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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Dr. Soon Kok Heng

Discipline Leader – BEng (Hons) Mechanical, Senior Lecturer
MSc (QUB), PhD (QUB), CEng (ECUK), MIMechE

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 740
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E205, Building E, FECS
Email: khsoon@swinburne.edu.my

Biography

K. H. Soon received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom) in 2010. He joined Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing, and Science in September 2011. Subsequently, he was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2014 at the same institution. In 2013, Dr. Soon was appointed as Program Coordinator (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science at Swinburne Sarawak. He was appointed as the Discipline Leader of the Mechanical Engineering program in 2018.

His research interests include computational mechanics, processing, structure and properties of semiconductor materials, polymer and polymer composites.

Research Interests

  • Polymer science
  • Polymer nanocomposites, biocomposites, green composites
  • Polymer processing
  • Computational mechanics of semiconductor, composites, and polymer.

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Chartered Engineer, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Charteed Engineer, Engineering Council (UK)

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the following areas/ projects:

  1. Biodegradability of green composite
  2. Computational modelling of biomaterials
  3. Processing-morphology-structural analysis of advanced materials

Funded research project:

  1. A Study of the Effect of Increased Hydrophobicity via Free Radical Graft Polymerization Produced through Microwave Irradiation on the Interfacial Enhancement of Wood Polymer Composites.

Please contact Dr. Soon for more information on the above topics.

Current RHD Supervision

Name Degree Area of Research Start year Role
Sanjay Srirang Mane PhD Computation Mechanics 2019 Coordinating supervisor
Melissa Augustine Saidi PhD Bio-composites 2014 Coordinating supervisor
Muhammad Jahanzail Kamran MEng Bio-composites 2019 Coordinating supervisor

  • Publications

Publications

  • Journal paper Kakar, A., Jayamani, E. , Soon, K. H. and Bakri, M. K. (2018), ‘Study of dielectric properties of luffa–polylactide quadratic splint composites: The effect of cyclic absorption and desorption of water’, J Vinyl Addit Technol, Vol. 24, p. 388-394.
  • Journal paper Bakri, M.K., Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Hamdan, S., Kakar A. (2017) ‘An Experimental and Simulation Studies on Sound Absorption Coefficients of Banana Fibers and their Reinforced Composites’, Nano Hybrids and Composites, Vol. 12, 9-20.
  • Journal paper Bakri, M.K., Jayamani, E., Hamdan, S., Rahman, R., Soon, K.H., Kakar, A. (2016) ‘Fundamental Study On The Effect Of Alkaline Treatment On Natural Fibers Structures And Behaviors’, ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 14, July 2016, ISSN 1819-6608, Asian Research Publishing Network (ARPN).
  • Journal paper Jayamani, E., Hamdan, S., Soon, K.H., Rahman, R., Bakri, M.K. (2016) ‘Acoustical, thermal, and morphological properties of zein reinforced oil palm empty fruit bunch fiber bio-composites’, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, DOI: 10.1002/APP.44164.
  • Journal paper Jayamani, E., Hamdan, S., Bakri, M.K., Soon, K.H., Rahman, R., Kakar, A. (2015) ‘Analysis of natural fiber polymer composites: effects of alkaline treatment on sound absorption’, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites 0(0) 1–9.
  • Journal paper Jayamani, E., Hamdan, S., Rahman, Md.R., Soon, K.H., Bakri, M.K. (2014) ‘Processing and Characterization of Epoxy/Luffa Composites: Investigation on Chemical Treatment of Fibres on Mechanical Acoustical Properties’, BioResources, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 5542-5556.
  • Journal paper Soon, K., Harkin-Jones, E., Rajeev, R.S., Menary, G., Martin, P.J., Armstrong, C.G. (2012) ‘Morphology, barrier, and mechanical properties of biaxially deformed poly(ethylene terephthalate)-mica nanocomposites’, Polymer Engineering & Science, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 532-548.
  • Journal paper Soon, K., Harkin-Jones, E., Rajeev, R.S., Menary, G., McNally, T., Martin, P.J., Armstrong, C.G. (2009) ‘Characterisation of melt processed poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)/synthetic clay nanocomposite sheet and its biaxial deformation behaviour’, Polymer International, vol. 58, no. 10, pp. 1134-1141
  • Journal paper Rajeev, R.S., Harkin-Jones, E., Soon, K., McNally, T., Menary, K., Armstrong, C.G., Martin, P.J., (2008) ‘Studies on the effect of equi-biaxial stretching on the exfoliation of nanoclays in polyethylene terephthalate’, European Polymer Journal, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 332-340
  • Journal paper Rajeev, R.S., Harkin-Jones, E., Soon, K., McNally, T., Menary, K., Armstrong, C.G., Martin, P.J. (2008) ‘A method to study the dispersion and orientation of nanoclay tactoids in PET matrix-focused ion beam milling combined with electron microscopy’, Materials Letters, vol. 62 pp. 4118-4120.
  • Journal paper Harkin-Jones, E., Figiel, L., Spencer, P., Abu-Zurayk, R., Al-Shabib, W., Chan, V., Rajeev, R., Soon, K., Buckley, P., et al. (2008) ‘Performance enhancement of polymer nanocomposites via multiscale modelling of processing and properties’, Plastics, Rubber and Composites, vol. 37, no. 2-4, pp. 113-123.
  • Conference paper R. S. Sethu, S. H. Kulkarni, H. U. Ha and K. H. Soon, “Influence of Under Bump Metalization dimensions on passivation nitride stress,” 2017 18th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems (EuroSimE), Dresden, Germany, 2017, pp. 1-5.
  • Conference paper R. S. Sethu, C. Schirrmann, H. U. Ha and K. H. Soon, “Impact of wire material and fluorine in dielectric on wire Pull Test stress,” 2017 18th International Conference on Thermal, Mechanical and Multi-Physics Simulation and Experiments in Microelectronics and Microsystems (EuroSimE), Dresden, Germany, 2017, pp. 1-7.
  • Conference paper Saidi, M.A., Gorin, A., Soon, K.H., Jayaman, E. (2017), “Effect of Layout Sequence on the Integrity of Poly-lactic Acid and Rice Straw Fibre Composites,” 5th International Conference of Materials Processing and Characterization (ICMPC 2016), 12th-13th March 2016, Gongkaraju Rangaraju Institiute of Engineering & Technology, GRIET, Hyderabad, India. Materials Today: Proceedings, 4 (2017), 3150–3157.
  • Conference paper Sethu, R. S., Ha, H.U., Soon, K.H. ‘Influence of intermetallic thickness and elastic modulus on passivation thermal stress.’ 2017 Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium (Pan Pacific), Kauai, HI, USA, 2017, pp. 1-7.
  • Conference paper Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Bakri, M.K., Hamdan. (2017), ‘Comparative Study of Sound Absorption Coefficients of Coir/Kenaf/Sugarcane Bagasse Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composites’, Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 730, 48-53. 2016 International Conference on Material Engineering and Application (August 19-21, 2016, Hong Kong, China)
  • Conference paper Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Bakri, M.K. (2017), ‘Dielectric Properties of Pineapple Leaf Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Based Composites’, Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 730, 42-47. 2016 International Conference on Material Engineering and Application (August 19-21, 2016, Hong Kong, China)
  • Conference paper Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Bakri, M.K. (2016), ‘Effect of Developing Analytic/Task Specific Rubric for an Enhanced Student Learning in Manufacturing Subjects’. 7th Annual International Conference on Computer Science Education: Innovation & Technology (CSEIT 2016)
  • Conference paper Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Bakri, M.K. (2016), ‘Effect of Implementing Digital Learning Technologies Podcasting and Blogs to Enhance Student Learning in Manufacturing Subjects’. 7th Annual International Conference on Computer Science Education: Innovation & Technology (CSEIT 2016)
  • Conference paper Bakri, M.K.B, Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Hamdan, S. (2015) ‘Reinforced Oil Palm Fiber Epoxy Composites: An Investigation on Chemical Treatment of Fibers on Acoustical, Morphological, Mechanical and Spectral Properties’, Materials Today: Proceedings, Vol 2, No. 4, 2747-2756. 4th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterization (ICMPC 2015), 14th and 15th March 2015, GRIET, Hyderabad.
  • Conference paper Jayamani, E., Hamdan, S., Ezhumalai, P., Soon, K.H. (2014) ‘Acoustic and Thermal Properties of Polymer Composites Reinforced with Lignocellulosic Fibers’, Applied Mechanics and Materials Vol. 624, pp. 25-29. International Conference on Manufacturing Science and Technology, 2014 (ICMST 2014)
  • Conference paper Jayamani, E., Soon, K.H., Hamdan, S., Rahman, Md.R. ‘Sound Absorption Property of Agricultural Lignocellulosic Residue Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composite’ Applied Mechanics and Materials (Volume 663) Pages 464-468
  • Conference paper Kiew, K.S., Soon, K.H., Hamdan, S., Mohsin, M., Kakar, A., Hameed, M. (2014) ‘Preparation and Dimensional Stability of Organo-Montmorillonite (O-MMT) Treated Unsaturated Polyester Hybrid Composites Filled with Keratin Fiber’, Advanced Materials Research, vol. 979, pp. 28-32. ICMST 2014 at Miri, (2014)
  • Conference paper Biaxial stretching of PET-nanoclay composites: deformation behaviour, mechanical and barrier properties. Proceedings of the Polymer Processing Society 24th Annual Meeting (PPS-24), June 15-19, 2008 Salerno (Italy).