Dr Ren Chong LIM

renchong.lim@ubd.edu.bn

Assistant Professor, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences



                    

I work primarily in the area of material science innovations at the Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The main mission of this research centre is to support economic diversification in Brunei Darussalam through innovation and high-quality graduate-training. My two main research activities at UBD include the development of anticorrosion coatings and biofuel production using hydrothermal techniques.

To date, I have successfully supervised one PhD project on the development of photocatalytic coatings for Brunei Darussalam and one Master project on thermo-reflective polarising roof materials to increase energy efficiency of buildings. At the Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L), I teach a 14-week course on intellectual property rights and patent innovation. In addition, I teach energy-storage systems, engineering mechanics and intellectual property rights at the undergraduate level. Finally, I am involved with the UBD Entrepreneurship Village which spearheads entrepreneurship training and education at the university.

EDUCATION

DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics (University of Oxford, UK)
MRes in Photonics (Imperial College London, UK)
MSci in Physics (Imperial College London, UK)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

advanced material innovations, bionanoscience

FUTURE PROJECTS

Research and development of anticorrosion coatings

Corrosion is a widespread problem faced by all types of industries from maritime vessels to pipelines used in the oil and gas industry. In this project, novel anticorrosion coatings are developed based on zinc-rich primer technology. This is a primer technology widely used due to its low cost and ease of fabrication. The performance of these coatings are characterised using electrochemical methods. Finally, the durability of the coatings developed are tested using an environmental chamber.


Applications Invited
PhD and Master in Material Science by Research

Biofuel production using hydrothermal techniques

Hydrothermal techniques are attractive methods to produce biofuels as they can be applied to a wide range of feedstocks such as lignin-rich biomass and algae. In this project, machine-learning algorithms are deployed to improve productivity of existing techniques. These algorithms allow us to derive novel insights from the data generated using these techniques. Continuous system adaptation can be automated if the insights are implemented in real-time. Finally, the quality of the biofuels produced are characterised using mass chromatography.


Applications Invited
PhD and Master in Energy Studies by Research
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Scopus Publications

157

Google Scholar Citations

4

Google Scholar h-index

2

Google Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

YFC Chau, CTC Chao, HJ Huang, RC Lim, HP Chiang (2019) Tunable plasmonic effects arising from metal–dielectric nanorods. Applied Optics 58(10), 2530-2539

NNB Rosli, LC Ming, AH Mahadi, S Wattanasiriwech, RC Lim and NTRN Kumara (2018) Ruthenium dye (N3) removal from simulated wastewater using bamboo charcoal and activated bamboo charcoal. Key Engineering Materials 765, 92-98

YFC Chau, CTC Chao, JY Rao, HP Chiang, CM Lim, RC Lim, and NY Voo (2016) Tunable optical performances on a periodic array of plasmonic bowtie nanoantennas with hollow cavities. Nanoscale Research Letters 11(1), 411

MJ Tipping, NJ Delalez, R Lim, RM Berry, and JP Armitage (2013) Load-dependent assembly of the bacterial flagellar motor. MBio 4(4), e00551-13

C Macías-Romero, R Lim, MR Foreman, and P Torok (2011) Synthesis of structured partially spatially coherent beams. Optics Letters 36(9), 1638-1640

TOP PUBLICATIONS

NNB Rosli, LC Ming, AH Mahadi, S Wattanasiriwech, RC Lim and NTRN Kumara (2018) Ruthenium dye (N3) removal from simulated wastewater using bamboo charcoal and activated bamboo charcoal. Key Engineering Materials 765, 92-98

MJ Tipping, NJ Delalez, R Lim, RM Berry, and JP Armitage (2013) Load-dependent assembly of the bacterial flagellar motor. MBio 4(4), e00551-13

YFC Chau, CTC Chao, JY Rao, HP Chiang, CM Lim, RC Lim, and NY Voo (2016) Tunable optical performances on a periodic array of plasmonic bowtie nanoantennas with hollow cavities. Nanoscale Research Letters 11(1), 411

C Macías-Romero, R Lim, MR Foreman, and P Torok (2011) Synthesis of structured partially spatially coherent beams. Optics Letters 36(9), 1638-1640

YFC Chau, CTC Chao, HJ Huang, RC Lim, HP Chiang (2019) Tunable plasmonic effects arising from metal–dielectric nanorods. Applied Optics 58(10), 2530-2539

GRANT DETAILS

Biomass Treatment using Hydrothermal System for Sustainable Energy Application
Reference No: UBD/RSCH/URC/RG(b)/2019/013
Grant Amount: BND133,080.00
co-Principal Investigator
12th November 2019 – 11th November 2021

Machine Learning-Aided Product-Development of Nation-Based Coatings
Reference No: UBD/RSCH/1.1/RG/2018/001
Grant Amount: BND 29,850.00
Principal Investigator
15th February 2018 - 14th November 2019

CONSULTANCY

Yes - please get in touch for more details: renchong.lim@ubd.edu.bn

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM), National University of Singapore

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Sustainability consultancy for Unilever (3 weeks) - deriving insights and extracting value from an industrial IoT platform.

SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Human-capacity development and intellectual property management