SEAM Seminar – ‘The Innovation Relevance Indicator (IRI): A Measure for Relevance of Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Research to Industry’


Title: The Innovation Relevance Indicator (IRI): A Measure for Relevance of Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Research to Industry

Abstract: Thermal barrier coatings (TBC) provide critical thermal protection to the aerospace turbine blades. As performance demands increase in the aerospace industry, so has the complexity in the design and manufacturing technology to produce TBC that meet the requisite expectations that recently includes sustainability goals.
This talk will present a study on TBC research papers over the past 40 years (1980-2020) from Scopus, which provide an understanding of the global scientific research in this field. The publication data enable analysis of annual scholarly outputs and impact, mainstream journals, leading countries, and institutions. Patents captured by Clarivate Analytics Derwent Innovation patent database on thermal barrier coating for turbine engine are analysed. Special focus placed on the journal paper citations of patents, citations of journal papers in patents and the co-relation with highly cited papers in Scopus and highly cited patent (cited by patents) on TBC. By co-relating the scientific publications of industrial companies and research institutions with their patent filing and scientific publication’s patent citations, an innovation relevance indicator (IRI) is introduced to evaluate the relevance of a company/institution’s scientific research to technological innovation.
The IRI essentially denote the closeness of the research of an institution to an industrial applicable innovation. When applied together with the journal/conference publications, and patent filings, this indicator helps to identify those universities with strong industry relevant patents. Universities with significant number TBC patents fall into two broad categories, i) those who high (>70%) collaborations on patents filed, and ii) those that filed patents without existing external collaborations.


Professor Khor obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees from Monash University, Australia.

Professor Khor’s research interests are in advanced materials processing; thermal sprayed coatings; spark plasma sintering, nano-bioceramics and nano-composites for artificial cornea implants, orthopaedic and dental implants. Since 2011, he has embarked on research and analysis into research collaboration networks, research topics analysis, development of research performance metrics for universities and international collaborations of global young universities. He has published over 410 journal and conference papers and edited several international conference proceedings.

Starting from March 2017, he was appointed member of the ARMS Conferences and Major Events Committee (CMEC). He was awarded Fellow of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) in 2017. Fellows of ARMS are recognised as individuals who have made an enduring and substantial contribution to research management as a practitioner, mentor, trainer or advocate in the research management profession.

From 2006 to 2016, he served as President of the Institute of Materials (East Asia). He is a member of the Governing Board, Workplace Safety and Health Institute (WSHI), Ministry of Manpower. From 2014 to 2016 he served as a member of the Thomson-Reuters Research Analytics Advisory Board (TRRAAB). Since 2014, he has represented Singapore in the ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) Steering Committee.

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10:30 am to 11:30 am Talk
11:30 am to 12:00 pm Networking and Morning Tea

Acknowledgement: This seminar is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC). The ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials, SEAM, has been funded under Award IC180100005. The additional support from industrial, university and other partners is critical for our success.


Professor Michael Khor of NTU, Singapore


31 August 2023


10:30 am - 11:30 am (GMT+10)
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Room: EN615 Level 6, Building: Engineering Building, Hawthorn, Swinburne University of Technology

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