Plenary Speaker - Michael Khor

Professor Michael Khor

Professor Michael Khor

Plenary Speaker

K. A. Khor is a professor at School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and currently served as the Director of Research Support Office & Bibliometrics Analysis in NTU. He received his PhD degree from Monash University, Australia. He worked as an Experimental Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne before joining NTU in 1989. He has held a number of academic, research and administrative appointments, such as Deputy Director, Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA), Singapore Office; Director (Projects) at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore; Associate Provost (Research), President’s Office, NTU. He is also the President, Institute of Materials, East Asia (IoMEA) from 1996. His research focus on nano-bioceramics and nano-composites for artificial cornea implants, orthopaedic and dental implants, spark plasma sintering (SPS) of nano-materials and nano-powders (metals and ceramics), thin films, thermal sprayed coatings, thermal barrier coatings (TBC) for aerospace applications and solid oxide fuel cells. He has published over 265 peer reviewed journal articles on the above research topics. These papers have ~9200 citations (h-index = 51). In his current role as Director, Bibliometrics Analysis in NTU, he conducts various studies on research trends of technological fields. He is also the Principle Investigator of a project funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation on “Assessing Singapore's Research Funding Programs For Young Global Talents: Collaboration Networks, Spillovers And Identifying Predictors Of Success.


In the past 30 years, advanced materials processing has seen unprecedented progress into new frontiers resulting in increased changes to the manufacturing sector. Traditional manufacturing as we know it has been gradually replaced by irrefutable developments such as an ever increasing reliance on modeling and simulation; materials innovation; information technology and orientation towards sustainable manufacturing. This talk will focus on the development on advanced materials using various analytical tools to better elucidate the forces that provided the drive to the demand as well as the competition among materials which determine the future directions of advanced materials research. Examples can be seen in various aspects of advanced materials including aerospace; biomaterials and automobile industries. An example is the large investments in graphene and carbon nanotubes for nanoscale applications which have the potential to fundamentally change electronics and renewable-energy applications. Past trends will be presented so that its development can be better understood from the present-day perspectives; these examples include metal matrix composites and other “hot” topics such as biomaterials; additive manufacturing and advanced surface engineering.