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Marwan Nafea

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Marwan Nafea, PhD, MEng, BEng (Hons), FHEA, GradEng, GradIEM, GradTech, MIET, SMIEEE, MIAENG, MICSES

Dr. Marwan Nafea received his BEng (Hons) degree in Electronic Engineering from Sebha University, Brak, Libya, in 2010, and MEng and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai, Malaysia, in 2013 and 2018, respectively. He served as a Researcher and Software Developer in the Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, UTM, Skudai, Malaysia from July 2017 to October 2018. He also served as a Researcher in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UTM, Skudai, Malaysia from May to December 2018. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. He held different administrative positions related to accreditation, educational quality assurance, workload performance, infrastructure, and others. He was recognized as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), UK in June 2020. He was then recognized as an FHEA, UK in December 2021. He is currently a director of the 4D Printing Society. He also served on the editorial board of several journals and as an editor of a book on sensors. He is an invited reviewer for more than 70 journals and various conferences. His research interests are in the areas of 4D printing, MEMS, microfabrication technologies, wireless microfluidic devices, microactuators, modeling & control, optimization, and biosignals.

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Editorial Memberships

  1. Guest Editor in the Focus on Metamaterials in Robotics and Intelligent Structures, Materials Research Express, IOP.
  2. Guest Associate Editor in Frontiers in Materials.
  3. Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Micro- and Nanoelectromechanical Systems, Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering.
  4. Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Advances in Applied Sciences.
  5. Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Reconfigurable and Embedded Systems.
  6. Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Applied Power Engineering.

Latest Grants and Funds

  1. Development of Piezoelectric Enabled Nanocomposite Integrated Microfluidic Platform for Self-Powered Devices, India ASEAN Collaborative R&D (CRD/2022/000577), The Ministry of External Affairs (India), The Department of Science & Technology, Bhanu Prakash, Marwan Nafea, and Liezel Estrella Pajulas, Rs3,531,152 (RM200,000), 22/03/2024 - 21/03/2026, Role: Principal Investigator (Malaysia).
  2. Development of 4D-Printed Self-Sensing Shape Memory Polymers Grippers for Delicate Objects Handling, PETRONAS-Academia Collaboration Dialogue 2023, PETRONAS Research Sdn. Bhd. (PRSB), RM168,446, 01/03/2024 - 28/02/2025. Role: Leader.
  3. Analysis of Multi-Way Non-Manual Shape Programming of Single-Material 4D-Printed Microactuators Using Heat-Rate-Dependent Activation, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2023/TK09/UNIM/02/4), The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, RM110,647, 02/10/2023 - 01/10/2026. Role: Leader.
  4. Bismuth Substitution in Hybrid Halide Perovskites for A High Performance Thermoelectric Material, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2023/TK07/UTM/02/11), The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, Leader: Mohamed Sultan Mohamed Ali, RM 182,000, 02/10/2023 - 01/10/2026. Role: Member.
  5. Innovation Fund, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, RM7,500, March 2023. Role: Self.
  6. 4D Printing (4DP), FOSE Research Team, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, RM10,000, August 2022. Role: Team leader.
  7. Drones and Robotics (DaRs), FOSE Research Team, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, RM10,000, August 2022. Leader: Haider Abbas Almurib, Role: Member.
  8. FOSE Small Equipment Fund, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, RM8,841, October 2022. Role: Leader.
  9. FOSE PDPR Exceeded Expectation List, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, RM2,000, April 2022. Role: Self.
  10. Vehicle-in-the-Loop Safety Testing Platform for Autonomous Vehicle Using Malaysian Road and Traffic Environment, The YTI Professorial Chair Programme (YTIPCP) Grant (PNB/ED/2021/SYTI/EXTERNAL/CMCO (66)), Permodalan Nasional Berhad, RM265700, 3/5/2021 - 28/4/2023, Leader: Vimal Rau Aparow, Role: Co-Principal Researcher.
  11. A Study and Analysis of Shape Programming of a 4D-Printed Implantable Shape Memory Polymer Microactuator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2019/TK05/UNIM/02/2), The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, RM64,200, 01/09/2019 - 31/05/2022, Role: Leader.

Patents and Copyrights

  1. Y. S. Alshebly, and M. Nafea, "Effects of Printing Parameters on the Bending Angle of 4D Printed PLA Actuators", Copyright University of Nottingham Malaysia, LY2022W05131, pending.
  2. M. Nafea, and M. S. Mohamed Ali, "A Wirelessly Powered Microfluidic Device," Malaysia Patent, MY-199057-A, 11 October 2023.
  3. Y. S. Alshebly, and M. Nafea, "PSO-Based Tuning of Discrete Wavelet Transform for FECG Extraction from a Single AECG," Copyright University of Nottingham Malaysia, LY2020001207, 2020.
  4. Y. S. Alshebly, and M. Nafea, "Automated PSO-Based Tuning of Stationary Wavelet Transform for FECG Extraction from a Single AECG," Copyright University of Nottingham Malaysia, LY2020001208, 2020.
  5. M. Nafea, F. K. Che Harun, A. A. Badrul Hisham, and N. A. Abdul-Kadir, "Brainwave-Controlled for Smart Home System Application," Copyright Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, LY2019008982, 2020.
  6. A. A. Badrul Hisham, M. Nafea, M. H. I. Ishak, and M. S. Zainal Abidin, "A Method to Calculate the Degree of Angle for Simple Curve Intended for Curving Line," Copyright Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, LY2018006265, 2019.
  7. A. A. Badrul Hisham, M. Nafea, A. B. Aujih, M. H. I. Ishak, and M. S. Zainal Abidin, "A Method to Calculate Parameters Value and Evaluation of Human Driving Skill Index for Human Adaptive Mechatronics Applications," Copyright Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, LY2018003911, 2019.
  8. M. S. Mohamed Ali, Z. Mohamed, and M. Nafea, "Parameters Optimization for a PID Type Controller Using Particle Swarm Optimization Technique," Copyright Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM.J.14.01/27.13/JLD81(8), 2015.

Awards and Recognition

  1. Rewards & Recognition Award 2023 Phase 2, University of Nottingham Malaysia, 19 December 2023.
  2. Outstanding Reviewer for Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering, American Institute of Physics (AIP), 8 March 2023.
  3. Faculty of Science and Engineering (FOSE) Personal Development & Performance Review (PDPR) Exceed Expectation List, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2022.
  4. Faculty of Science and Engineering (FOSE) Research and Knowledge Exchange Award, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2022.
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering (FOSE) Personal Development & Performance Review (PDPR) Exceed Expectation List, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2021.
  6. Faculty of Science and Engineering (FOSE) Research Excellence Award, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2021.
  7. Research Excellence Award, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2021.
  8. Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2021.
  9. Best Presentation Award for the paper entitled: "Development of 4D Printed PLA Actuators", International Conference on Electronics, Instrumentation and Devices (ICEID), Johor, Malaysia, 24 June 2021.
  10. Featured article (Isolation of Fetal ECG Signals from Abdominal ECG Using Wavelet Analysis) in the Editorial of IRBM Journal, IRBM: Trends for 2021, 1 February 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irbm.2021.01.005.
  11. Featured article (MEMS Actuators for Biomedical Applications: A Review) in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering: Highlights of 2021. https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/0960-1317/page/highlights-of-2020.
  12. Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 2020.
  13. Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 9 December 2019.
  14. Bronze Research Award, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, 9 December 2019.
  15. Best Paper Award for the paper entitled "Hybrid PSO-Tuned PID and Hysteresis-Observer Based Control for Piezoelectric Micropositioning Stages", In the International Conference on Smart Instrumentation, Measurement and Application 2019 (ICSIMA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 August 2019.
  16. Best Presentation Award for the paper entitled "Hybrid PSO-Tuned PID and Hysteresis-Observer Based Control for Piezoelectric Micropositioning Stages", In the International Conference on Smart Instrumentation, Measurement and Application 2019 (ICSIMA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 August 2019.
  17. Best Paper Award in Biosignal Analysis and Processing II Session for the paper entitled "Brainwave-Controlled System for Smart Home Applications", In the 2018 International Conference on BioSignal Analysis, Processing and Systems (ICBAPS), Sarawak, Malaysia, 25 July 2018.
  18. Gold Medal in Research Exhibition & Competition "Brainwave-Controlled System for Smart Home Applications" in FBME International Innovation Day 2018, Faculty of Bioscience & Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia, 18 April 2018.
  19. Best Presentation Award in Control Theory and Applications Track for the paper entitled "A Hybrid Control Approach for Precise Positioning of a Piezo-Actuated Stage", In the 2014 14th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 22-25 October 2014.
  20. Best Presentation Award (Overall - Faculty of Electrical Engineering) of the 4th Electrical Engineering Research Colloquium (EERC 2013), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 24 December 2013.
  21. Best Presentation Award (Control Category) of the 4th Electrical Engineering Research Colloquium (EERC 2013), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 24 December 2013.
  22. Silver Medal for the Invention/Innovation "Control of Shape-Memory-Alloy Actuators Using Field Frequency Modulation for Microfluidic Application", at the 15th Industrial Art and Technology Exhibition (INATEX 2013), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 4 October 2013.
  23. Bronze Medal for the Invention/Innovation "Frequency-Controlled Wireless Shape-Memory-Alloy Microgripper", at the 15th Industrial Art and Technology Exhibition (INATEX 2013), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 4 October 2013.

News and Media Coverage

New Drug Delivery Systems Findings from University of Technology Reported (A wirelessly-controlled piezoelectric microvalve for regulated drug delivery), Pharmacy Choice News, 5 October 2018.

Administrative Tasks:

  1. Accreditation Team Member, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, July 2022.
  2. Faculty Educational Quality Assurance Committee (FEQA), University of Nottingham Malaysia, August 2021.
  3. Faculty Infrastructure Committee Member, University of Nottingham Malaysia, November 2020 - July 2022.
  4. Workload Planner, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, August 2020 - July 2022.
  5. Year 1 Progress Test Coordinator, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, September 2019.
  6. Faculty of Science and Engineering Information Technology Committee, University of Nottingham Malaysia, February 2019.
  7. Faculty of Science and Engineering Accreditation & External Partnerships Committee Member, Engineering Programmes Accreditation, University of Nottingham Malaysia, January 2019 - July 2021.
  8. Faculty of Science and Engineering Accreditation & External Partnerships Committee Member, Outcome Based Education, University of Nottingham Malaysia, January 2019 - July 2021.
  9. Accreditation Officer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, January 2019 - July 2022.
  10. Teaching Assistants' Duties Coordinator, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia, January 2019 - September 2021.

Teaching Summary

Current Modules:

  1. Contemporary Engineering Themes A (EEEE1043)
  2. Electrical Energy Conditioning and Control (EEEE2049)
  3. Electronic Processing and Communications (EEEE2050)
  4. Electronic Processing Robotics (EEEE2053)
  5. Power Electronic Applications and Control (EEEE3112)
  6. Control Systems and System Dynamics (EEEE3120)
  7. Advanced Control System Design (EEEE4064)

Past Modules:

  1. Computer Aided Engineering (EEEE1026)
  2. Contemporary Engineering Themes (EEEE2048)
  3. Web Based Computing (EEEE3029)
  4. Project in Digital Signal Processing (EEEE4063)

Research Summary

MEMS 4D printing Wireless microfluidic devices Piezoelectric actuators Shape memory alloys Soft actuators Dielectric elastomers Silicon wafers machining using… read more

Selected Publications

PhD Students

  1. Abdul Kader Al Quwatli1, Project: Non-Isolated GaN-Based Photovoltaic Microinverter, 2024 - present.
  2. Kai Feng Bong, Project: Analysis of Multi-Way Non-Manual Shape Programming of Single-Material 4D-Printed Microactuators Using Heat-Rate-Dependent Activation, 2023 - present.
  3. Edy Jr. Tenorio Pascual2 - Project: Combining Keyword Spotting (KWS) on Edge with Faster R-CNN based Object Detection for Accident Detection, 2021 - present.
  4. Yousif Saad Alshebly - Project: Development of 4D-Printed Shape Memory Polymer Actuators for Induced-Strain Shape Change, 2020 - 2023.
  5. Denesh Sooriamoorthy - Project: Development of a Medical System to Indicate the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, 2019 - 2022.

Research Associates/Assistants

  1. Muhammad Syamir Abu Bakar - Role: Research Associate - Project: Development of 4D-Printed Self-Sensing Shape Memory Polymers Grippers for Delicate Objects Handling, 2024 - 2025.
  2. Yong Ching Lee - Role: Research Assistant - Project: Printing Parameters Effect on the Actuation Performance of 4D Printed PLA Actuators, 2022.

MSc Students

  1. Shanmili Murugan - Project: Simulation of On-Grid and Off-Grid PV Systems in Shah Alam Using PVsyst, 2022.
  2. Amr Ashraf Adel Abdulrahman - Project: Design and Simulation of Wireless Power Transfer Systems for Biomedical Applications, 2021.
  3. Yousif Saad Alshebly - Project: Extraction of Fetal ECG from a Single Abdominal ECG Electrode, 2019.

MEng Students

  1. Derek Xin Hee Cheen - Project: Development of Multi-Way Conductive 4D-Printed Actuators, 2023 - 2024.
  2. Kean Meng Tee - Project: Development of Magnetic 4D-Printed Actuators, 2023 - 2024.
  3. Zhi Zhang Koh - Project: Development of 4D-Printed Actuators using Generative AI, 2023 - 2024.
  4. Yu Liang Gan - Project: Feedback Control of a Laboratory-Scaled Overhead Crane, 2023 - 2024.
  5. Jia Long Chong - Project: Development of Printing-Parameters-Based Two-Way 4D Printed Microgrippers, 2022 - 2023.
  6. Jian Ming Lee - Project: Development of Self-Sensing 4D Printed Actuators, 2022 - 2023.
  7. Jie Wei Chee - Project: Modelling and Control of a Laboratory-Scaled Overhead Crane, 2022 - 2023.
  8. Kenji Zhong Qian Eu - Project: Development of Bioinspired Self-Morphing 4D Printed Structures, 2022 - 2023.
  9. Kuan Wei Kai - Project: Printing-Parameters-Based Development of 4D Printed Origami Structures, 2022 - 2023.
  10. Man Qi Goi - Project: Development of 4D Printed Large-Stroke Microgrippers, 2021 - 2022.
  11. Wai Seong Siew - Project: Development of Pneumatic PDMS Actuators for Flexible Microsurgical Tools Applications, 2021 - 2022.
  12. Wei Han Lee - Project: Development of 4D Printed Variable Stiffness Actuators, 2021 - 2022.
  13. Yong Ching Lee - Project: Development of 4D-printed Dual-Way Shape Memory Polymer and Conductive Shape Memory Polymer Microactuators, 2021 - 2022.
  14. Cheah Dik Son - Project: Development of 4D-Printed Shape Memory Polymer Microstages, 2020 - 2021.
  15. Minoru Dhananjaya Jayakody Arachchige - Project: Development of a Brainwave-Controlled System for a Smart Home, 2020 - 2021.
  16. Rebecca Lew Jia Lin - Project: Development of PDMS-Based Flexible Electronics Circuits, 2020 - 2021.
  17. Ka Jun Tong - Project: Development of a 4D-Printed Shape Memory Polymer Microgripper, 2020 - 2021.
  18. Li Jia Ho - Project: Development of a Thermopneumatic Micropump for Biomedical Applications, 2019 - 2020.
  19. Wan Qi Fong - Project: Development of a Pneumatic Soft Actuator for Flexible Microsurgical Tools, 2019 - 2020.

BEng Students

  1. Kelly Ng Man Yie - Project: Development of an EMG-Controlled Soft Robotic Glove for Hand Rehabilitation, 2023 - 2024.
  2. Enrico Adriel Soehardjianto - Project: Development of 4D Printed Microgripper with Two-Way Actuation, 2022 - 2023.
  3. Omar Rassem - Project: Semi-BCI Smart Chat Application, 2021 - 2022.
  4. Aishath Dhana Latheef - Project: Development of a Pneumatic Soft Actuator for Flexible Microsurgical Tools Applications, 2020 - 2021.
  5. Tumboimbela Theodore - Project: Development of Thermopneumatic Micropumps for Drug Delivery Applications, 2020 - 2021.
  6. Koh Tzi Gang3 - Project: Wearable Electronics Tracker for Elderly and Children, 2020.
  7. Josephine Gloria Goh Ling Ling - Project: Optimization of Wireless Power Transfer for Biomedical Applications, 2019 - 2020.
  8. Shadir Ahamed Mohamed Rifai - Project: Dynamic Modeling and Control of Piezoelectric Stack Actuators for Micropositioning Applications, 2019 - 2020.
  9. Amr Ashraf Adel Abdulrahman - Project: Using Blockchain in CFF Processes, 2019.
  10. Ng Ji Yang - Project: Design, Build, and Test a Solar Charging Circuit for a Super-Capacitor Bank to Power an Irrigation System, 2019.
  11. Shanmili Murugan - Project: Design, Simulate, Fabricate and Test a Precision Voltage-Controlled Oscillator, 2019.

Undergraduate Group Projects Students

  1. Joel Jian Wei, Jun Yu Koh, Kean Meng Tee, Tan Gary ShengJie, and Wei Leong Wong - Project: Development of an EMG-Controlled Pneumatic Glove for Hand Rehabilitation, 2022 -2023.
  2. Jian Ming Lee, Jie Wei Chee, Joel Zi Xu Wong, and Li Yang Foong - Project: Development of 4D Printed Origami Structures, 2021 - 2022.
  3. Abdelrahman Ashraf Ramadan Elazazy Hagag, Ahmed Hani Hassan Kamel Mohamed, Shehab Salah Elsayed Abdelhalim, Youssef Yasser Galal Elsayed Ahmed, and Zeyad Sameh Ahmed Ramadan Elreedy - Project: Modelling and Control of an Overhead Crane, 2021 - 2022.
  4. Chun Yue Chu, Iddhima Hui Yi Chong, Jin Cheng Leong, and Wai Seong Siew - Project: Development of a PDMS-Based Pneumatic Soft Exoskeleton for Hand Assistive and Rehabilitation Applications, 2020 - 2021.
  5. Jia Yan Chang, Jun Wei Soo, Yeu Fung Leong, and Xing Yik Wong - Project: Brainwave-Controlled System for a Smart Home, 2019 - 2020.

Internship Students

  1. Arfan Danial Zainal Abidin - Project: Fruit Identification Using E-Nose, 2022.
  2. Jia Yu Law - Project: Fruit Classification Using E-Nose, 2022.
  3. Kunal Shankar (Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India) - Project: Power Flow Optimization Using Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm, 2022.
  4. Tanvir Suresh - Project: Modelling COVID-19 Cases in ASEAN Countries Using a PSO-Tuned SIRD Model, 2021.
  5. Zeyad Sameh Ahmed Ramadan Elreedy - Project: An Arduino-Based Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller for a Ball and Beam System, 2021.
  6. Mohammad Abdulkarim Abdallah - Project: Particle Swarm Optimization Applications in Modeling, Control, and COVID-19 Forecasting, 2020.

1 Co-supervised with Dr. Freddy Tan Kheng Suan.

2 Co-supervised with Dr. Hermawan Nugroho.

3 Co-supervised with Dr. Michelle T. T. Tan.

Current Research

  1. MEMS
  2. 4D printing
  3. Wireless microfluidic devices
  4. Piezoelectric actuators
  5. Shape memory alloys
  6. Soft actuators
  7. Dielectric elastomers
  8. Silicon wafers machining using µEDM
  9. EEG-controlled systems
  10. ECG & FECG analysis

Past Research

  1. Particle swarm optimization
  2. Optimal control
  3. Driving simulators

Future Research

  1. Renewable energy
  2. Power distribution optimization

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