RESEARCH AREA

SOFT MULTI-FUNCTIONAL ELECTRONICS

Soft multi-functional electronics refer to flexible devices with unusual properties that allow for novel unconventional applications. One of the strategies to achieve this is to combine materials with strong synergy between each other that allows for new functions to emerge. In our lab, we explore and develop new technologies based on molecular conductors due to their versatility, tunability, and ease of processing. For example, a simple device that is electrochromic and at the same time has rectifying properties has been demonstrated in our lab for flexible smart display applications. The lab is equipped with automated data acquisition and control systems, basic electronics such as current sources, nanovoltmeters, source meters, function generators, amplifiers, impedance analyzers, temperature controllers, and basic cryogenics measurement setup for measurements down to ~80 K. Prototyping facilities are also established including 3D printers, laser cutter, and basic machining tools.

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BIO-INSPIRED MATERIALS

The fabric of life is full of deep secrets that drive beautiful processes behind some of the most resilient, functional, and efficient organisms, ecosystem, and materials. Often such properties are strongly tied to their functional requirement in nature. Some of the most water-repellent materials have been observed in the wings and feet of insects; also in plant leaves. In these cases, nanofibers that exhibit hydrophobicity are the key. Likewise, nanostructures have been observed in spider silk that renders them one of the toughest materials in nature. In our lab, we seek to understand the mechanism that allows certain special properties to occur in biological systems. This would allow us to mimic nature, process natural materials for technologies, and hopefully replicate the bio-inspired process via synthetic routes for improved customizability, reproducibility, and efficiency. Special focus is given to exploring the synthesis and self-assemblies of nanoparticles and advanced processing of silk-based materials.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

It is more important now than ever to take action against the environmental problems of this era. Climate change, plastic waste, air/water/soil pollution are highly complicated problems that require massive collaborative efforts between various fields of studies and institutions. In our lab, we work with our partners in academia and industry to explore greener solutions to some of these problems. One of the initiatives is to develop green and circular processes in the manufacturing of Black Soldier Fly–based products with applications in agricultural, food technology, and biomedical fields. On top of developing green alternatives to existing commercial products using Black Soldier Fly-based materials, we are also interested in finding new approaches to reduce and/or to recycle waste streams into value-added products.

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APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial intelligence concerns with the mimicry of human intelligence by means of computational techniques. Computer software and machines integrated with artificial intelligence are robust as they are able to learn from the environments to adapt to evolving situations. This opens up new venues in many different fields. In our center, we apply artificial intelligence systems to empower us to problem-solve and discover new science in a way that complements the conventional and traditional scientific methods. This includes approaches that involves computer-vision and machine learning to reveal hidden insights in materials and biological systems.

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RESEARCH INTERNS AND STUDENT PROJECT

May 2021-present

DENNIS CHRISTIAN

Electrical Engineering, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Internship
Project: Characterization of nanocomposites and their applications

May 2021- present

EGGY WIRAHMAN

Electrical Engineering, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Internship
Project: Multi-station flocculator design and build

Aug 2020 - Dec 2020

TIMOTHY BASTIAAN

Electrical Engineering, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Internship and Senior Year Project.

Project: Peltier-based environmental chamber design and build for research oriented learning.

Aug 2020 - Oct 2020

FRENTSEN ADEPUTRA

Computer Science, UKRIDA, Internship

Project: Android app development for learning module planner.

Jul 2020 - Oct 2020

DYLAN GRETI SETIAWAN

High School, California, United States

Project: Evaluation of chitosan as water treatment and antimicrobial agents

August 2019-Present

JACKSON WAHYUDI

Electrical Engineering, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Bachelor Thesis

Thesis Project: Peltier-based head-band temperature regulator

June 2019-July 2019

AMRITA WIKARA

High School Gr. 10, Sekolah Pelita Harapan Sentul, Internship

Project: Exploration of swelling inhibition of chitosan based product.