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in het Panhuis, Marc H. Professor

Professor of Materials Science

  • Senior Researcher - Intelligent Polymer Research Institute 2006 -
  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials 2008 -
  • Chief Investigator - ARC Centre for Electromaterials Science 2009 -
  • Early and Mid-Career Academic Mentor - Professional and Organisational Development Services 2011 -
  • Associate Editor - Royal Society of Chemistry 2013 -
  • Project Leader - Global Challenges - 3D printed fins for surfboards 2015 -
  • Professor of Materials Science - School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience 2018 -
  • Professor of Materials Science - School of Chemistry 2014 - 2018
  • Associate Dean International - Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health 2013 - 2016
  • ARC Future Fellow - School of Chemistry 2009 - 2013

Research Overview


  • I am a Professor of Materials Science and a national and international recognized expert in development of new materials (e.g. hydrogel and composite materials), Additive Manufacturing (i.e. 3D and 4D printing) and materials characterisation (electrical, mechanical and performance) with a focus on applications in:

    • soft robotics
    • living/edible electronics
    • surfing (3D printed fins and surfboard flex).

    My research is currently funded by the Australian Research Council (Soft Robotics), UOW Global Challenges Program (3D printed fins for surfboards) and UOW Partnership Grant (surfboard flex).


    3D Printed Fins for Surfboards
    is an innovative interdisciplinary research project proving that, compared to traditional manufacturing, 3D printing is a viable alternative to customise and rapidly propotype surfboard fins. The project brings together experienced experts and early career researchers from a diverse range of disciplines including materials science, human geography, engineering, biomechanics, 3D printing, computational fluid dynamics, the Internet-of-Things, data mining and surfing. This project owes its success to its truly interdisciplinary nature, see https://goo.gl/J1d5mB.


    Since 2006, I have supervised 20 PhD, 6 MSc, 17 Honours and 8 visiting research students.

    Media
    I am an experienced science communicator and my research has received significant media attention. This goes back to ‘Hydrogel Scaffolds’ invention which won the People’s Choice award on ABC TV’s The New Inventors in 2009. I have also been featured on BBC television for our work on 4D printing in 2015. Since 2016, my work on 3D printed fins for surfboards and mechanical flex behaviour of surfboards has been regularly appearing in the media, e.g. The Australian, 9NewsIllawarra, ABC radio and on Discovery Channel program Daily Planet (to name by a few). For more details see: https://goo.gl/QVga7q

      

    My full CV can be downloaded here:
    http://tiny.cc/msdc8y

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


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Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Preparation, characterization and 3D Printing of Hydrogels for soft sensor devices Zainulabdeen, Khalid
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) 3D printed living electrodes Almossawi, Mohammed
    Doctor of Philosophy Edible 4D printed hydrogel devices Keller, Alexander
    Doctor of Philosophy Actuators, Sensors and Support for Robotic Hand. Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Neural Interfacing to Soft Robotic Hand Montoya Gurrola, Gerardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Identifying and Translating Intention of Prosthetic Hand Users into Control Signals using Machine Learning Techniques Le, Hong Quan

Mailing Address


  • AIIM Building, 231.G21, Innovation Campus

    University of Wollongong, Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Wollongong

Research Overview


  • I am a Professor of Materials Science and a national and international recognized expert in development of new materials (e.g. hydrogel and composite materials), Additive Manufacturing (i.e. 3D and 4D printing) and materials characterisation (electrical, mechanical and performance) with a focus on applications in:

    • soft robotics
    • living/edible electronics
    • surfing (3D printed fins and surfboard flex).

    My research is currently funded by the Australian Research Council (Soft Robotics), UOW Global Challenges Program (3D printed fins for surfboards) and UOW Partnership Grant (surfboard flex).


    3D Printed Fins for Surfboards
    is an innovative interdisciplinary research project proving that, compared to traditional manufacturing, 3D printing is a viable alternative to customise and rapidly propotype surfboard fins. The project brings together experienced experts and early career researchers from a diverse range of disciplines including materials science, human geography, engineering, biomechanics, 3D printing, computational fluid dynamics, the Internet-of-Things, data mining and surfing. This project owes its success to its truly interdisciplinary nature, see https://goo.gl/J1d5mB.


    Since 2006, I have supervised 20 PhD, 6 MSc, 17 Honours and 8 visiting research students.

    Media
    I am an experienced science communicator and my research has received significant media attention. This goes back to ‘Hydrogel Scaffolds’ invention which won the People’s Choice award on ABC TV’s The New Inventors in 2009. I have also been featured on BBC television for our work on 4D printing in 2015. Since 2016, my work on 3D printed fins for surfboards and mechanical flex behaviour of surfboards has been regularly appearing in the media, e.g. The Australian, 9NewsIllawarra, ABC radio and on Discovery Channel program Daily Planet (to name by a few). For more details see: https://goo.gl/QVga7q

      

    My full CV can be downloaded here:
    http://tiny.cc/msdc8y

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Preparation, characterization and 3D Printing of Hydrogels for soft sensor devices Zainulabdeen, Khalid
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) 3D printed living electrodes Almossawi, Mohammed
    Doctor of Philosophy Edible 4D printed hydrogel devices Keller, Alexander
    Doctor of Philosophy Actuators, Sensors and Support for Robotic Hand. Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Neural Interfacing to Soft Robotic Hand Montoya Gurrola, Gerardo
    Doctor of Philosophy Identifying and Translating Intention of Prosthetic Hand Users into Control Signals using Machine Learning Techniques Le, Hong Quan

Mailing Address


  • AIIM Building, 231.G21, Innovation Campus

    University of Wollongong, Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Wollongong

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