Duc Tam Ho

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



3254-WS12, Building 3

Research Interests

I locate my research at the interface of mechanical engineering and materials science. I specialize in theory and computational modeling of material and structural elastic instabilities, surface stress, materials with abnormal properties, and their inter-relations. My current interests are graphene origami and graphene foam. In addition, I am also interested in extending my knowledge in other fields such as water desalination and electrochemistry.

Selected Publications

D. T. Ho, U. Schwingenschlögl, Designing graphene origami structures with a giant isotropic negative coefficient of thermal expansion, Extreme Mechanics Letters 47, 101357 (2021)

D. T. Ho, S. Y. Kim, and  U. Schwingenschlögl, Graphene origami structures with superflexibility and highly tunable auxeticity, Physical Review B 102, 174106 (2020)

D. T. Ho, H. S. Park, S. Y. Kim, and  U. Schwingenschlögl, Graphene origami with highly tunable coefficient of thermal expansion, ACS Nano  14, 8969–8974 (2020)

D. T. Ho, V. H. Ho, V. Babar, S. Y. Kim, and  U. Schwingenschlögl, Complex three-dimensional graphene structures driven by surface functionalization, Nanoscale 12, 10172-10179 (2020)

D. T. Ho, H. S. Park, and S. Y. Kim, Intrinsic rippling enhances static non-reciprocity in graphene metamaterials, Nanoscale 10, 1207-1214 (2018)

D. T. Ho, S.-Y. Kwon, H. S. Park, and S. Y. Kim, Metal nanoplate: Smaller is weaker due to failure by elastic instability, Physical Review B 96, 184103 (2017)

D. T. Ho, H. S. Park, S.-Y. Kwon, and S. Y. Kim, Negative thermal expansion of ultra-thin metal nanowires: A Computational Study, Nano Letters 17, 5113-5118 (2017)

D. T. Ho, Y. T. Im, S.-Y. Kwon, Y. Y. Earmme, and S. Y. Kim. Mechanical failure mode of metal (001) nanowires: Global deformation versus local deformation, Scientific Reports 5, 11050 (2015)

D. T. Ho, S.-D. Park, H. S. Lee, S.-Y. Kwon, and S. Y. Kim. Strong correlation between surface stress and mechanical strain in Cu, Ag, and Au, Europhysics Letters 106, 36001 (2014)

D. T. Ho, S.-D. Park, S.-Y. Kwon, K.-B. Park and S. Y. Kim, Negative Poisson’s ratio in metal nanoplates, Nature Communication 5, 3255 (2014)


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UNIST, Ulsan, South Korea, 2015

Professional Profile

  • 2018-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, UNIST, Ulsan, South Korea


  • The UNIST Best Research Award, UNIST, 2016, given to the distinguished doctoral graduate
  • Research Excellence Award, School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, UNIST, 2015
  • Excellent Presentation Award, CAE and Applied Mechanics Division, the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME), 2014

KAUST Affiliations

Research Interests Keywords

2D Materials Materials Modeling Nano-Mechanics Molecular Dynamics Nanomaterials Mechanical Meta-Materials