Swinburne Sarawak produces innovative, high-impact and engaged research. We support and invest in our researchers by offering them international collaborations, industry involvement and access to world-class facilities. Read some of our research stories and meet the people committed to bringing about change.

Research students at Swinburne

Research students at Swinburne

Now is the time for renewables


Now is the time for renewables

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another.” – Einstein

This would sum up what my research in thermal radiation is about. I am looking into using nanotechnology to enhance the performance of solar cells; particularly by incorporating metallic nanoparticles in the solar cells.

  • Nas and Edwin (both pursuing PhD) In Rajang river filtering sediments
  • Nas collecting sediment samples in Maludam
  • Nas and Edwin in Svalbard, the Arctic to study microbes which appear to be similar to those found in Sarawak peat soil.
  • Nas sampling in Svalbard

Indigenous Heritage and the Internet

in Long Luyang, Tinjar

Indigenous Heritage and the Internet

A collaborative project with Swinburne Melbourne investigates whether mobile media technologies can assist in the maintenance of indigenous knowledge. The aim of the project is to set up a sustainable community based eco-tourism and to develop a mobile storytelling app.

Read more about the project in Raine's blog.

Transport Innovation Centre

This year Swinburne launched the new Transport Innovation Centre together with the Malaysia Automotive Institute. Its aim is to become the leading centre of excellence addressing the transport and mobility needs of the population in the ASEAN region. The Centre leverages on the research expertise and facilities of Swinburne’s campuses while MAI brings in its vast experience and network in the transportation industry in Malaysia.


We need an adaptable evacuation system


We need an adaptable evacuation system

Dr. Loke Kar Seng and his student, Chee Hin Foong have developed a concept which changes the way emergency response teams are deployed during a natural disaster. Their dynamic evacuation plan for urban areas won the country prize in the UN Big Ideas Competition for Urban Issues using Data Innovation.

Brewing a microbe cocktail

Dr. Tan's been inspired by the primary tropical rainforest which houses about 50% of all land diversity on earth. What makes the soil here so productive? Its the multiplicity of microbes which act as ideal fertilisers and soil conditioning agent. 

He's researching collecting, isolating ideal microbial varieties to make a greener and more effective biofertiliser which will allow for plant diversity to flourish. 

Dr. Tan is brewing a microbial biofertiliser which mimics the soil productivity of the primary rainforest


Dr. Google will be able to predict your medical health

Together with Assoc. Prof. Jean-Guy Schneider from Swinburne Melbourne, Assoc. Prof. Patrick Then aims to create a kind of medical search engine for doctors and medical practitioners. By creating a paradigm of historical data of patients with cardiovascular disease, doctors can compare their patients’ condition with people who had the same or similar medical condition and can see how their health will progress.

On a mission to find microbes

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions through microbiology

Marshy peat soil stores a lot of carbon in them and when this soil is drained for agricultural purposes, the peat comes into contact with air and releases a high level of carbon dioxide. That peat + air = CO2 is basic science but there are some exceptions to this rule. The peaty soil in Maludam National Park emits suprisingly low amount of CO2 and that is what Dr. Müller's team is investigating.

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  • Dr. Moritz Müller and his research team
  • Sampling trip to Maludam National Park
  • Collecting samples of the peat soil
  • Nas and Edwin in Svalbard in the Arctic to collect and compare microbes


Building in challenging geology

Fredrik’s research in construction methods, especially pipe-jacking is so useful that an engineering company, Hock Seng Lee Berhad has partnered with his research group for advice on their building projects.