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Albert Tshai

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering



Albert Tshai is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council UK and a corporate member (MIMechE) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers UK. He is also a registered Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy UK. In the professional engineering community, Albert has previously held position as Young Member Chair, Honorary Treasurer and Committee member of the IMechE Malaysia Branch.

At the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), Albert is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. He is the departmental examination officer and Head of Polymer Composites Research Group in the university.

In higher education, Albert completed the qualification of the Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE) from the University of Nottingham. In the engineering discipline, Albert obtained both his PhD in Engineering and MSc (with distinction) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering degrees from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Preceding to his higher degrees from UK, Albert graduated with Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from University College Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Prior to joining UNMC, Albert has held ​position as Engineering Project Leader in Danone, Evian, France, served as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in Queen's University Belfast, UK, and an Assistant Professor post in University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Albert has extensive knowledge in the field of polymer forming processes, plastic and composite materials. In collaboration with Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), A. Routsis Associates Inc. US and DreamCatcher Asia, Albert has delivered specialist professional training in plastic injection moulding and extrusion blow moulding to key manufacturers and industrial players in Malaysia.

His research interests include injection moulding, thermoforming, blow moulding, extrusion, constitutive materials modelling, process optimisation of highly nonlinear polymeric systems, natural and synthetic polymer / biopolymer composites, nanocomposites, characterization of structure-property-process relationships in processed polymers, oil & gas pipelines rehabilitation and Six Sigma implementation in the IT industries.

Expertise Summary

  • Electrospinning of Nanofibrous Scaffold
  • Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Thermoforming, Extrusion
  • Constitutive Materials Modeling
  • Non-linear FEA, Process Modeling and Optimizations
  • Natural Fiber Reinforced Composites, Nanocomposites, Biodegradable Polymers and Biocomposites
  • Advanced Composite Rehabilitation System for Off-Shore Pipe Riser
  • Lean and Six Sigma Project Management

Teaching Summary

Convenor (current)

  • Polymer Engineering (a level 3 and 4 course)
  • Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering (a level 3 and 4 course)

Convenor (Past)

  • Stress Analysis Techniques (a level 3 and 4 course)
  • Mechanics of Solids 1 (a level 1 course)
  • Design and Manufacture 1 (a level 1 course)

Design tutor

  • Creo/Pro|Engineer (CAD, Mechanism and Mechanica)

Research Summary

  • Biomaterial nanofibrous scaffold for biomedical, cell culture and drug delivery applications
  • Processing, characterization, modeling and simulation of highly nonlinear polymeric systems
  • Thermoplastic and thermosetting composites/nanocomposites
  • Biodegradable polymers/polymer-composites
  • Flame retardance natural fiber reinforced composites
  • In-situ composite rehabilitation system for off-shore riser
  • Six Sigma in IT industries
  • Lean manufacturing




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Selected Publications

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