Ir. Dr. Tan Ming Kwang

Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering

tan.ming.kwang@monash.edu
+603 5514 6202
Room 5-4-20
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Personal statement

My research area is microfluidics, focusing on manipulation of liquids/droplets at small scale for different applications such as improving heat transfers.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Monash University Clayton, 2009
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons), Monash University Malaysia, 2002

Professional affiliations

Member of National Professional Bodies

  • Board of Engineers Malaysia, Graduate Member

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Golden Key International Honour Society, Member

Research Interests

My present research focuses on thermofluids related studies, particularly on smaller scale platforms as such the use of surface acoustic waves (SAWs) for microfluidics actuation, and the cooling of high temperature surfaces. On the work related to the SAW-microfluidics, my recent focus is on the enhancement of atomization (nebulization) and the nanoparticle filtration via graphene film with SAWs.

Research Projects

Title: Rapid transport of water molecules within multilayer 2-D material films actuated by surface acoustic waves

This project aims to investigate on the dynamic motion of monolayer flakes excited by SAW and the subsequent effect on the transport of water molecules within the flakes for an efficient atomization. An efficient atomization or the transport of water molecules on these small lab-on-chip devices are essentially for applications such as drug delivery, cooling, as well as nanofiltration.

Title: Development of a novel technique to accelerate water uptake and sprouting of seeds/beans via MHz vibrations

This project aims to employ miniature surface acoustic wave devices to enhance the rate of water uptake as well as reducing the sprouting time. Preliminary study has been conducted, and the results are promising; we are able to obtain up to 50% increase of water uptake. This technique not only can significantly reduce the preparation time, the energy consumption is also very low (less than 1W).

Education

Units taught

MEC4444 - Industrial Noise and Control

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Local grants

  • Development of a novel technique to accelerate water uptake and sprouting of seeds/beans via MHz vibrations, Tan Ming Kwang, 2018 – 2019, Advanced Engineering Platform/Monash University Malaysia
  • Systematic approach for quick diagnosis/root cause investigation of noise from steering system, Tan Ming Kwang & Ang Kar Man, 2018 – 2019, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Sdn Bhd
  • Investigation of a rapid microparticle sorting technique for portable microsensors for onside detection of contaminants in floodwater, Tan Ming Kwang, 2015, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme/Ministry of Education Malaysia
  • Investigations of economical methods to improve efficiencies of spray and jet cooling systems by suppressing the Leidenfrost effect, Tan Ming Kwang, 2013 - 2016, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme/Ministry of Education Malaysia

Current supervision

Edmund Lim

Enhancement in microflows driven by kHz vibrations

2017 - Present

Monash University Malaysia

Wong Kiing Seng

High-frequency surface acoustic wave to enhance water absorption in seeds/beans

2018 – Present

Monash University Malaysia

Chan Jing Shuet

Development of a highly efficient, low-cost and portable micro-cooling system for LED lighting

2018 - Present

Monash University Malaysia

Woo Chieh Chieng

Systematic approach for quick diagnosis/root cause investigation of noise from steering system

2018 - Present

Monash University Malaysia

Completed supervision

Dr Ang Kar Man

Microfluidics Actuations and Applications via High Frequency Acoustics Waves

2013 – 2017

Monash University Malaysia

Dr Ng Boon Thiam

The Leidenfrost Phenomenon: Thermocapillary Effect, Suppression Methods, and Applications

2013 – 2017

Monash University Malaysia

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