Dr Goh Kek Boon

School of Engineering

+603 5514 4911
Room 5-4-67

Personal statement

Dr. K.B. Goh completed his Ph.D. in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, in late 2018. Immediately after his Ph.D, he moved to Germany for his postdoctoral training in the Institute of Physics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. His research primarily focuses on understanding adaptive materials for biosensing applications, especially in the realm of polymeric systems. To this end, he has presented his works in Singapore, Germany, France, Canada and the U.S.

Academic degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2019
  • Degree in Engineering (Distinction), University of Malaya, 2014

Professional affiliations

Member of International Professional Bodies

  • Association for Computational Mechanics (Singapore)
  • European Mechanics Society
  • International Association for Computational Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Statistical and nonlinear solid mechanics
  • Transport and sensing in nanoscale landscapes
  • Soft materials instabilities

Research Projects

Title: Understanding the coupled multi-physics response of enzyme-hydrogel conjugates

A unique character of (bio) adaptive materials is their capability to translate specific environmental cues into a convoluted chemo-electro-mechanical response. Thereby, this project develops phenomenological-based models to elucidate the multi-physical interaction between the enzyme-hydrogel conjugate. The model is verified by comparing with experimental observations in open- literature, capturing well the responses of the conjugate. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop design rules for optimizing such systems. As an extension of this project, we are currently conducting an initial study on nanozymes; that is, nanocomposite with intrinsic enzyme-like characteristics.

Title: Tuning the characteristic performance time of supramolecules decorated nanopores.

Mass transport through nanochannels is the basic principle of many analytical devices. Due to minaturation of these devices, i.e., from macro-to-nanoscale, its performance time is highly different, and often contradictory, from its macroscale counterparts. As such, this project will develop a full non-equilibrium model to investigate the mass transport phenomena through adaptive nanopores. We envisage that the model can be used to get a full insight into such analytical platforms.

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Local grants

  • An experimental and simulation of heat transfer to turbulent separation fluid flow in a concentric pipe, Dr. Oon Cheen Sean, September 2012 – September 2014, University of Malaya, RM32,000.00

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International Award/Recognition/Exhibition/Stewardship

  • Gold Medal Award, Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE), 2011 - Exhaust Air / Wind Energy Recovery System