Call for Students

The Tribology and Precision Machining Research Lab is designed to research fundamentals of tribological phenomena and support related industries through research activities and cultivating students and i-Kohza members. TriPreM has been performing collaborative researches with Kyushu University on fundamental tribology issues and with AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, JAPAN) on controlling technologies of experimental atmosphere for tribological experiments. These collaborative efforts have proven to be fruitful in enhancing the synergy between Malaysia and Japan, uplifting research institutions in both countries closer to visions of the future.


For students, we foster independent problem-solving ability into our prospecting students, such as the “5-whys approach”, while involving themselves in research activities which will give birth to students with capability to iron out issues at root cause. In addition, we mentor students in the ways of the Japanese, well-known for producing top-achieving engineers and scientists globally, by instilling courtesy and good mannerism, for greatly improved teamwork and interaction not limited to just within the lab’s circle, but with co-workers, friends, and family.


As a MJIIT student, some minimal academic assistance such as laboratory supervision, marking of laboratory reports and taking part in conferences (local and overseas) are required.


MJIIT offers study supervision from Japanese professors of various expertise from a multitude of fields, often extending their knowledge further than their primary research interest. Candidates will suffer no shortage of proper supervision, and MJIIT will match candidates with professors that would best match their research interest.


Following that, MJIIT will also confer opportunities to travel to Japan on many occasions. Candidates will visit Japan to attend various conferences which are collaboration efforts from MJIIT and Japanese universities such as Kyushu University and Tokyo University, and in addition, candidates will also gain opportunities to visit other countries as per i-Kohza’s research activities. Candidates may also opt to perform their post-graduate studies at Kyushu University, with periods ranging from 3 months to 6 months.

Exceptional candidates stand to receive scholarships from MJIIT and/or tuition fee waiver. Scholarships may be given out for both Masters and PhD students, with Masters candidates receiving up to RM1,800, and PhD students up to RM2,500.

UPDATE JANUARY 2015: Currently, we are not accoutered to support foreign (non-Malaysian) students financially. Non-Malaysians who wish to enter MJIIT, our laboratory advises the student to secure a financial source of funding. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.


Candidates must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in one or more of the following fields:

1. Mechanical Engineering
2. Material Engineering
3. Manufacturing
4. Mechatronics
5. Mathematics

The following are not required, but will serve as huge influencing factors when determining a candidate’s credibility:
1. Passion to further delve into the field of materials engineering, machining and tribology
2. Prior knowledge/interest in programming
3. Interest in Japanese-style education

Fresh graduates/Entry level applicants are encouraged to apply.

The main medium of communication within the i-Kohza is the English language, however Bahasa Malaysia and Japanese are also spoken on an occasional basis. Members and students of the i-Kohza also speaks Mandarin, Arabic and Tamil, among others.

Potential students may wish to make appointment for further discussions. Interested candidates are requested to submit resume/CV to

Research Topics (Post-graduate) Summary Availability
Development of LAPES (Lapping Plate Evaluation System) Occupied
Development of LAPES (Lapping Plate Evaluation System) (statistical analysis) Occupied
Predicting location of adhesion occurrence on the sliding system (mathematical approach) Occupied
Predicting location of adhesion occurrence on the sliding system (material approach) Available
Development of Lapping Technology for aspherical lens by using CNC Machine Occupied
Development of Lapping Technology for aspherical lens’ mold by using CNC Machine Occupied
A fundamental study on the mechanism of lapping in thin film magnetic recording head and its evaluation Available
Comparison study of the lifetime of materials in machining upon diagnosis of malfunction Available
Development of a sophisticated friction force sensor Available
New on-line conditioning monitoring for lapping process using AE signal Available
Numerical simulations of Tribology Available
Modelling and analytic methods in Tribology Available
Lubrication of an abrasive grain with ultrasonically vibrated fluid Improvement surface integrity with ultrasonically (>20 kHz) vibrated grinding fluid has been reported on surface grinding. However, mechanism of improvement has not been investigated. In this study, lubricant phenomenon between abrasive grain and material with ultrasonic vibrated fluid will be investigated. Available
Ultrasonic exciter for cutting/grinding fluid In previous research on ultrasonically excited grinding fluid, shape of ‘effector’ (exciter) has not been mentioned yet. In this study, influence of effector’s shape will be investigated. Simulation model should be constructed with considering interaction between solid body vibration and fluid. Available
Lubrication assisted by ultrasonic vibration Ultrasonic vibration had been utilized for grinding. For innovative ultrasonic vibration application, lubricant phenomenon between vibrated materials with greater than 20 kHz of frequency will be investigated. Available
A Study on the Real Contact in the Initial Stage of Sliding Occupied
Study on the Initial Cutting Tool Contact Mechanisms in Precision Machining using ABAQUS Occupied
Influences of Humidity on Tribological Properties of Fabric Materials Occupied