Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Kheng-Lim Goh

Director of Research, Associate Professor & Reader


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.

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.


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)


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


  • 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)


  • 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


1. Research Profile

  • My research concerns Materials Technology. I researched on the mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical characteristics of materials, on how materials may be made that result in effective exploitation of the key properties, and how materials can be effectively applied in engineering applications, e.g. in engineering applications, structural support/repair, energy generation, cleaning water and carbon capture. I am also interesting in the wider area surrounding how the materials that we used in making products could pollute our environment.
  • Currently, I lead the Advanced Composites-Materials Technology Research Group at the Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute (NewRIIS). I work on characterisation of materials properties (metals, plastics, ceramics, biological) to enable the material to be safely deployed in engineering systems. I also work on optimising the performance of the materials over its operating life.
  • On-going research projects: (1) composite laminates for aerospace engineering; (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 (> 100 papers to-date), conference proceedings and book chapters. 

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Enquiries from potential (academic or industrial) collaborators are welcome.

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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)
  • Boon Tick LOH (PhD, Sep 2019-now; Supe: Asst/P JJ Chong, A/P KL Goh)
  • Hui Xin LOH (PhD, 2023; Supe: Asst/P Yuen Ling NG, A/P KL Goh)

* 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,


Notable achievements since 2015:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 (
  • 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 (
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Mechanical Engineering Design 2019, Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar (SSN) College of Engineering ICMechD2019, 18-19 April 2019, Chennai , India
  • 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


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


  • 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


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


#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: 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



  • 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


  • 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 in teaching 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:
  • The Institution of Engineers and Engineers Australia, Malaysia, Reinforced plastic material: past, present and future challenges, 28 Feb 2022

Videos for Public Engagement

  • 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