in het Panhuis, Marc Professor and Associate Dean (international)

Professor of Materials Science

  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Senior Researcher - Intelligent Polymer Research Institute 2006 -
  • 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 -
  • Professor of Materials Science - School of Chemistry 2014 -
  • Associate Dean International - Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health 2013 - 2016
  • ARC Future Fellow - School of Chemistry 2009 - 2013

Research Overview


  • Prof. in het Panhuis’s vision for the new ACES is to establish Wollongong as: (i) a leading academic institution for research in hydrogels materials and their processing using Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing); and (ii) a reputable international education provider with strong links to international high-ranking institutions.


    His main research focus is to combine bio and synthetic polymers with carbon nanostructures, and/or conducting polymers via processing techniques such as additive fabrication into soft (wet and tough) materials for water treatment, soft robotics, bionics and tissue engineering applications. Since moving to the University of Wollongong in 2006, Prof. in het Panhuis has focussed his research on hydrogels (based on biopolymers such as gellan gum), their mechanical and electrical characterisation, and processing using Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing). More recent research has involved developing materials and processes for edible electronics and fins for surfboards. 



    Understanding the characteristics of materials and their importance in processing and materials fabrication has enabled his group to make a number of breakthroughs in: (i) the processing of conducting materials (including printing of devices), (ii) the synthesis of a new type of tough hydrogel (including 3D printing), (iii) the development of bio-inks for printing living cells, (iv) application of 4D printing to develop an autonomously functioning valve, (v) development of hydrogel materials for edible electronics and (vi) use of 3D printing in the development of fins for surfboards. These works received significant media attention. His ‘Hydrogel Scaffolds’ invention won the People’s Choice award on ABC TV’s The New Inventors in 2009. He was featured on BBC television for his work on 4D printing in 2015. In 2016, his work on 3D printed fins for surfboards appeared on Discovery Channel program Daily Planet. 



    Since 2006, Prof. in het Panhuis has supervised 19 PhD, six MSc, 17 Honours and eight visiting research students.

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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) New Polymer Materials for Tough Hydrogels. Almossawi, Mohammed
    Doctor of Philosophy Edible 4D printed hydrogel devices Keller, Alexander
    Master of Philosophy Towards a 3d-printed hydrogel prosthetic hand Hamilton, Charles
    Doctor of Philosophy Actuators, Sensors and Support for Robotic Hand. Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Effect of Minerals on Coke Analogue Carbon Bonding and Reactivity Aladejebi, Oluwatosin

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • D-2590-2012

Research Overview


  • Prof. in het Panhuis’s vision for the new ACES is to establish Wollongong as: (i) a leading academic institution for research in hydrogels materials and their processing using Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing); and (ii) a reputable international education provider with strong links to international high-ranking institutions.


    His main research focus is to combine bio and synthetic polymers with carbon nanostructures, and/or conducting polymers via processing techniques such as additive fabrication into soft (wet and tough) materials for water treatment, soft robotics, bionics and tissue engineering applications. Since moving to the University of Wollongong in 2006, Prof. in het Panhuis has focussed his research on hydrogels (based on biopolymers such as gellan gum), their mechanical and electrical characterisation, and processing using Additive Manufacturing (3D/4D printing). More recent research has involved developing materials and processes for edible electronics and fins for surfboards. 



    Understanding the characteristics of materials and their importance in processing and materials fabrication has enabled his group to make a number of breakthroughs in: (i) the processing of conducting materials (including printing of devices), (ii) the synthesis of a new type of tough hydrogel (including 3D printing), (iii) the development of bio-inks for printing living cells, (iv) application of 4D printing to develop an autonomously functioning valve, (v) development of hydrogel materials for edible electronics and (vi) use of 3D printing in the development of fins for surfboards. These works received significant media attention. His ‘Hydrogel Scaffolds’ invention won the People’s Choice award on ABC TV’s The New Inventors in 2009. He was featured on BBC television for his work on 4D printing in 2015. In 2016, his work on 3D printed fins for surfboards appeared on Discovery Channel program Daily Planet. 



    Since 2006, Prof. in het Panhuis has supervised 19 PhD, six MSc, 17 Honours and eight visiting research students.

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) New Polymer Materials for Tough Hydrogels. Almossawi, Mohammed
    Doctor of Philosophy Edible 4D printed hydrogel devices Keller, Alexander
    Master of Philosophy Towards a 3d-printed hydrogel prosthetic hand Hamilton, Charles
    Doctor of Philosophy Actuators, Sensors and Support for Robotic Hand. Tawk, Charbel
    Doctor of Philosophy Effect of Minerals on Coke Analogue Carbon Bonding and Reactivity Aladejebi, Oluwatosin

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • D-2590-2012
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