Dick F Firdaus

Doctoral Researcher

Dick joined the IfM in 2024, as a PhD in Engineering student, a member of Darwin College and an LPDP (Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education) Scholar. He is a certified professional materials engineer and a polymer materials R&D (research and development) expert. He is also a certified internal auditor for ISO standard 9001:2015 (QMS), 14001:2015 (EMS), and 45001:2018 (OH&SMS) from TÜV Rheinland and the British Standard Institution (BSI).


Prior to joining IfM, his work is intertwined in a triple-helix frame of industry, government, and academia. He is a co-founder of a biotechnology startup company, PT ORCA Bioteknologi Nusantara ( a provider of biomedical products, consultations and consumables based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the government, he is also active as an advisor to the Center for Standardisation of Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Packaging Industry Services (BBSPJIKFK) under the Indonesian Ministry of Industry. In addition, he acts as an expert board member of product development, failure analysis and circular economy division that provides technical consultation to several multinational industries at the Center for Sustainability and Waste Management (CSWM) ( In academia, he holds a role as a visiting faculty at several universities in Indonesia, including University of Indonesia and Sebelas Maret University (Indonesia).


He obtained most of his industrial experiences in the past 7 years in REHAU, when he was the Head of CHEM (Chemistry and Materials Development) Lab, HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) country coordinator for the plant in Indonesia, and a global auditor for several plants in Germany, China, Thailand, and India. The REHAU Group ( is a Swiss-German multinational family business and a leading worldwide provider of polymer-based solutions in construction, automotive, furniture, transport, doors, windows, and industry.


Aside from professional career, he is also a patron of Nanomaterials Science and Engineering Research Society in the University of Indonesia and a fellow of the Indonesian Society for Nano (MNI), Indonesian Polymer Association (HPI), and the Institution of Engineers Indonesia (IEI/PII).


Dick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering specialising in polymer nanocomposite from the University of Indonesia (Indonesia) under supervision of Professor Mochamad Chalid at Green Polymer Technology Research Group (GPTech). Part of his study conducted in Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He proceeded to an MSc degree in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London in which his thesis focused on photonic nanoparticles synthesis and characterisation under Professor Fang Xie in the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He then continued for a professional degree in materials engineering, certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), at the Institute Technology of Bandung (Indonesia). Currently, under Dr Sebastian Pattinson in IfM, he is working on a 3D printable “green and sustainable” hydrogel design for biomedical applications and how to manufacture it through the assistance of machine learning.

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