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Dr. Amanda Koh

Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011

Dr. Amanda Koh’s group focuses on engineering multifunctional materials through the intentional design of interfaces. Current research focuses on materials for soft robotics, stretchable electronics, sensing, and environmental remediation.

As devices become more advanced in the fields of defense, health, and manufacturing, it is no longer enough for materials to have a single function or be useful to only a single application. Materials that are responsive and multifunctional are key to creating robust, practical, and adaptive systems. The Koh lab seeks to develop these materials through the engineering of internal and composite interfaces either through the manipulation of existing chemistry or the addition of novel components.

Much of the current work in Koh’s lab focuses on developing soft materials, which are both deformable and have electronic, magnetic, or sensing capabilities. Applications of these materials include stretchable electronics (ex. wearables and health monitoring), soft robotics (ex. human-machine interfaces and manned-unmanned teaming), and environmental contaminant sensing (ex. heavy metals and petroleum derivatives).

Affiliated Areas
Center for Water Quality Research, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Polymers and Soft Materials Research Center

Selected Publications

  • R.E. Calabrese, E. Bury, F. Haque, A. Koh and C. Park: Effects of filler composition, loading, and geometry on the dielectric loss, partial discharge, and dielectric strength of liquid metal polymer composites. Composites Part B: Engineering 234, 109686 (2022).
  • E. Bury and A.S. Koh: Multimodal Deformation of Liquid Metal Multimaterial Composites as Stretchable, Dielectric Materials for Capacitive Pressure Sensing. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 14, 13678 (2022).
  • S. Thiagarajan and A.S. Koh: Simultaneous Thermo-Magnetorheological Response of Magnetorheological Fluids: Effect of Concentration and Composition. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 1 (2021).
  • S. Thiagarajan and A.S. Koh: Performance and Stability of Magnetorheological Fluids—A Detailed Review of the State of the Art. Advanced Engineering Materials, 2001458 (2021).
  • A. Koh, J. Sietins, G. Slipher and R. Mrozek: Deformable liquid metal polymer composites with tunable electronic and mechanical properties. Journal of Materials Research 33, 2443 (2018).

Awards and Honors

  • Phillip Groll Class of 1921 Mentor Award, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015, 2016

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