Dr Mohammad Taha named one of Australia’s 30 most innovative by Engineers Australia

By Prue Gildea

Headshot of Dr Taha

Dr Mohammad Taha is a newly minted PhD, and they like the sound of those words; Dr Taha.

After years of dedicated research work, having the title has added a spring to the step as Dr Taha cruises around the University of Melbourne’s leafy Parkville campus. And now with recognition as one of the 30 most innovative engineers of 2019 as voted by a judging panel for Engineers Australia, the future is looking bright for Dr Taha.

I am fascinated by novel materials and their potential. I get to make cool flexible electronics and pursue my passion for the environment and sustainability. I’m humbled by my recognition as one of the most innovative Australian engineers.

Dr Taha has been recognised for their work synthesising a self-modifying coating that adapts to its environment and limits heat radiation. This specialised material uses energy to realign itself entirely to conduct electricity more readily and limit heat simultaneously. The synthesis Dr Taha developed is vital step towards widespread application of this coating. It can be used on any surface including glass, flexible platforms and even fabric.

Dr Taha’s work takes the coating to new heights with applications in energy-saving windows, transistors, memory devices, optical devices, sensors communications, flexible electronics, smart-fabrics and defence applications.

The University of Melbourne clocktower viewed through Dr Taha's coatingThe University of Melbourne clock tower viewed through Dr Taha’s self-modifying coating

Dr Taha is most excited about the environmental impact of this material – how it can be used to create comfortable living condition in areas with scarce or limited electricity by synthesising tailored variations of the coating for different climates and environments.

“I am fascinated by novel materials and their potential. I get to make cool flexible electronics and pursue my passion for the environment and sustainability. I’m humbled by my recognition as one of the most innovative Australian engineers,” Dr Taha said.

At Melbourne School of Engineering, Dr Taha is working with Dr Ranjith R Unnithan, Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering’s Sensor Group. Dr Taha looks forward to cross-disciplinary collaborations around the University working towards advances that can serve local and the global communities.