcher, postgraduate student or for an undergraduate internship, please contact me directly at  My group also supports funding applications for outstanding PhD or postdoctoral candidates. Please also contact me for further details for these opportunities.

PhD Funding opportunities:

Postdoctoral funding opportunities: