Postgraduate research opportunity

Engineering Research Opportunities for PhD/Masters (Research)

The School of Engineering presents various research opportunities for potential PhD/Masters(Research) students. The list below shows a non-exhaustive list of the research projects our researchers are undertaking. Contact the respective researcher to discuss about the opportunity.

Chemical Engineering
Supervisor Tentative Title/ Area of Research Stipend Available Eligibility Criteria
Professor Chai Siang PiaoAdvanced photocatalysis for environmental and sustainable energy productionYesCGPA>3.67
Visible-light-driven photocatalysis for disinfection of microbesYesCGPA>3.67
A/Prof Chong Meng Nan 1. Z-scheme Photocatalytic System for Chemicals Synthesis Yes CGPA>3.00
2. Next-generation Supercapacitor and Battery Materials for Energy Applications Yes CGPA>3.00
3. Functional Thin Films for Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction and Water Splitting Yes CGPA>3.00
4. Bioelectrochemical System for Green Energy Production and Chemical Synthesis Yes CGPA>3.00
A/Prof Edward Ooi Chien WeiMolecular dynamics simulation studies of thermostabilization of industrially important proteins by cholinium-based ionic liquidsYesMalaysia only,
Ir Dr Lee Chern LeingFabricating a superhydrophobic nanocomposite coating via simple spray coating methodYesMalaysia only, CGPA>3.00
Dr. Chew Mei Leng (Irene)1.Synthesis of carbonaceous green catalystYesCGPA>3.67
2. Smart manufacturing of green materials using neuroevolution algorithmYesCGPA>3.67
Dr. Patrick Tang Siah Ying1. Nanoparticle-stabilized Pickering Emulsions as Novel Consumer-friendly Nutraceutical Delivery SystemYesMalaysia only,
2. Self-healing Rubber with Tunable Mechanical PropertiesYesMalaysia only,
Dr. Estee Yong1. Direct Carbon Fuel CellYesCGPA>3.00
2. Functionalized Hollow Fiber for Hemodialysis
Dr Low Liang EeNanoassemblies for biomedical diagnosis and therapyYesH1 (First Class)/ H1E (Second upper + publications as 1st author in Q1 journals)
Civil Engineering
Supervisor Tentative Title/ Area of Research Stipend Available Eligibility Criteria
Dr. Vivi AnggrainiAn integrated intelligent/smart approach for monitoring and modelling water retention in urban vegetated soilsYesMalaysian only, CGPA > 3.00.
Dr Chua Yie SueInnovative connection design in modular constructionYesMalaysian only, CGPA > 3.00.
Dr SusilawatiShared Autonomous Vehicles to Assist in Solving Public Transport First-Mile and Last-Mile ConnectivityYesCGPA>3.00 (2nd Class Upper or above)
Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering
Supervisor Tentative Title/ Area of Research Stipend Available Eligibility Criteria
Dr Liang Shiuan-NiControl of cardiac alternans in spatially extended systemsYesMalaysia only,
H1 (First Class) / H2A (Second Class Upper)
Dr. Charles Raymond SarimuthuInvestigation Of On-Load Tap Changer Transformer Operation For Voltage Control In Distribution Network With Renewable Energy SourcesYesMalaysia only,
CGPA > 3.00
Dr. Tridib SahaNovel Electrode Designs for Langasite Crystal Sensors Operating in Harsh EnvironmentsYesMalaysia only,
H1 (First Class) / H2A (Second Class Upper) 
Dr. Maxine TanNew deep learning methods applied to medical images (e.g., mammograms, CT scans, etc.)YesLocal (International) or Malaysian. H1 (First class) / H2A (Second Class Upper)
Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor Tentative Title/ Area of Research Stipend Available Eligibility Criteria
Dr Darwin GouwandaThe Application of Machine Learning for the Estimation of Human Muscle ActivityYesH1 (First Class)/ H2A (Second Class Upper)
Dr. Surya NurzamanDevelopment and Analysis of Soft Gripper Based Mobile Manipulator for Older AdultsYes (Available for one year)H1 (First Class) / H2A (Second Class Upper)
Dr. Lau Ee Von1. Interactions of Multiple Bubbles in The Flotation Technology to Enhance Oil RecoveryNo CGPA>3.00
2. Graphene Oxide Coated Microbubbles for Co-Adsorption of PollutantsNoCGPA>3.00
3. Demulsification of Oil-in-Water Emulsions using Superhydrophobic Graphene Oxide Coated SandNoCGPA>3.00
Dr. Ooi Ean Hin

1. Development of Scale-Up Model of Human Eye Anterior Chamber for Aqueous Humour Hydrodynamic Analysis

2. A Computational Study on Shearwave Elastography of Human KidneyYesCGPA>3.00
3. Fundamental Study of Thermochemical Ablation: A Numerical ApproachYesCGPA>3.67
Mechatronics Engineering
Supervisor Tentative Title/ Area of Research Stipend Available Eligibility Criteria
Professor Rajendran Parthiban1. Internet of Things using Visible Light Communications Yes CGPA>3.67
2. AI in Optical Wireless CommunicationYesCGPA>3.67
A/Prof Tan Chee Pin (Edwin)

Modelling and state estimation and its application to

  1. soft robotics
  2. SOC/SOH estimation of batteries
  3. crowd monitoring
  4. autonomous vehicle control
  5. industrial processes
Yes (CGPA >3.67 only)CGPA>3.00

Dr. Tan Wen Shan

  1. Blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading with cloud energy storage
  2. Deep learning assisted optimisation for smart grid with renewable energy integration
  3. Smart grid optimal planning of distributed energy resources (solar PV, electric vehicle, transportable energy storage) under natural disaster

Yes (CGPA >3.67 only)


Dr. Chan Ping Yi

  1. Parkinson’s disease tremor compensation using gyroscopic actuator
  2. Solar-powered Stirling engine
Yes (CGPA >3.67 only and upon receiving scholarship)CGPA>3.00

Dr. Lim Lam Ghai

  1. An investigation of mental-workload data-driven approach for better cognitive training
  2. Detecting the sensitivity of expressed emotion using task-based dynamic functional connectivity
Yes (CGPA >3.67 only)CGPA>3.00

Last update: 17 July 2022


For all research degrees in priority areas of research at Monash University Malaysia.


Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements (academic and English language proficiency) for the relevant research degree. In general, this is equivalent to a high distinction average (H1/H1E or First Class Honours as per MGE's assessment at admission) from a recognised university. Selection for a scholarship will be based on academic achievement, research publications (ISI papers preferred) and research experience or research related awards.

Applicant is also responsible to make contact with potential supervisors to express an interest in one of their projects or to discuss potential projects. You can find the profiles of the lecturers in our Research Profile.

Scheme Availability & Benefits

Each scholarship covers 100% of the tuition fees, plus a living allowance as follows:

Master of Engineering Science (Research) - RM2,800/month (up to 24 months of candidature).

Doctor of Philosophy - RM2,800/month (up to 39 months of candidature).

Important Notes

If interested, you should contact the Supervisor directly to discuss further on the project that interests you. You will find details of the researchers working in your field of interest from this link:-

Our School's Research Profile can be found here.

For information on the fees, click here.

For any further inquiries, you may contact:

Research Office, School of Engineering, Monash Malaysia (Sunway)