John HoProf. John Ho


Associate Professor, National University of Singapore





Prof. John S. Ho is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University where he was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. He is a recipient of the NRF Fellowship, NUS Young Researcher Award, and Singapore Young Scientist Award, and has appeared on the MIT TR35 Innovator Under 35 Asia and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia lists. His research focuses on developing medical devices that can wirelessly monitor and intervene wherever and whenever medical conditions occur in the body. He is currently on leave from academia to conduct research at Meta Reality Labs in California.


Presentation Title:

  • Longevity and End-of-Use Aspects of E-Textile Applications

Presentation Summary:

  • The textile and electronics industries are both well-known as one of the most polluting industries in the world. E- textiles combine both industries aiming for high value-added products for instance to improve user’s wellbeing and safety. Even though e-textiles have been a hot topic over two decades which can even save user’s lives, less research and concern are stressed to the longevity and end-of-use aspects of those products.  The presentation comprehensively discusses the state of art of longevity and reviews the end-of-use aspects in current e-textile research. It also discusses the different integration levels of electronics with textiles and how that relates to resource wise usage of materials and recyclability of the end-product. It highlights the challenges in developing more sustainable and longer lasting e-textile applications but also provides considerations for the researchers, how to tackle these challenges better in the future. The presentation uses the case example of sun powered textile application in concretizing the context of longevity and end-of-use or e-textiles.