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  (A*STAR Split-site) Enhancing the boundaries of binder jetting and sintering techniques for additive manufacturing of aluminium alloys

   Department of Materials

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  Prof X Zhou, Dr Seet Hang Li , Dr Mojtaba Salehi  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Embark on a transformative journey: A*STAR PhD Scholarship in pushing the boundaries of binder jetting and sintering techniques for aluminium alloys.

Unlock your potential with an exciting opportunity to join the PhD Programme at the University of Manchester in collaboration with Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Singapore, with a dedicated focus on advancing the field of binder jet additive manufacturing (AM) for aluminium alloys. Seize this unique chance and apply now for an enriching PhD experience at the forefront of binder jet additive manufacturing innovation and propel your academic and professional journey to new heights.

Unique Learning Experience:

This program offers a distinctive blend of fundamental research and real-world industrial applications. As a scholarship awardee, you will gain access to cutting-edge additive manufacturing and microstructure characterization facilities. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary skills and work within a collaborative team environment alongside leading academics at both the University of Manchester (Year 1) and A*STAR in Singapore (Year 2 and 3), culminating with the final year (Year 4) back at the University of Manchester.

Project Highlights:

•            Innovate binder jetting formulation: Develop a compatible binder formulation for the efficient binder jetting of two distinct types of aluminium alloy powder.

•            Develop sintering process: Create a sintering process for the effective densification of binder jet printed aluminium alloy green geometries, ensuring optimal structural integrity.

•            Perform advanced microstructure characterization: Utilize state-of-the-art techniques such as high-resolution electron microscopy and X-ray/electron-based nanotomography to characterize microstructure evolution during binder jetting. Establish critical relationships between AM parameters, alloy microstructure, and component performance.

•            Conduct performance assessment: Evaluate the performance of resulting aluminium alloy samples, focusing on mechanical and corrosion properties, among others.

•            Benchmark excellence: Compare obtained properties with those from alternative AM technologies for aluminium alloys, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the technology landscape.


Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 honours degree or a master’s in a relevant science or engineering related discipline.


Scholarships are available for suitable candidates to commence on this 4-year programme in October 2024 including:

·        Tuition fees

·        Annual stipend at the minimum UKRI rate (2024/25 rate £19,237) to the students when in Manchester (for a maximum of 2 years) and when in A*STAR (two years) equivalent to S$2,700/month.

·        Flight allowance for students travelling to Singapore (£1,000) paid by University of Manchester.

·        One return airfare to/from Singapore (S$1,500) paid by A*STAR

·        Medical insurance and settling-in allowance (S$1,000) paid by A*STAR

·        An annual Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) towards project running costs/consumables (up to £5,000 pa) provided to all students when in Manchester.

·        Supervisor travel allowance up to £6,000 for two airfare/accommodation visits to Singapore. 

Before you apply

We strongly recommend that you contact the supervisor(s) for this project before you apply.

How to apply

To be considered for this project you’ll need complete a formal application through our online application portal.

When applying, you’ll need to specify the full name of this project, the name of your supervisor, how you’re planning on funding your research, details of your previous study, and names and contact details of two referees.

Your application will not be processed without all of the required documents submitted at the time of application, and we cannot accept responsibility for late or missed deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions about making an application, please contact our admissions team by emailing

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Equality, diversity and inclusion 

Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and are at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. 

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

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Funding Notes

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