Mr Thomas Loho

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

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 was given to responsibility to lecture a summer school course in 2017. 

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.

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant in CHEMMAT121SS 2017

Teaching Assistant in ENGGEN140, CHEMMAT121, CHEMMAT221, and CHEMMAT213

Areas of expertise

Materials Science, Nanoindentation, Ice Adhesion

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Grinstaff, M. W., Willmott, G. R., Colby, A. H., Dickinson, M., Loho, T., & Weatherall, E. (2017). Tunable resistive pulse sensing and nanoindentation of pH-responsive expansile nanoparticles. International Journal of Nanotechnology, 14 (1/2/3/4/5/6), 1-1. 10.1504/IJNT.2017.10000603
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michelle Dickinson, Geoff Willmott
  • 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, Michelle Dickinson
  • 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, Michelle Dickinson
  • 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, Michelle Dickinson

Contact details

Primary location

OLD CHORAL HALL - Bldg 104
Level 1, Room 125
7 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand