Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Kheng-Lim Goh

Director of Research, Associate Professor & Reader

Background


OVERVIEW

I am the Director of Research, Associate Professor & Reader (Mechanics of Composite Materials) at the Newcastle University in Singapore. I am also a Fellow (FIMechE) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and Fellow (FInstP) and Chartered Physicist (CPhys) of Institute of Physics (IoP). I have been appointed Global Engagement Fellow for 2020/21.

I specialize in Mechanics of Composite Materials, studying their mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical properties. I also takes a broad interest in the field of Materials Technology, focusing on the manufacturing process of materials and their applications in engineering, such as supporting structures, repairing, generating energy, purifying water, and capturing CO2 to mitigate Greenhouse gas emission. Additionally, I explore the broader impact of using materials in product manufacturing and their potential environmental pollution.

In mid-Oct 2023, I founded the Materials Technology Consortium (MTC) to advance sustainable composite materials research with international partners, including universities and industries from ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and The Philippines) and other Asian nations such as Bangladesh, China, India, and Sri Lanka. Highlights of my work conducted with my collaborators are found in Asia Research News which I welcome the reader to view, notably sustainable composite structures, energy, water, capturing CO2 and food.

I am very pleased to announce that my British Council funded work on Sustainable Composites Materials for Prosthesis has been recognised by JEC Composites Magazine, the world leading industry’s reference magazine, as an important innovation in Composites for Sustainability in 2023. My developed composite prosthesis has been selected and show-cased at the JEC 'Trend Book' 2023 Highlights, in an online video clip at JECcomposites.com

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

As Director of Research, I oversee to research activity linked to Singapore. In particular, I support the CEO & Dean (NUiS) in leading the strategy and development of research activity in Singapore and South East Asia, take a strategic overview of the development of research for NUiS, supporting the development of new research activity in partnership with the Directors of Innovation and Internationalisation.

CAREER

Prior to joining Newcastle University, I have worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate for a multidisciplinary project under the EU Framework V programme at Stirling and Cardiff University (2002-2005). I then accepted the post of Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (2005-2009), followed by Senior lecturer at School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia (2009-2011). In mid-2011, I joined Newcastle University Singapore as the founding Director of Operations (2011-2016) for the Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering degree programme.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

I hold a PhD from Aberdeen University-thanks to Aberdeen University Postgraduate Scholarship programme for supporting my study-MSc in Medical Physics from Aberdeen University, and MSc and BSc (Honours) in Physics from National University of Singapore (NUS).

  • PhD, University of Aberdeen
  • MSc (Physics), National University of Singapore
  • MSc (Medical Physics), University of Aberdeen
  • BSc (Physics), National University of Singapore

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Chartered Physicist (CPhys)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Physics (FInstP)
  • Full Member, EPSRC Peer Review College

ENGAGEMENTS

  • Chair, Research & Innovation Committee, Newcastle University in Singapore , 2019-present
  • Co-chair, Sub-working group (Research),UK-Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UKSAEI), 2022-present; chair (2021)
  • Affiliate member, steering committee, UK-Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UKSAEI), 2021-present
  • Senior Tutor (acting), Newcastle University in Singapore 2020-2021
  • Chair, Working group, NewRIIS Lab facilities, Newcastle University in Singapore, 2019-2020
  • Chair, Working group, Research equipment budget, Newcastle University in Singapore, 2019-present
  • Member, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDI), Newcastle University in Singapore, 2019-present
  • Member, Faculty Research & Innovation Committee (FRIC), Newcastle University 2019-present
  • Chair, Working group for Employee Survey 2017, Newcastle University in Singapore (2017)
  • Chair, Industry Advisory Board, MDME, Newcastle University in Singapore (2011-2016)
  • Member/coordinator, School of Mechanical & Systems Engineering Research Committee, Newcastle University (2011-2016)
  • Member, Engineering Faculty Board, Monash University Sunway Campus (2010-2011)
  • Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering, School Research Committee, Monash University Sunway Campus (2009-2011)
  • Coordinator, Campus Academic Staff Development Committee (ASDC), Monash University Sunway Campus (2010-2011)
  • Member, Working/Task group, Monash Research Excellence Award Committee (for ASDC), Monash University Sunway Campus (2010-2011)
  • Convenor, Campus Academic Promotion Committee, Monash University Sunway Campus (2009-2011)
  • Convenor, Post-graduate Career Development (Teaching Assistantship), School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, NTU (2007-2008)
  • Convenor, Technical Executive Team, Bioengineering Division, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (2006-2007)
  • Chair, Technical Executive recruitment committee, Nanyang Technological University (2006-2007)
  • Chair, BioE Committee for Lab Health & Safety, Nanyang Technological University (2006-2007)
  • Member, Promotion Panel for Technical Executives, Nanyang Technological University (2006-2007)
  • Editor, School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Magazine, Nanyang Technological University (2006-2008)
  • Hall fellow, Nanyang Technological University Hall 8, Block 42 (2006-2008)
  • Member, CPhys Panel, Professional Standards Office-Institute of Physics UK (2004-2007)

AWARDS

  • 2022: The Education Awards-Research Supervisor of the Year (Shortlisted 4/459 nominations)  
  • 2020- 2021: Global Engagement Fellow, Newcastle University
  • 2011: Monash PVC Award - Research
  • 2010: Monash PVC Award - Research
  • 2008: Nanyang Award 2007 for "Excellence in Teaching"
  • 2004-2005: CRUCIBLE Award and National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts UK (NESTA) Crucible Alumni
  • 2001 -2002: Scottish Network International Fellow
  • 2000: Andrew Carnegie travel grant, Institute of Materials UK
  • 2000: The Principal's small grants funds, Aberdeen University UK
  • 1997-2001: Aberdeen University Post-graduate Scholarship

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • Director of Operations (MDME programme), from 2011-2016
  • Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Malaysia Campus
  • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cardiff University, UK
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Stirling University, UK
  • Research Assistant, Aberdeen University, UK
  • Professional Officer, National University of Singapore

ESTEEM INDICATORS

  • Visiting fellowships, Zheng Zhou University (2023) & Northwestern Polytechnical University (2019)
  • Global Engagement Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • NESTA Crucible Fellowship, 2004-5


Research

RESEARCH PROFILE

  • My research concerns Materials Technology, focusing on the mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical characteristics of materials, their effective exploitation, and applications in engineering such as structural support/repair, energy generation, and water purification. I am also interested in the wider area surrounding how the materials that we used in making products could pollute our environment.
  • I lead the Advanced Composites-Materials Technology Research Group at the Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS). I conduct research to characterise the materials properties (metals, plastics, ceramics, biological) to enable the material to be safely deployed in engineering systems. I also conduct research on optimising the performance of the materials over its operating life.
  • On-going research projects: (1) composite laminates for aerospace engineering (Materials Repair Technology Lab); (2) nanocomposite membrane for water filtration (see Youtube video); (3) nanocomposite biomaterials for biomedical engineering; (4) recycling polymer composites for energy generation devices and packaging; (5) cost-effective methods for manufacturing composites and structural health monitoring; (6) marine plastics and pollution
  • My work has been published in international journal papers (> 120 papers to-date), > 100 conference proceedings and book chapters. 
  • My projects have been supported by grants - where I hold Principal Investigator responsibility. For instance, the British Council Research Environment Links (REL) - where I brokered/initiated and led this project in collaboration with UniMAP, with support from Professor Tom Joyce who acted as the UK PI to meet the UK grant eligibility criteria, QR SPF (Singapore work package PI), EPSRC 'Partnering for GCRF' (Singapore work package PI), WDA Singapore (sponsorship by Singapore government to enable an employee, Ms Rachel WANG, from Sensorcraft Technology to study for the MPhil with NU), as well as Singapore Ministry of Education grants, notably the MOE TIF grants, awarded to my collaborators, and Malaysian FRGS funds, awarded to my Malaysian colalborators, where I am external PI of the respective project work packages.
  • With regard to the British Council Research Environment Links (REL), I am very pleased to announce that my British Council funded work on Sustainable Composites Materials for Prosthesis has been recognised by JEC Composites Magazine, the world leading industry’s reference magazine, as an important innovation in Composites for Sustainability in 2023. My developed composite prosthesis has been selected and show-cased at the JEC 'Trend Book' 2023 Highlights, captured in an online video clip at JECcomposites.com
  • In the area of Climate Change related research, in 2023, I collaborated with SIT colleagues and Xylem (www.xylem.com) to secure a SGD$2.5 million research grant for Climate Change-related research on Singapore Coastal Protection. As the lead investigator for Newcastle University, I contribute expertise in materials technology for coastal protection and its impact on storm surges. The grant, awarded by PUB (Singapore Public Utilities Board), resulted from a consultation process initiated in 2020, during which Newcastle University (including Richard Dawson, myself, and other Singapore colleagues) provided valuable inputs.
  • In addition to research grants, I have also been successful in obtaining a business development grant, notably the UK Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) Tactical Funds to drive an international symposium on Electromobility to address shared challenges in the UK and Singapore. This came about due to my initiative, i.e. I led an initial electromobility workshop, initiated the electromobility workstream, developed the 'Singapore Electromobility' white paper and, subsequently, a second white paper on 'Delivering Electromobility in Singapore and UK: A Shared Challenge' with Colin Herron and Phil Blythe, and finally, through the narrative in my white papers, a proposed symposium emerged which was incorporated into the DSIT grant proposal. I led the Electromobility work stream to secure the grant with a team including Duncan Rayner, Colin Herron, Phil Blythe, Niels de Boar, and Stuart Edwards, with minimal contributions from Stuart and Niels in drafting the proposal.

MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM

  • In mid-Oct 2023, I founded the Materials Technology Consortium (MTC) to drive research and innovation in sustainable composite materials with various international university and industry partners from, notably ASEAN countries - Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines - and other Asian countries outside ASEAN, notably Bangladesh, China, India and Sri Lanka. NB: the industry partners are notably Nano-Tech SPA, Imetrum Ltd, TEAnity, Sensorcraft Technology (S) Pte Ltd.
  • The purpose of the MTC is to provide a new platform to advance our understanding of how sustainable composites respond to impact during service, with a focus on enhancing their long-term performance. This will serve as a foundation for devising 'nip-in-the-bud' repair strategies to extend their lifespan and enhance industry sustainability. 
  • To deliver on the goal, I have developed a five-year plan with two objectives: (1) improving our understanding of how fibre extraction processes and moisture absorption influence the composite's resistance to impact; (2) developing effective repair technology to enhance the performance of sustainable composites post-repair.
  • The first objective shall be achieved by empirical research to provide new knowledge on how the two factors affect the composite's durability. The second objective will involve pushing the boundaries of composite mechanics to integrate a new repair model. This model will guide the development of innovative technologies for repairing damaged sustainable composites, complemented by experimental studies using a resin-injection system that I have successfully developed for repairing conventional carbon fibre-reinforced composites.
  • The MTC will benefit from resources at my Materials Repair Technology Laboratory, laboratories of NU collaborators at the Design, Manufacture and Materials research group, and composite laboratories of existing partners in other universities and companies in the Maintenance and Repair Operation (MRO) sector. These resources will be used to address sustainable composites made from the unique renewable resources of the partner country. 
  • For further details about the MTC, see White Paper.
  • Please tuned in to Asia Research News for articles about the latest work from the Consortium. Otherwise, stay tuned for further updates on this page!

ESTEEM INDICATORS WITH REGARD TO PUBLICATIONS

OTHER NOTABLE PUBLCATION AND EXPERTISE-LED ESTEEM INDICATORS

ENQUIRIES AND CONTACT

  • Enquiries from potential (academic or industrial) collaborators are welcome.
  • If you are interested in joining the Materials Technology Consortium (MTC), doing a research degree, i.e. MPhil or PhD degree, at my research group, or discuss with me about opportunities for collaboration, please feel free to contact me at kheng-lim.goh@ncl.ac.uk.


ADVANCED COMPOSITES-MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP

DISTINGUISHED Visiting Researchers

** Previous Visiting Researchers

(#) Completed a study on

(i) 'Assessment of Alveolar Bone Deformity Following Alveolar Bone Resorption Using Cone-beam Computed Tomography – A Retrospective Study'. It was published in Journal of Advanced Clinical & Research Insights (2022), 9, 1–5 (Authors: Rajanikanth B Rajaram, Kavitha Prasad, Margam Chandrasekaran, Ranganath K, Rayasa Ramachandra Rao, Vineeth Kumar K)

(ii) 'Post-process optimization of 3D printed poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) dental implant scaffold for enhanced structure and mechanical properties: effects of sonication duration' Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (2021) 32 (8), 91 (Authors: R Virinthorn, M Chandrasekaran, K Wang, KL Goh)

($) Completed a study on 'Age-dependent mechanical properties of tail tendons in wild-type and mimecan gene-knockout mice – A preliminary study'. It was published in Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol 139, March 2023, 105672 (Authors: C. Boote, Q. M, K.L. Goh)

** Previous Research Assistants/Research Fellows

  • Dr Roy Sunanda (RF/Research Consultant, IIT Roorkee), QR SPF Jan-Mar 2021
  • Dr Wei Liang LAI (RA), QR SPF Jan-Mar 2021; Internaional Seed Grant Apr-Jul 2021
  • Mr Peng Shu NG (RA), Global Engagement funds, Jul-Aug 2021. Congratulations to Peng Shu, who has graduated with Honours with Highest Distinction (1st class) 2021!!!
  • Ms Nurin Adilah Binte Yorse, Global Partnership funds, Apr-Jul 2022; Research Assistant, Sep-Dec 2022
  • Mr Andrew Tan (RA), Global Partnership funds, Apr-Jul 2022
  • Shreya Sharma (Virtual Intern Jan-Dec 2021, Graduate in B.E., Biological Sciences and Engineering, Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Delhi, India); Now at Imperial College

PhD/MPhil students

  • Chris ONG (PhD candidate, Jan 2019-now; Sup: A/P Chun Yang Yin, A/P KL Goh) NB: Chris's project is in the area of 3D printing of sustainable composites. I am the overall in-charge of his project, assisted by my colleague Chun Yang Yin. His project was initiated by me, align to the objectives of my Materials Technology Research Group. The key resource, 3D printing facility and mechanical testing systems, comes from my Research Group as well as from my closed collaborators at Nanyang Polytechnic and SIT.
  • Boon Tick LOH (PhD, Sep 2019-now; Supe: Asst/P JJ Chong, A/P KL Goh) NB: Tick Boon's project is in the area of monitoring of vibration and evaluation of the mechanical integrity of concrete/composite bridges, using a novel imaging method Digital Image Correlation (DIC) and compression testing. I am the overall in-charge of his project, assisted by my colleague JJ Chong. Although the project was formulated as part of an initial discussion with LTA, the method involving DIC supported by compression testing was initiated by me, align to the objectives of my Materials Technology Research Group. Through my initiatives, the supervisory panel expanded to include two external supervisors/collaborators from National University of Singapore: A/P Siang Huat Goh (my long-term collaborator, ex-colleague) and Dr Kong Kian Hau. Tick Boon's main equipment, namely the DIC system was supported by Imetrum Ltd, a UK company which I have a long term engagement going all the way back to 2017, when I started serving on the technical committee for the annual conference organised by British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM).
  • Hui Xin LOH (PhD, 2023; Supe: Asst/P Yuen Ling NG, A/P KL Goh) NB: Hui Xin's project is on plant-based meat and cultivated meat. This project was entirely initiated by Hui Xin, who initially approached me to help supervise her PhD based on my experience in connective tissue mechanics research. Since then, I have expanded the supervisory team to include Dr Ng Yuen Ling (my Singapore colleague) and collaborator/panel progression lead, Professor Che Connon (NU UK), who is an expert in innovative bio-materials for regenerative tissues. This work is supported by A*STAR; the A*STAR supervisor is Dr Andrew Wan. Dr Wan is the Principal Investigator at Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (A*STAR).

* NU Graduates    

  • Shahrain MAHMOOD (MPhil, completed in 2017) (")
  • Nami OBUKO (MPhil, completed in 2018) (~)
  • Rachel WANG (MPhil, completed in 2019/2020)
  • James Hood (PhD, completed in 2019/2020)
  • Hee Juon PANG (MPhil; completed in 2020)
  • Wei Liang LAI (PhD, completed 2021)
  • Yi ZHANG (PhD, completed 2022) (::)
  • Muhammad Ali Al-Siddiq Rahman (MPhil candidate, completed 2023)
  • Evelyn YEO (MPhil candidate, completed 2023) 

** Achievements in my group

  • (") Best paper, by Shahrain Mahmood (MPhil candidate), 14th CIRP Conference on Computer Aided Tolerancing
  • (~) Best oral presenter, by Nami Obuko (MPhil candidate), 6th MTERMS & 2nd Malaysian Stem Cell Meeting
  • (::) Best Poster Award by Zhang Yi, ‘Pellet fluidization using a 3D-printed micro-fluidized bed’, 17th Annual bioProcessUK Conference, Online event, 1-2 Dec 2020, www.bioindustry.org/event-listing/17th-annual-bioprocessuk-conference-2020.html

ESTEEM INDICATORS: KEYNOTE/PLENARY/INVITED SPEAKER (SPONSORED), EDITORIAL BOARD, REVIEWER, PI OF FUNDED PRJECTS

Notable achievements since 2015:

2015-7

  • Invited speaker, International Symposium on Nanoengineered Composites, Technical University of Denmark/Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, 15-17 July 2015, Riso Campus, Roskilde, Denmark
  • Keynote speaker, Composite Materials & Manufacturing Symposium (CMMS), 14-15 Nov 2016, UTM Kuala Lumpur
  • Invited speaker, JEC Asia, International Composites Event 15-17 Nov 2016
  • Invited speaker, JEC Bangkok, Composites Asia, 4-5 July 2017, Bangkok

2018

  • Keynote speaker, 7th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Engineering Materials (ICAMEM 2018), 17-18 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand 
  • Keynote speaker, 8th International Polymer Conference of Thailand (PCT-8), 14-15 Jun 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Keynote speaker, 2nd International Conference on Composite Materials, Polymer Science and Engineering (CMPSE 2018), 21-22 Sep, Osaka, Japan
  • Keynote speaker, Symposium on Damage Mechanisms in Materials and Structure (SDMMS 2018), 5-6 Dec, Putrajaya, Malaysia

2019

  • Speaker for Heidemann lecture, XXXV 2019 IULTCS Congress, 25-28 Jun, Dresden, Germany
  • Plenary speaker 8th International Conference on Engineering and Innovative Materials, Tokyo Denki University, September 6-8, 2019, Tokyo (http://www.iceim.org/key.html)
  • Plenary speaker 16th Impact Dynamics Forum, Organized by Joint International Research Lab of Impact Dynamics and its Engineering Applications, NPU, Oct 14, 2019, Xi’an, China
  • Keynote speaker 2nd International Conference on novel functional materials, November 7-8, 2019, Shanghai (http://www.icnfm.org)
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Mechanical Engineering Design 2019, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar (SSN) College of Engineering ICMechD2019, 18-19 April 2019, Chennai , India

2020

  • Keynote speaker, Targeting durability: repairing damaged composite materials, 4th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering & Applied Composite Materials
  • Including Invited speaker (=2): Composite Technology Seminar & Expert Forum (GMI Aero, France); 9th Global Conference on Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE)

2021

  • Keynote speaker, Repairing Advanced Composite Materials in Aerospace Structures, International Conference on Automation Technology & Mechanical Engineering, China
  • Keynote speaker, Uncomplicated repair of damaged fibre-reinforced composites, 7th Asia Conference on Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace Engineering (MEAE2021)
  • Keynote speaker, Uncomplicated repair of damaged fibre-reinforced composites, International Conference on Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (ICMIT2021)
  • Keynote speaker, Fibre composite materials and structures, International Conference on Product Design, Development, and Deployment (PD3), India
  • Keynote speaker, Towards precision repair of damaged fibre-reinforced polymer composites, 24th International Conference on Mechatronics Technology, Singapore
  • Faculti Interview, On: The rise of short fibre reinforced plastics, https://faculti.net
  • Including Invited speaker (=4): IMechE forum; Forum of Dept. of Polymer & Process Engineering, IIT Roorkee; 3rd International Conference on Materials Research & Innovation, Bangkok; JEC Korea, 5th Nov 2021

2022

  • Keynote speaker, 9th International Conference on Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering (CMAME 2022), Hanoi, Vietnam, December 16-18, 2022
  • Invited Lecture Speaker, The future of composites: post-COP26, challenges and prospects, Technical Seminar by Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) UTM, Johor Bahru, 16 February 2022
  • Invited Lecture Speaker, Net Zero challenges: Recent Developments in Green Materials and Materials Technology and Implications for Future Industrial Transformation, Conference of Mechanical, Industrial, and Education Engineering 2022, Mechanical Engineering Department, Universitas Negeri Malang, East Java, Indonesia, 20th-21st October 2022,
  • Keynote speaker, Advancement in Sustainable Composites, Composite Science and Technology International Conference (COMSAT), UTM, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 22-23 Aug 2022
  • Keynote speaker, Towards a net zero carbon economy: challenges and prospects for developing new materials and manufacturing, Kancheepuram, TN, India, 5th International conference on Advanced Materials & Modern Manufacturing (ICAMMM 2022), 25th to 27th' March 2022
  • Invited Speaker, MATERIALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING: Post-COP26, 8th International Conference on Education and Training Technologies (ICETT 2022), Macau, April 16-18, 2022
  • Invited Lecture Speaker, Net Zero challenges: Recent Developments in Green Materials and Materials Technology and Implications for Future Industrial Transformation, 4th International Conference on Materials Research and innovation (ICMARI), Bangkok, 2022, 14-16 Dec
  • Invited Lecture Speaker, Emerging technologies in Green biocomposites for orthoses and external prostheses, XXII International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, Bologna, Italy, 19th-21st September 2022
  • Invited Lecture Speaker, Reinforced plastic materials: Present and Future Challenges, Organised by Engineering Education Technical Division (E2TD), IEM in collaboration with Engineers Australia Malaysia Chapter, (EAMC), BEM APPROVED CPD HOURS: 2.0 REF. NO.: IEM22/HQ/006/T (w), Malaysia, 28 February 2022

2023

  • Keynote Speaker, Materials Design & Sustainability, 7th International Conference on Mechanical, Aeronautical & Automotive Engineering (ICMAA), Nanjing, China, 2023
  • Keynote Speaker, Repair of Composite Structures: Prospects & Challenges, 6th Int'l Conference on Mechanical, Electric and Industrial Engineering, (MEIE), Sanya, China, 2023
  • Keynote Speaker, How Polymer Could Contribute to A Low-Carbon Society, International Polymer Conference of Thailand 2023 (PCT-13), Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 2023
  • Keynote Speaker, This is water: polymer technology for UNSDG 6. 5th International Conference on Materials Research and Innovation, Bangkok, Thailand; NB: Dec 2023
  • Including Invited speaker (=5): 6th International Conference on Wood and Biofibre Malaysia; Forum of the Department of Environmental Technology, Meijo University, Japan; Forum of the Department of Materials Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand; Forum of the 'High-end Experts of Henan Province' programme, Zhengzhou University, China; 9th Asia Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

2024

  • Invited speaker: International Conference on Sustainable Materials for Engineering Applications, IIT Madras, Chennai, India, 1-3 Feb; 
  • Invited speaker: (Industry-sponsored guest lecturer) 12th Starch Value Chain ASIA, Vientiane, Laos, 27-29 Feb;
  • Invited speaker (sponsored), DTU (Denmark) International Symposium on Current challenges of wind energy development: Materials science and structural aspects, Athens/Greece, May 13-15


EDITORIAL BOARD

  • 2019-now Mechanical Sciences
  • 2023-now Scientific Data
  • 2023-now Advances in Polymer Technology

REVIEWER FOR EXTERNAL RESEARCH GRANT BODIES

  • Heart Research UK, 
  • MRC UK, 
  • EPSRC UK, 
  • Future Composite Manufacturing Hub

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • PUB CFRP Grant, External Collaborator, 2023-5
  • UK Dept Sci Innovation Technology Grant, Co-I, 2022-3
  • British Council Research Environment Links (REL) Grant, Co-I/PI, 2022-3
  • PUB (Insect at Reservoir) Grant, Co-I, 2021-2023
  • UKRI QR-SPF, PI, 2021
  • EPSRC ("Partnering for GCRF"), PI, 2017-8
  • WDA, PI, 2017
  • MOE TIF (Thermal Defects in CFRP), External Collaborator, 2018-2020
  • MOE TIF (Composite Repair), External Collaborator, 2015-2017
  • University Education Development Fund: Responsive Project Application, Co-I, 2019
  • International Partnership Funding (2021), Co-I,
  • Global Partnership Funds, PI, 2021,
  • Global Engagement Fellowships, PI, 2021
  • Newcastle University Visiting Professor Grant (for Prof David Hukins), PI, 2015

ON-GOING PROJECTS

#1: Hierarchical composites: 

  • Biomimicking concepts in connective tissues: implications on composite materials
  • Research output; Goh et al. 2005, Proc Roy Soc Lond B; Goh et al. 2014 J Biomed Nanotechnol; Goh 2017Fibre Composite Book; IULTCS 2019 Heidemann lecture
  • Impact on other fields: Skin substitutes,in Prog Mater Sci, Collagen biomaterials,in Biofabrication/Sci Rep, Corneal biomechanics,in Sci Rep, Leather processing, in Biomed Online

#2: Nanocomposite mechanics

  • Halloysite nanotube reinforced Chitosan materials: implications on bioscaffolds, membranes
  • Research output: De Silva et al. 2013, Polymer Testing; De Silva et al 2014, 2016; Goh et all 2015; Goh et al. 2018, Polym Testing & Data Brief
  • Spin off: Membrane for Sri Lanka water filtration project, awarded Rapid Response Grant, NU UK EPSRC Institution-linked grant on Partnering for GCRF

#3: Mechanics of 3D printed composites

  • 3D printing of plastic materials: Manufacturing optimisation project
  • Cross-border Newcastle Campus Collaboration with Prof Kenny Dalgarno, NU UK, Mr S Mahmood, NUIS Staff (MPhil student)
  • Spin off: 3D fibre composite printing project With Prof Yee Fook Cheong, SIT, Dr Chun Yang Yin, NUIS, Mr Chris Ong, PhD student & 3D fibre composite printing project, With Keppel Corp, BH192525, Dr Eugene Wong, NUIS

#4: Mechanics of Composite Repair

  • In situ repair of damaged composites
  • Cross-border Newcwastle Campus Collaboration With Prof Geoff Gibson, NU UK, & Dr Hamid Saeedipour, Republic Polytechnic
  • Spin off: PhD Project on “Effects of drilling holes and healants on repaired composites”, Mr Wei Liang Lai (PhD) 2016-now & On “Thermal defects in composites and repair strategy” 

#5: Composite Materials for Sustainable Engineering

  • Green composite materials and laminates for structural engineering
  • Upcycled materials for clean energy harvesting (TENG), waterproof coating, transparent and durable packaging

NOTABLE IMPACT

  • #1 Thermal defects in Carbon-fibre reinforced composites: Hee-Juon Pang, an undergraduate student, excelled in optical microscopy during his BEng final year project. After graduating in 2014, he joined the speaker's research group in 2018 for an MPhil degree, focusing on thermal defects in carbon fiber composites. The speaker provided access to advanced imaging equipment, guiding Hee-Juon in using optical microscopy, particularly image-mapping, to analyze composites. He developed an innovative high-throughput optical approach and graduated in 2021. His findings were published in a book chapter and his method is now applied in ongoing projects, benefiting current postgraduate students.
  • #2 Micromechanical testing of sustainable composite membranes for water filtration: Since 2006, mine partnership with Sensorcraft Technology led to securing a £39.8k sponsorship from the Workforce Development Agency for engineer Rachel Wang's MPhil study. She developed a micromechanical tester for sustainable composite membrane testing in collaboration with SLINTEC. This collaboration, including access to Monash University's lab, resulted in innovation and substantial returns for Sensorcraft. Rachel graduated in 2020, and in 2023, a patent for the membrane was jointly awarded to SLINTEC, Monash University, and NU, showcasing successful supervision and industry collaboration. See (https://bit.ly/H2OPatent)
  • #3 Structural health monitoring of composite structures in bridges project: I have mentored Tick-Boon Loh, a PhD student and Republic Polytechnic lecturer, in his collaboration with Imetrum Ltd. This support secured imaging equipment for Tick-Boon's experiments, enhancing his understanding of imaging systems for composite structure health monitoring. He published research benefiting Imetrum. I have also introduced AI imaging techniques through a funded PUB project, enabling Tick-Boon to propose a novel AI imaging approach for bridge assessment. In 2023, they submitted a grant application for S$312k to the Singapore Ministry of Education, enriching Tick-Boon's academic journey. See (https://bit.ly/agebridge)
  • #4 Plastic composite repair & sustainability projects: I have mentored Wei-Liang Lai during his PhD, securing lab equipment for composite repair experiments in collaboration with Nano-Tech SPA and Sensorcraft Technology. Wei-Liang's project won an award and resulted in six journal publications, benefiting Nano-Tech. I have also introduced Wei-Liang to international collaborators for an energy-harvesting project, leading to grant funding and knowledge-sharing with SembWaste. These successes inspired Wei-Liang to become a lecturer at Republic Polytechnic and continue research with my research group. See (https://bit.ly/rirepair) & (https://bit.ly/plasticTENG2)




Teaching

UNDERGRADUATE

  • MME1221 Statics and Dynamics
  • MME1262 Materials for Sustainable Design & Manufacturing (Revamped from MME1141, 2141)
  • MME2261 Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes (Revamped from MME2142)
  • MME3001 Integrated Work Study Programme
  • MME2211 Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation
  • MME3191 Capstone Project

Past:

  • MME1121 Engineering Statics (2017-2022)
  • MME1112 Engineering Maths 2 (2017-2019)
  • MME1141 Materials in Engineering (2020-2022)
  • MME1171 Thermofluids (2019-2022)
  • MME2121 Engineering Dynamics (2017-2022)
  • MME2141 Materials and Manufacturing (2017-2022)
  • MME3111 Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation (2017-2023)

POSTGRADUATE (2019-2022)

  • NUS8202 Materials for Sustainability
  • NUS8206 Energy storage
  • NUS8205 Energy management
  • NUS8208 Mechanical Integrity 
  • NUS8209 Masters Degree Project

PUBLISHED BOOKS USED AS TEXTBOOKS

INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT FOR TEACHING

  • Mr. Vishnu Shankar RAMAR, AEM Pte Ltd
  • Dr Xu Wen NG, Innoventures Inc.
  • Mr Lee Chon Kiat, Continental
  • Dr Eddie Tan, Makino Pte Ltd
  • Dr HP Kong, SeikoWall Pte Ltd

ENGAGEMENT FOR TEACHING & LEARNING (Selected Highlights)

  • Undergraduate seminar, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 8 Apr 2015
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate seminar, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, 28 Apr 2023
  • Undergraduate seminar, IIT Roorkee, India, 22 Mar 2021
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate seminar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), 16 Feb 2022
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate seminar, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), 18 Aug 2022
  • Postgraduate seminars, Zhengzhou University, China, 26-28 Jun, 1-2 Jul 2023

ENGAGEMENT IN TEACHING AT PROFESSIONAL FORUMS

  • The Institution of Engineers and Engineers Australia, Malaysia, Enabling research in civil, mechanical, materials and biomedical engineering 21 Sep 2011
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Singapore, The past, present and future of Reinforced Plastics, 22 July 2021
  • Faculty Interview, The rise of short fibre reinforced plastics, 2021 Link: faculti.net/the_rise_of_short_fibre_reinforced_plastics
  • The Institution of Engineers and Engineers Australia, Malaysia, Reinforced plastic material: past, present and future challenges, 28 Feb 2022

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT (videos)

  • Regina Cheah, SembWaste Pte Ltd, on Plastic Recycling (available on request) 21 Nov 2021 (For MME2141)
  • SLINTEC, Clean Drinking Water for North Central Region of Sri Lanka, Youtube
  • SLINTEC, A Water Filter that Fits any Bottle, Youtube
  • A Green Manufacturing Approach for making Lower Limb Prosthetic Sockets for Local Communities in North Malaysia Peninsula,

On Figshare: The Lower Limb Prosthetic Socket: A Chronological Account

On Figshare: Lower Limb Prosthetic Socket Project-Video
















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