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Zuruzi Abu Samah

Senior Lecturer

Research Areas:
Material Science

Zuruzi (Zu) Abu Samah studied materials for his undergraduate degree at Nanyang Technological University. Upon graduation in 1997, he joined the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering as a junior staff to pursue his interest in materials research. Zuruzi earned the doctoral degree at the Materials Department of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2005 for work on integration of nanostructured titania and, with collaborators in the physics and chemistry departments, demonstrated applications in sensing and bioMEMS devices. At UCSB, Zu was a teaching assistant for undergraduate classes in materials and microsystems fabrication, and mentored undergraduate students in research projects. Zu did his post-doctoral training at Agilent Laboratories, Palo Alto, and later joined Intel, Phoenix to work on materials in electronics manufacturing.

Zuruzi enjoys working with students and has been teaching for more than 8 years. His research program encourages active participation of student researchers. A number of these students have won local and international competitions such as the Platinum medal (Senior Category) at the Singapore Chemical Science Fair, Second Prize (US$10 K) at the Clean Tech Challenge, New York as well as the ultra-competitive “Research & Development Award” at the West Zone Center of Excellence Students’ Science Symposium. He served in the Institution of Engineers Singapore and holds a Senior Member grade.

Zuruzi is married to Wati. He enjoys reading, listening to music and watching his kids grow up.

Awards and Honours

  • West Zone Center of Excellence Students’ Science Symposium, Research & Development Award (Student Project Advisor), 2014
  • Second Prize, Clean Tech Challenge, Center for Science Teaching & Learning (USA) (Student Project Advisor), 2014
  • Platinum Medal (Senior Category), Singapore Chemical Science Fair-2 (Student Project Advisor), 2008
  • Graduate Student Award (Silver), Materials Research Society (USA), 2004
  • International Fellowship, National Science Scholarship Program, A*STAR, 2002-2004
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, Materials Department, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2001-2005
  • Regents Scholarship, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2000-2001

Research Interests

  • Materials for catalysis, chemical and mechanical sensing, energy, environmental and healthcare applications
  • Materials and fabrication technologies for microsystems
  • Engineering education

Representative Journal Publications

  • Zuruzi, A. S., Siow, K. S., Electrical conductivity of porous silver made from sintered nanoparticles, Electronic Materials Letters, Accepted for publication.
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Nurmawati, M. H., Yeo, Y. H., Wu, S. X., Lai, P. C. H. and Chen, Z., A simple strategy to incorporate Pt into TiO2 nanosponges via wet oxidation of multilayered films, RSC Advances, 2013, 3, 19971
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Gardner , H. C., Monkowski, A. J., and MacDonald, N. C., Tailored nanostructured titania integrated on titanium micropillars with outstanding wicking properties, Lab on a Chip, 2013, 13, 2414-2418
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Yeo, Y. H., Monkowski, A. J., Ding, C. S. and MacDonald, N. C., Superhydrophilicity on microstructured titanium surfaces via a superficial titania layer with interconnected nanoscale pores, Nanotechnology, 2013, 24, 245304
  • Zuruzi, A. S., MacDonald, N. C., Moskovits, M. and Kolmakov, A., Metal oxide “nanosponges” as chemical sensors: Highly sensitive detection of hydrogen with nanosponge titania, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2007, 46, 4298-4301
  • Zuruzi, A. S. and MacDonald, N. C., Facile fabrication and integration of patterned nanostructured titania for microsystems applications, Advanced Functional Materials, 2005, 15, 396-402
  • Bouxsein, N. F., Hirst, L. S., Li, Y. L., Safinya, C. R., Zuruzi, A. S., MacDonald, N. C. and Pynn, R., Alignment of filamentous proteins and associated molecules through confinement in microchannels, Applied Physics Letters, 2004, 85, 5775-5777
  • Chi, D. Z., Mangelinck, D., Zuruzi, A. S., Wong, A. S. W. and Lahiri, S. K., Nickel silicide as a contact materials for sub-micron CMOS devices, Journal of Electronic Materials, 2001, 30, 1483-1488
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Chiu, C. H., Lahiri, S. K. and Tu, K. N., Roughness evolution of Cu6Sn5 intermetallic during soldering, Journal of Applied Physics, 1999, 86, 4916-4921
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Dong, G. and Li, H., Effects of surface roughness on diffusion bonding of aluminium alloy 6061 in air, Materials Science and Engineering A, 1999, A270, 244-248
    A full publication list can be found at my Google Scholar site.
Recent Conference Contributions
  • Nga, N. Q., Stella Kee, Soong, C. Y., Poh, W. L., Zuruzi, A. S., Reaching out to future materials scientists and engineers: Experiential learning through application driven projects, 1st Asian Materials Education Symposium, Singapore, December 2014.
  • Siow, K. S., Zuruzi, A. S., Evolution of electrical conductivity of porous silver with short annealing time, IEEE CPMT (Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology) Symposium, Kyoto, Japan, November 2014 (Invited)
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Processing and Application of Nanostructured TiO2 Supported on 3-D Microstructures, CIMTEC 2014 – 13th International Ceramics Congress & 6th Forum on New Materials, Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 2014 (Invited)
  • Zuruzi, A. S., Gardner, H. C. & MacDonald, N. C., Tailored Nanostructured Titania Grown on Titanium Micropillars with Outstanding Wicking Properties for Thermal Management of Microelectronics Devices, 35th International Electronics Manufacturing and Technology Conference, Malaysia, 6th – 8th November 2012 (Invited)
  • Richards, M., Zuruzi, A. S., Nanotechnology applications in the food industry, Urban Sustainability R&D Congress, Singapore, 27th – 28th June 2011 (Invited)
  • Lee, J. Y., Nurul, H., Lam, C. M., Zuruzi, A. S., Nanocomposite pressure sensors for stroke rehabilitation, Trilateral conference on Advances in Nanoscience: Energy, Water and Healthcare, Singapore, 11th-13th August 2010
  • Wu, S. X., Yeo, Y. H., Lau, B. H., Chen, Z., Zuruzi, A. S., Real time monitoring of nanosponge titania formation during oxidation of mono layer and multilayered Ti/Metal thin films, Nanotech 2009, Houston, 3rd – 7th May 2009
Intellectual Property
  • Zuruzi, A.S., et. al., Nanostructured Titania. (United States Patent, Number 7718552).
  • Zuruzi, A.S., et. al. Forming an Electrical Contact on an Electronic Component. (United States Patent, Number 7015132)
  • Zuruzi, A.S., A Method of Doping and Apparatus for Doping, (US Patent Application Number 12/734,996, PCT/SG2008/000319)
  • Zuruzi, A.S., A Porous Film Sensor, (PCT Application Number PCT/SG2009/000458 & filed at US Patent Office)
  • Zuruzi, A.S., Method for In-situ Doping of Titanium Dioxide, (PCT Application Number PCT/SG2009/000471 & filed at US Patent Office)
Completed Research Projects
  • Flexible Pressure Sensors Using Area Array Nanocomposites, Principal Investigator, National Research Foundation
  • Development of Nanostructured Chemical Sensors, Principal Investigator, TOTE Board
  • 3-Dimensional Hybrid Micro/Nano Structures for Energy Harvesting, Co-Principal Investigator, National Research Foundation
  • Wearable Pressure Sensors for Rehabilitation of Patients after Stroke, Co-Principal Investigator, Ministry of Education