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Dr Suhaila Mohd Sanip PhD

Head of Research and Director of Engineering Foundation Year, Associate Professor

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Associate Professor Dr Suhaila Mohd Sanip is the Director of Education and Research Services at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus. Her research interest is in carbon nanomaterials for energy applications.

I believe that carbon nanomaterials will spur the development towards the future of renewable energy

Suhaila spent her early years away from home to study in a prestigious boarding school in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. She was later awarded a scholarship to do her A-Levels in Sunderland and continued to earn a degree in Polymer Science and Technology from the University of Manchester (UMIST) Institute of Science and Technology, UK.

She has spent more than 10 years in the UK including a short working stint as a researcher at the Malaysian Rubber Producer’s Research Association Laboratory in Hertford, UK upon graduating from UMIST.

Suhaila was awarded an opportunity to enrich her knowledge in the field of Material Science by the Japan Society for The Promotion of Science through the RONPAKU Program in 2007. She travelled to Nagoya, Japan every year and at the end of 2010, she completed her Phd in Engineering (Nanotechnology).

Her years as a Researcher in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia helped her to publish her research articles in international journals. She was later appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering in UTM upon obtaining her Phd.

Suhaila is a key part of the team to establish our Malaysia Campus. Born and raised in Johor, she is excited to be part of the new growth in the Iskandar Region.

Research interests

1. Carbon Nanotubes for Energy Applications

2. Graphene in Organic Solar Cells

Research-based PhD and Masters positions are available for work to be done in related area. The scope and focus of the project offered will be defined based on the applicant's academic background and research interest.

Interested applicants should have a background in any of the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (any discipline)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Research projects

1. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)

Characterisation and Transport Properties of Functionalised Carbon Nanotubes Polymer Composites

Despite their excellent properties, CNTs have also found to be chemically stable but unfortunately tend to agglomerate due to the strong inter-tube van der Waals forces and their high surface energy as a result of the curvature of the thin nanotubes. This has hindered many useful applications especially in the biological and chemical areas due to the inherent solubility and difficult modifications of CNTs in most organic and aqueous solvents. As a result, extensive research has now focussed upon modification, pretreatment or functionalisation as a means to improve solubility of the CNTs and their ability to mix well in most organic substance. The functionalisation of CNTs is an effective method to better disperse and stabilise CNTs within a polymer matrix. A few of the common approaches to fucntionalisation are defect functionalisation, covalent functionalisation and noncovalent functionalisation. Noncovalent functionalisation by functional polymers, surfactants and large organic molecules have shown to be a promising technique to improve solubility and compatibilty of CNTs in organic solvents. The advantage of this method is that the structure and original properties of the CNTs remain unchanged after modification. Noncovalent functionalisation helps to improve the solubility and processibility of the polymer matrix with the addition of CNTs which is partly due to the presence of functional groups

2. Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS)

Thin Film Transparent Graphene Electrode for Organic Solar Cell (OSC)

Silicon based solar cell technology has been established as the main source in PV solar cells. The solar cell efficiencies vary from 8 to 29%. Though the silicon based efficiency is high, use of silicon technology has major drawbacks; with high production costs and suffers a decrease in performance under illumination, thereby limiting lifetime, durability and stability. Therefore new material such as 1D and 2D graphene has shown potential as the emerging technology for electrodes in organic solar cells. The use of thin film technology in graphene is expected to revolutionise the manufacturing process by a reduction in cost as the layers become much thinner and less purification processes will be required. The organic solar cells (OSCs) fabricated using thin film graphene is expected to show a power conversion efficiency of more than 70% (1.18 to 3.98 %) indicating that graphene indium-free transparent electrode is a potential substitute for the conventional indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode for use in cost-efficient OSCs

The need for electrically conducting transparent electrodes is rising steadily with the advent of LCD displays and touch screens and the high intrinsic electron mobility in graphene makes promising candidates for replacing ITO for such applications. Current bottlenecks concern their availability and purity in sufficient quantities, and the formulation of inks for their deposition using solution-based techniques. The fabrication of electrodes and properties of thin film graphene electrodes will be the focus in this work for use in OSC applications.

 

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Journal

Shamsudin, M.S., Sanip, S.M. (2015) A review on the two-dimensional graphene exploited in organic solar cells applications. Advanced Materials Research, 1109, 514-518. (doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.1109.514)

Shamsudin, M.S., Sanip, S.M. (2015) A review on graphene evidenced by raman spectroscopy. Advanced Materials Research, 1109, 509-513. (doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.1109.509)

Shamsudin, M.S., Fishlock, S.J., Ahmad, R., Rusop, M., Sanip, S.M., Pu, S.H. (2014) Fundamentals of two-dimensional crystallographic carbon form and its future directions: A review. Advanced Materials Research, 832, 292-297. (doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.832.292)

Ahmad, RE., Shamsudin, M.S., Salina, M., Sanip, S.M., Rusop, M., Awang, Z. (2014) Characterization of MgZnO thin film for 1 GHz applications. Advanced Materials Research, 832, 310-315. (doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.832.310)

Ahmad, R., Shamsudin, M.S., Sahdan, M.Z., Rusop, M., Sanip, S.M. (2014) Green and economic transparent conductive graphene electrode for organic solar cell: A short review. Advanced Materials Research, 832, 316-321. (doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.832.316)

 

Book Chapter

R. Ahmad, M.S. Shamsudin, Mohd Zainizan Sahdan, M. Rusop, S.M. Sanip (2015) Green and economic transparent conductive graphene electrode for organic solar cell: a short review. Solar Cells: Research and Development Of Solar Cells, 1, 2214-2219. ISBN: 978-3-03835-900-5.

R. Ahmad, M.S. Shamsudin, Mohd Zainizan Sahdan, M. Rusop, S.M. Sanip (2015) Green and economic transparent conductive graphene electrode for organic solar cell: a short review. Graphene, 3, 2264-2266. ISBN: 978-3-03835-902-9.

 

 

SESM1015 Professional Engineering & Functional Material
1. Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)

Characterisation and Transport Properties of Functionalised Carbon Nanotubes Polymer Composites

Despite their excellent properties, CNTs have also found to be chemically stable but unfortunately tend to agglomerate due to the strong inter-tube van der Waals forces and their high surface energy as a result of the curvature of the thin nanotubes. This has hindered many useful applications especially in the biological and chemical areas due to the inherent solubility and difficult modifications of CNTs in most organic and aqueous solvents. As a result, extensive research has now focussed upon modification, pretreatment or functionalisation as a means to improve solubility of the CNTs and their ability to mix well in most organic substance. The functionalisation of CNTs is an effective method to better disperse and stabilise CNTs within a polymer matrix. A few of the common approaches to fucntionalisation are defect functionalisation, covalent functionalisation and noncovalent functionalisation. Noncovalent functionalisation by functional polymers, surfactants and large organic molecules have shown to be a promising technique to improve solubility and compatibilty of CNTs in organic solvents. The advantage of this method is that the structure and original properties of the CNTs remain unchanged after modification. Noncovalent functionalisation helps to improve the solubility and processibility of the polymer matrix with the addition of CNTs which is partly due to the presence of functional groups

2. Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS)

Thin Film Transparent Graphene Electrode for Organic Solar Cell (OSC)

Silicon based solar cell technology has been established as the main source in PV solar cells. The solar cell efficiencies vary from 8 to 29%. Though the silicon based efficiency is high, use of silicon technology has major drawbacks; with high production costs and suffers a decrease in performance under illumination, thereby limiting lifetime, durability and stability. Therefore new material such as 1D and 2D graphene has shown potential as the emerging technology for electrodes in organic solar cells. The use of thin film technology in graphene is expected to revolutionise the manufacturing process by a reduction in cost as the layers become much thinner and less purification processes will be required. The organic solar cells (OSCs) fabricated using thin film graphene is expected to show a power conversion efficiency of more than 70% (1.18 to 3.98 %) indicating that graphene indium-free transparent electrode is a potential substitute for the conventional indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode for use in cost-efficient OSCs.

The need for electrically conducting transparent electrodes is rising steadily with the advent of LCD displays and touch screens and the high intrinsic electron mobility in graphene makes promising candidates for replacing ITO for such applications. Current bottlenecks concern their availability and purity in sufficient quantities, and the formulation of inks for their deposition using solution-based techniques. The fabrication of electrodes and properties of thin film graphene electrodes will be the focus in this work for use in OSC applications.

 

Dr Suhaila Mohd Sanip
No. 3, Persiaran Canselor 1,
Kota Ilmu EduCity,
79200 Iskandar Puteri, Johor,
Malaysia

Room Number: 193 USMC/4027

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