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in het Panhuis, Marc H. Professor

Professor of Materials Science

  • Professor - Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Director - Surf Flex Laboratory
  • Early and Mid-Career Academic Mentor - PODS
  • Chief Investigator - ARC Centre for Electromaterials Science

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 http://tiny.cc/v6br8y.

    Mechanical flex is an important property that is critical to the performance of fins and surfboards. Our Surf Flex Laboratory is a dedicated facility for mechanical testing of surfing equipment, e.g. fins, surfboards, cloths, inlays, leash bars, and leashes to name but a few.

    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

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

    Teaching
    I contribute to subjects and degree programs administered by the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience and the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences:

    • Chemistry for Engineering (CHEM103)
    • Introduction to Bionanotechnology (BNAN101)
    • Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (CHEM214)

    Download my CV

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • Engagement with media and working with industry
  • Our work on edible electronics resulted in a lot of media exposure for research at the University of Wollongong
  • We demonstrated the potential of 4D printing and showcased UOW research to the wider community
  • The Surf Flex Lab is a dedicated facility for testing of surfboards and fins at the University of Wollongong.

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Development of flexible, durable and ionic materials based on poly(acrylamide) hydrogels for soft conducting and sensing applications 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 3D PRINTED PNEUMATIC SOFT ACTUATORS AND SENSORS: their modeling, performance quantification, control and applications in soft robotic systems 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
    Master of Philosophy -SMAH 3D printing of spinal implants Al-takhayneh, Osama

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 http://tiny.cc/v6br8y.

    Mechanical flex is an important property that is critical to the performance of fins and surfboards. Our Surf Flex Laboratory is a dedicated facility for mechanical testing of surfing equipment, e.g. fins, surfboards, cloths, inlays, leash bars, and leashes to name but a few.

    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

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

    Teaching
    I contribute to subjects and degree programs administered by the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience and the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences:

    • Chemistry for Engineering (CHEM103)
    • Introduction to Bionanotechnology (BNAN101)
    • Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (CHEM214)

    Download my CV

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


  • Engagement with media and working with industry
  • Our work on edible electronics resulted in a lot of media exposure for research at the University of Wollongong
  • We demonstrated the potential of 4D printing and showcased UOW research to the wider community
  • The Surf Flex Lab is a dedicated facility for testing of surfboards and fins at the University of Wollongong.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Development of flexible, durable and ionic materials based on poly(acrylamide) hydrogels for soft conducting and sensing applications 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 3D PRINTED PNEUMATIC SOFT ACTUATORS AND SENSORS: their modeling, performance quantification, control and applications in soft robotic systems 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
    Master of Philosophy -SMAH 3D printing of spinal implants Al-takhayneh, Osama

Mailing Address


  • AIIM Building, 231.G21, Innovation Campus

    University of Wollongong, Squires Way

    North Wollongong

    NSW

    2500

    Wollongong

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