Alan Lim

Associate Professor Alan Lim

Head, PhD (Engineering) Programme

School of Science and Technology

Tel: +65 6248 9252

Email: dGNsaW1Ac3Vzcy5lZHUuc2c=

Educational Qualifications

  • 2001
    PhD, National University of Singapore

  • 1996
    BEng (Hons), National University of Singapore

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2013 - Present
    Head of PhD (Engineering) and Master of Engineering Programmes

  • 2007 - Present
    Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • Feb - Aug 2022
    Professor (Part-time, Online), Harbin Institute of Technology, China

  • 2022
    PhD External Examiner for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

  • 2021
    MPhil External Examiner for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

  • 2019
    PhD Examiner for National Institute of Technology Calicut, India

  • 2018, 2022
    PhD External Examiner for the Faculty of Science, University of Malta, Malta

  • 2012
    PhD External Examiner for the School of Medical Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India

  • 2011
    Evaluation Team Member for the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB)

  • 2009
    PhD External Examiner for the Department of Applied Mechanics & Hydraulics, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India

  • 2007
    Evaluation Team Member for the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB)

  • 2001 - 2006
    Research Fellow, Professional Officer and Program Manager, National University of Singapore

  • 2000 - 2001
    Applications Engineer, Instron Singapore Pte Ltd

  • 1999
    Graduate Tutor, National University of Singapore


Teik-Cheng Lim, “A Partially Auxetic Metamaterial Inspired by the Maltese Cross”, Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Teik-Cheng Lim, “Mechanics of Metamaterials with Negative Parameters”, Springer Nature, 2020.

Teik-Cheng Lim, “Auxetic Materials and Structures”, Springer Nature, 2015.

Selected Book Chapters:

Teik-Cheng Lim, “Sensing Materials: Composites and Hybrid Materials”, in Encyclopedia of Sensors and Biosensors, Volume 2, 2023, Pages 187-195.

Govardhana Rao Banna, Teik-Cheng Lim, and Kotireddy Rama Bhupal Reddy, “Productivity Gain by Combination of Lean Manufacturing and Mass Customisation Methods in Aviation Industry”, in Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 335. Springer, Cham, 2022.

Teik-Cheng Lim, “Modeling and Simulation of Polymeric Nanocomposite Processing” in Recent Advances in Elastomeric Nanocomposites, Eds: Vikas Mittal, Jin Kuk Kim and Kaushik Pal, Advanced Structured Materials, 2011, Volume 9, Part 2, 119-134.

Selected Refereed International Journals Papers:

Teik-Cheng Lim, "A metamaterial with sign-programmable thermal expansivity and Poisson’s ratio constructed from a hybrid of rotating and non-rotating rigid units”, International Journal of Solids and Structures 284, 112510 (2023)

Teik-Cheng Lim, “Metamaterials with Poisson’s ratio discontinuity by means of fragmentation-reconstitution rotating units”, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 479, 20230442 (2023)

Teik-Cheng Lim, “A metamaterial with negative thermal expansivity and programmable Poisson's ratio based on rotating triangles and quivering rhombi”, European Journal of Mechanics-A/Solids 100, 104986 (2023)

Teik-Cheng Lim, “An anisotropic negative thermal expansion metamaterial with sign-toggling and sign-programmable Poisson’s ratio”, Oxford Open Materials Science 2 (1), itac007 (2022)

Selected Refereed International Conference Papers:

Teik-Cheng Lim, “Aspect ratio and size effects of a metacomposite with interconnected Y-elements” Journal of Physics: Conference Series 2047 (1), 012029 (2021)

Teik-Cheng Lim, "A reinforced kite-shaped microstructure with negative linear and area hygrothermal expansions", Key Engineering Materials 803, 272-277 (2019)

Teik-Cheng Lim, “A negative hygroscopic expansion material”, Materials Science Forum 928, 277-282 (2018)

For a complete list of publications, see
2007 - Present
Member, Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES)

2007 - Present
Member, International Association of Engineers (IAENG)

2003 - 2006
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2022 - 2024
Appointed Reviewer for the SUSS Working paper Series

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) Working Group Member on Technical Reference Maintenance regime for the pump and drainage systemin railway tunnels and stations

Technical Committee Member, 7th International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing and Materials (ICAMM 2023) in Cambridge, United Kingdom during July 11-13, 2023

Technical Committee member, 12th International Conference on Engineering Mathematics and Physics (ICEMP 2023), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 5-7, 2023

2019, 2021-2023
Judge for the Singapore Science and Engineering Festival (SSEF)

Invited Speaker, 7th International Conference on Composite Materials and Material Engineering (online)

Reviewer for European Research Council

Speaker, NUS-MRS Workshop on Functional Materials

2015 - 2017
Judge for the Energy Innovation Challenge competition, organized in conjunction with the National Engineers Day (NED)

Committee member, International Conference on Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering (ICMME 2015), Singapore


Scientific committee member, 6th International Conference on Auxetics and other materials and models with negative characteristics, Malta

Scientific committee member, 5th International Conference and 10th International
Workshop on Auxetics and related systems at Poznan

Scientific committee member, 4th International Conference and 9th International Workshop on Auxetics and Related Systems, Bolton

Scientific committee member, 8th International Workshop on Auxetics and Related Systems, Szczecin

Consultancy team member for evaluating the effectiveness of e-learning in Home Team Academy (HTA)

Scientific committee member, 6th International Workshop on Auxetics and Related Systems, Bolton

2002 - Present
Peer reviewer for international journals

  • Mechanical Metamaterials
  • Auxetic Materials and Structures
  • Negative Thermal Expansion Materials
  • Negative Compressibility Materials
  • Negative Hygroscopic Expansion Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Composites
2010 - 2011
UniSIM CFAR research grant no. RF10SST01. As PI.

2006 - 2009
A*STAR SERC Grant, Grant number 062 120 0017. As Co-PI.

2005 - 2008
NUS Academic Research Fund, WBS no. R-265-000-192-112. As Co-PI.

1996 - 1999
NUS Research Scholarship

Faculty of Engineering Annual Book Prize (Applied Mechanics), NUS
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