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Dr Andrew Ang

Senior Research Engineer
Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Dr Andrew Ang is a graduate from the National University of Singapore and has a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in the area of thermal spray coatings. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laser & Plasma Deposition group and in charge to delivering key projects. Dr Ang is also currently supervising two PhD candidates.

His expertise is primarily in metallic, ceramic and ceramic-metal composite (carbide-based) thermal spray coatings. He has significant hands-on experience in the techniques of atmospheric plasma spray, high velocity oxygen fuel, flame spray and cold spray. His recent research has been focused on process optimisation of thermal spray for commercial applications as well as the mechanical and corrosion characterisation of these anisotropic thermal spray coatings.

Dr Ang has built a strong track record in applied research with Australian businesses in the area of developing coating technology. His industry partners include Titomic Ltd (manufacturing), Carbon Revolution (automotive), YarraTrams (rail), RUAG Australia (aerospace), United Surface Technology Ltd (coatings), MacTaggart Scott Australia (shipbuilding), Defence Science and Technology Group (defence), GE Oil & Gas (energy), Asia Pacific Aerospace Pty Ltd (aerospace), Oerlikon Metco (coatings), and ThermoFisher Australia (equipment). These have been positive collaborative relationships leading to these companies applying for government-sponsored grants. In recognition of his active pursuit for research excellence, Dr Ang is a recipient of several prestigious awards including International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA) Scholarship Award, DMTC Early Career Award and DMTC Industry Partnership Award.

Dr Ang one of the CIs of the recently annouced ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM), led by Distinguished Professor Chris Berndt, to deliver commercial benefits for industry. With funding in excess of $8.3 million, it constitutes one of the largest training centres of its kind in Australia.

Research interests

Nanostructured Materials; Materials Characterisation; Thermal Spray and Laser Processing; Surface Engineering; Additive and Near Net Shape Manufacturing

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Next generation metal composite coatings for extreme engineering applications: Many critical components and structures used in the harsh marine environment suffer from failures due to biofouling and corrosion. We have been working with key industry partners to develop advanced metallic coatings to minimise biofouling and corrosion issues.

Fields of Research

  • Functional Materials - 091205
  • Manufacturing Processes And Technologies (excl. Textiles) - 091006
  • Numerical Modelling And Mechanical Characterisation - 091307

Teaching areas

Nanostructured Materials;Materials Science;Materials Characterisation;Nanostructured Materials;Surface Engineering;Thermal Spray and Laser Processing


  • 2018, National, Fresh Science Victoria, Fresh Science
  • 2017, National, DMTC Early Career Researcher Award, Defence Material Technology Centre
  • 2016, National, DMTC Industry Partnership Award, Defence Material Technology Centre
  • 2009, International, International Thermal Spray Association Scholarship Award, ITSA
  • 2006, National, NUS Students Achievement Award, National University of Singapore
  • 2005, National, Faculty of Engineering Colours Award (Silver), National University of Singapore


Also published as: Ang, Andrew; Ang, A.; Ang, Siao Ming; Ang, S.; Ang, A. S. M.; Ang, Andrew S. M.; Ang, Andrew Siao Ming; Ang, S. M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Phase 2: Benchmarking of Kinetic Fusion technology 3D printed parts *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: Benchmarking of powder materials for large scale 3D printing *; Innovation Connections
  • 2018: Boride-based coatings on refractory composite substrates *; USDept of Defense
  • 2018: Thermal protective coatings for CFRP - Stage 2 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2017: Development of corrosion resistant thermal barrier coating system for carbon fibre composite *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2017: Field trial of prototype hydraulic actuator incorporating HVOF coating technology *; DMTC
  • 2017: Hybrid Composite Materials and Structures *; DMTC
  • 2016: Bragg Institute- Neutron Proposal 4818: Investigating the residual stress profile *; ANSTO Travel Grants
  • 2016: Thermoset materials scoping studyDMTC Project 9.45 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Biofouling and corrosion performance evaluation of carbide-based HVOF coatings - Project 9.09 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Carbide-based HVOF coatings for hydraulic components - Project 2.14 *; DMTC
  • 2015: Characterisation of residual stress profile of high entropy alloy coatings produced by atmospheric plasma spray *; ANSTO Travel Grants
  • 2014: Advanced composite thermal spray coatings for corrosion and wear resistance. *; Dept State Development Business & Innovation Post Grad Scholarship
  • 2014: High Velocity Oxygen Fuel carbide based coating for marine corrosion - Project 2.10 *; DMTC - High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Contract
  • 2014: Investigating the short term biofouling characteristics of HVOF carbide-based coatings - Project 2.13 *; DMTC - High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Contract
  • 2013: Cold spray project with Rosebank Engineering *; Dept State Development Business & Innovation Post Grad Scholarship

* Chief Investigator