I am a professor at Alfaisal University and currently also serves the department of mechanical engineering as its chair.
My teaching and research interests are in the broad areas of materials. I am teaching ME 201 Materials Science and Engineering and ME 312 Mechanics of Materials II in Fall 2019. I have also taught materials courses such as corrosion engineering, semiconductor processing and surface engineering. I also believe in learning by exploring. Hence, collaboration with students in projects is integral in my teaching and research activities. I welcome requests for project collaboration and thesis supervision from students. A number of students I mentored and worked with have won competitions such as the Platinum medal (Senior Category) at the Singapore Chemical Science Fair and Second Prize (US$10 K) at the Clean Tech Challenge, New York; one student was selected for the TOTAL summer school.
My research interests are in the broad areas of metal oxides, nanomaterials, porous materials and sustainable materials, and their applications for energy, healthcare, and sensing. I have expertise in materials characterization and processing, and materials failure analysis through academic and industrial experience gained at Agilent Labs (California) and Intel Inc. (Arizona) as well as industry/consultancy projects. My research was funded by competitive grants from National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Defence, TOTE in Singapore as well as Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Ministry of Defence in Brunei. My research has produced a number of Singapore and US patents as well as academic publications.
I am a senior member of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES); member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (USA); member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and member of the Institute of Physics (UK). I am also a reviewer for journals published by Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Institute of Physics (UK), The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (USA).
I joined Alfaisal University in late August 2019 as a professor and, from September 2019, serves the mechanical engineering department as its chair. Prior to joining Alfaisal University, I was a professor at UTB and served in executive appointments; the last being its assistant vice chancellor for research. In those positions, I gained experience working across various disciplines and served in numerous committees at national and university levels.
I received the bachelor and Honours degrees in materials engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 1996 and 1997, respectively. I earned my PhD from the Materials Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2005 for work on nanostructured titania.
I have received the following recognitions: Emerging Leaders Alliance Program (TMS, 2016), Special Mention, Teaching Excellence Award (UTB 2016), IES Outstanding Volunteer Award (IES, 2014), Graduate Student Award (Silver) (MRS, 2004), International Fellowship (Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), 2002-2004) as well as the Regents Scholarship and Graduate Research Assistantship (UCSB).