Mr Thomas Aditya Loho

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Thomas was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to New Zealand in 2010 for University study. He graduated with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Engineering programme in the University of Auckland in 2014. During his last year of undergraduate study, he did a summer research programme and became interested in frontier end science, especially in the field of nanomechanical characterisation technique. He then applied for the UoA Doctoral Scholarship and started his PhD studies in Chemical and Materials Engineering in August 2014. 

His research focuses on characterising the adhesion strength of ice to various surfaces, or how 'sticky' ice is to different materials. In the process of doing research, he had developed various skills in computer drawing, programming, photoshop and many more. Thomas enjoyed teaching very much and is a keen believer that communication is the most important skill anyone could have in any discipline. He's been involved in various teaching assistant roles and started lecturing as Professional Teaching Fellow in 2018.

Thomas is also very active in his local church in St. Andrew's (right next to the UoA music building), being the leader of the youth group in the church that is responsible for arranging a fellowship every Saturday night at church and various activities throughout the year.

Research | Current

The adhesion of ice to surfaces has lead to various forms of hazards and economic losses. The aim of the project is to use novel solutions to create "ice-phobic" surfaces and characterise their ice adhesion properties in the
nanoscale using nanomechanical testing instrument.

Areas of expertise

Materials Science, Nanoindentation, Nanoscratch, Ice Adhesion

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gupta, P., Fang, F., Rubanov, S., Loho, T., Koo, A., Swift, N., ... Markwitz, A. (2019). Decorative black coatings on titanium surfaces based on hard bi-layered carbon coatings synthesized by carbon implantation. Surface & Coatings Technology, 1-39. 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2018.11.060
  • Loho, T., & Dickinson, M. (2018). Development of a novel nanoscratch technique for quantitative measurement of ice adhesion strength. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 348, 012003-012003. 10.1088/1757-899X/348/1/012003
  • Weatherall, E., Loho, T., Dickinson, M., Colby, A. H., Grinstaff, M. W., & Willmott, G. R. (2017). Tunable resistive pulse sensing and nanoindentation of pH-responsive expansile nanoparticles. International Journal of Nanotechnology. 10.1504/IJNT.2017.082426
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoff Willmott
  • Chaudhary, O. J., Calius, E. P., Kennedy, J. V., Dickinson, M., Loho, T., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Poly(dimethylsiloxane) grafted with adhesive polymeric chains provide a route towards cost effective dry adhesives. European Polymer Journal, 84, 13-21. 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.08.035
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Chaudhary, O. J., Calius, E. P., Kennedy, J. V., Dickinson, M., Loho, T., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2015). Bioinspired dry adhesive: Poly(dimethylsiloxane) grafted with poly(2-ethylhexyl acrylate) brushes. European Polymer Journal, 68, 432-440. 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2015.05.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

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Primary office location

Level 1, Room 125
New Zealand

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