Magdi Morks

I have a Bachelor degree in chemistry from the Faculty of Science, Cairo University in Egypt (B.S., 1991), a Master degree in physical chemistry from Cairo University (M.S., 1997) and a PhD degree in physical chemistry in 2002.

I studied my first PhD degree in Materials Processing Lab at Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan (2000-2002). In 2005 I was offered a postdoctoral fellowship from Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) to collaborate in Bio-medical research project at Osaka University using a thermal spray system. I have published several scientific papers in ceramic and metallic coatings for different applications. During this time in 2009, I became a research fellow at the Swinburne University of Technology on a DMTC project to develop ultra-high temperature ceramic coatings for supersonic flight. In 2010-2014 I had been appointed as a research officer at CSIRO and worked on Boeing-CSIRO project to develop an inhibitor for aluminium alloy for aerospace application.

In 2018 I had offered a PhD by a research scholarship from IMCRC with project collaboration of RMIT/CSIRO and Titiomic as the industrial partner. My PhD’s project, on properties of titanium cold spray additive components with consideration of post-fabrication treatment, will focus on the mechanical properties of additive manufacture of Ti complex components via cold spray. Mechanical properties include tensile strength, fracture toughness, fatigue, hardness, and adhesive strength will be investigated and correlated with the microstructure of titanium grain structure. Part of his study will emphasize on the mechanical strength of designed Ti component’s joints.

  • Research interests: additive manufacturing of metal & composites, and surface modification for high mechanical corrosion control


  • Additive manufacturing of metal components using cold spray systems
  • Robotic programming for additive manufacturing of complex shapes
  • Chemical sealing of porous additive manufacturing components with nano-ceramic sealer
  • Metal/ceramic powder coating for the additive manufacturing process
  • Thermal spray coatings for ultra-high temperature applications
  • Mechanical testing: tensile strength, wear & abrasion, hardness, adhesion

PhD Project

Topic: Development of High-Performance Titanium Components Through Cold Spray Techniques

This PhD project attempts to design and prepare high-performance, titanium-based components with complex geometries through cold spray techniques for a broad range of engineering services.

Contributions of key variables to micro-and macrostructure and mechanical performance of titanium parts will be investigated systematically, including the grades of titanium stock powder, a range of fabrication conditions, and post-treatments. Both local properties (such as porosity, microstructure, hardness, and residual stress) and the overall mechanical properties of the bulk component will be examined (i.e. tensile strength, elastic and plastic deformation and elongation).

Post-treatment will be performed in two distinct ways, pore-sealing with silica sealers and heat treatment at appropriate temperatures to optimise the desirable properties of the components, including removal of residual stress, homogenised microstructure and reduction in porosity.

The expected outcomes include a new understanding of mechanistic roles of processing variables in microstructure and mechanical properties and a set of optimal processing conditions to yield high-performance titanium components with great potential for commercial applications, such as but not limited to biomedical devices.

Prior work

  • 2018: Research & Development Chemist, Bathroom Werx, Preston, Victoria, Australia
  • 2016-2017: Corrosion and Coatings Consultant, Harfords Surface Technology, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2014-2015: Laboratory Engineer, Callidus Process Solutions, Western Australia
  • 2010-2013: Research Project Officer, CSIRO, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  • 2009-2010: Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  • 2005-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow: Joining & Welding Research Institute (JWRI), Osaka University, Japan
  • 2002-2005: Researcher, Central Metallurgical Research & Development Institute, Cairo, Egypt
  •  2000-2002: PhD student, Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1993-2002: Research Assistant, Surface Coatings & Corrosion Control Department, Central Metallurgical Research & Development Institute, Cairo, Egypt


  • Morks, M.F., Cole, I., & Kobayashi, A. (2013). Plasma forming multilayer ceramics for ultra-high temperature application. Vacuum, 88(1), 134–138.
  • Morks, M.F., Fahim, N.F., Muster, T.H., & Cole, I.S. (2013). Surface & Coatings Technology Cu-based Fe phosphate coating and its application in CO 2 pipelines. Surface and Coatings Technology, 228, 167–175.
  • Morks, M.F., Fahim, N.F., & Cole, I.S. (2013). Environmental phosphate coating for corrosion prevention in CO 2 pipelines. Materials Letters, 94, 95–99.
  • Morks, M.F., Fahim, N.F., Muster, T., & Cole, I.S. (2013). In-situ synthesis of functional silica nanoparticles for enhancement the corrosion resistance of TBCs. Surface and Coatings Technology, 225, 106–111.
  • Morks, M.F., Corrigan, P., Birbilis, N., & Cole, I.S. (2012). A green MnMgZn phosphate coating for steel pipelines transporting CO 2 rich fluids. Surface and Coatings Technology, 210, 183–189.
  • Morks, M.F., Corrigan, P.A., & Cole, I.S. (2012). Mn-Mg based zinc phosphate and vanadate for corrosion inhibition of steel pipelines transport of CO 2 rich fluids. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 7, 218–224.
  • Morks, M.F., Cole, I., Corrigan, P., & Kobayashi, A. (2011). Electrochemical Characterization of Plasma Sprayed Alumina Coatings. Journal of Surface Engineered Materials and Advanced Technology, 01(03), 107–111.
  • Morks, M.F. (2010). Plasma spraying of zirconia-titania-silica bio-ceramic composite coating for implant application. Materials Letters, 64(18), 1968–1971.
  • Morks, M.F., & Berndt, C.C. (2010). Corrosion and oxidation properties of NiCr coatings sprayed in presence of gas shroud system. Applied Surface Science, 256(13), 4322–4327.
  • Morks, M.F., Berndt, C.C., Durandet, Y., Brandt, M., & Wang, J. (2010). Microscopic observation of laser glazed yttria-stabilized zirconia coatings. Applied Surface Science, 256(21), 6213–6218.
  • Fahim, N. F., Morks, M.F., & Sekino, T. (2009). Electrochemical synthesis of silica-doped high aspect-ratio titania nanotubes as nanobioceramics for implant applications. Electrochimica Acta, 54(12), 3255–3269.
  • Morks, M.F., Fahim, N.F., & Kobayashi, A. (2008). Microstructure, corrosion behavior, and microhardness of plasma-sprayed W-Ni composite coatings. Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 10(1), 6–11.
  • Morks, M.F., & Akimoto, K. (2008). The role of nozzle diameter on the microstructure and abrasion wear resistance of plasma sprayed AI2O3/TiO2 composite coatings. Journal of Manufacturing Processes, 10(1), 1–5.
  • Morks, M.F., Fahim, N.F., & Kobayashi, A. (2008). Structure, mechanical performance and electrochemical characterization of plasma sprayed SiO 2 /Ti-reinforced hydroxyapatite biomedical coatings. Applied Surface Science, 255(5 PART 2), 3426–3433.
  • Morks, M.F., & Kobayashi, A. (2008). Development of ZrO2/SiO2 bioinert ceramic coatings for biomedical application. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 1(2), 165–171.
  • Morks, M.F. (2008). Fabrication and characterization of plasma-sprayed HA / SiO2 coatings for biomedical application. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 1(1), 105–111.
  • Morks, M.F., Kobayashi, A., & Fahim, N.F. (2007). Abrasive wear behavior of sprayed hydroxyapitite coatings by gas tunnel type plasma spraying. Wear, 262(1–2), 204–209.
  • Morks, M.F., & Kobayashi, A. (2007). Effect of gun current on the microstructure and crystallinity of plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings. Applied Surface Science, 253(17), 7136–7142.
  • Morks, M.F., & Kobayashi, A. (2007). Influence of spray parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of gas-tunnel plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings. Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, 139(2–3), 209–215.
  • Morks, M.F., Fahim, N.F., Francis, A.A., & Shoeib, M.A. (2006). Fabrication and characterization of electro-codeposited Ni/Zr-silicate composite coating. Surface and Coatings Technology, 201(1–2), 282–286.
  • Morks, M.F., Salam Hamdy, A., Fahim, N.F., & Shoeib, M.A. (2006). Growth and characterization of anodic films on aluminum alloys in 5-sulfosalicylic acid solution. Surface and Coatings Technology, 200(16–17), 5071–5076.
  • Morks, M.F., & Kobayashi, A. (2006). Influence of gas flow rate on the microstructure and mechanical properties of hydroxyapatite coatings fabricated by gas tunnel type plasma spraying. Surface and Coatings Technology, 201(6), 2560–2566.
  • Morks, M.F., Gao, Y., Fahim, N.F., & Yingqing, F.U. (2006). Microstructure and hardness properties of cermet coating sprayed by low power plasma. Materials Letters, 60(8), 1049–1053.
  • Morks, M.F., Tsunekawa, Y., Fahim, N.F., & Okumiya, M. (2006). Microstructure and friction properties of plasma sprayed Al-Si alloyed cast iron coatings. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 96(1), 170–175.
  • Morks, M.F., Gao, Y., Fahim, N.F., Yingqing, F.U., & Shoeib, M.A. (2005). Influence of binder materials on the properties of low power plasma sprayed cermet coatings. Surface and Coatings Technology, 199(1), 66–71.
  • Morks, M.F., Tsunekawa, Y., & Okumiya, M. (2004). Characterization and properties of splats sprayed with different cast iron powders. Materials Letters, 58(20), 2481–2485.
  • Morks, M.F. (2004). Magnesium phosphate treatment for steel. Materials Letters, 58(26), 3316–3319.

Further information

  • Prof. Ivan Cole (RMIT University)
  • Dr Xiao-Bo Chen (RMIT University)
  • Dr Saden Zahiri (CSIRO)
  • Dr Stefan Gulizia (CSIRO)

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