Tim Sercombe

Associate Professor, BE PhD GradCertEd Qld

  • The University of Western Australia (M050), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1781 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
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Personal profile


I have been working in additive manufacturing since 1996 and have seen a large change in the industry. After graduating with a PhD in Materials Engineering from The University of Queensland in 1998 I then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at The University of Birmingham, UK, working under Prof Michael Loretto. During this time, I developed a number of new materials that were able to be processed using Selective Laser Sintering and then post sintered to high density. I then returned to The University of Queensland in 2001 to take up a research position, where I was responsible for creating a totally new manufacturing method for aluminium components that used additive manufacturing technologies. This work was published in Science . In 2006, I moved to the University of Western Australia in 2006. Since then, I have been working on developing new materials for Selective Laser Melting. I currently have projects covering a number of different aspects of 3D Printing. Go to the Research page to see what we are up to.

Funding overview

2005-2013 ARC Discovery Project Grant
2010-2011 UWA Research Collaboration Award

Current projects

Tim is currently involved with the trans disciplinary collaboration BioZone

Teaching overview

GENG4408 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
ENSC3002 Manufacturing & Materials
ENSC1002 Atoms to Bridges


-Design of highly efficient structures
-Low modulus titanium for orthopedic applications
-Aluminium & aluminium matrix composites
-Metallic glasses
-Antibacterial material
-3D bio printing

For more information see 3D printing


  • Additive manufacturing/selective laser melting
  • Processing of titanium and aluminium powder
  • Customised implants
  • Mechanical testing of materials

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Melting Engineering & Materials Science
Lasers Engineering & Materials Science
Aluminum Chemical Compounds
Powders Chemical Compounds
Sintering Engineering & Materials Science
Metallic glass Engineering & Materials Science
sintering Physics & Astronomy
Microstructure Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 2001 2018

  • 1781 Citations
  • 23 h-Index
  • 51 Article
  • 2 Conference paper
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Review article
5 Citations

Characterisation of hyaluronic acid methylcellulose hydrogels for 3D bioprinting

Law, N., Doney, B., Glover, H., Qin, Y., Aman, Z. M., Sercombe, T. B., Liew, L. J., Dilley, R. J. & Doyle, B. J., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of The Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. 77, p. 389-399 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic Acid
Stem cells
6 Citations

Early plastic deformation behaviour and energy absorption in porous β-type biomedical titanium produced by selective laser melting

Liu, Y. J., Li, S. J., Zhang, L. C., Hao, Y. L. & Sercombe, T. B., 1 Aug 2018, In : Scripta Materialia. 153, p. 99-103 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

energy absorption
Energy absorption
plastic deformation
Plastic deformation
5 Citations

Fe73.5Si13.5B9Cu1Nb3 metallic glass: Rapid activation of peroxymonosulfate towards ultrafast Eosin Y degradation

Wang, J. C., Jia, Z., Liang, S. X., Qin, P., Zhang, W. C., Wang, W. M., Sercombe, T. B. & Zhang, L. C., 15 Feb 2018, In : Materials and Design. 140, p. 73-84 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Metallic glass
Eosine Yellowish-(YS)
Chemical activation
Wastewater treatment
3 Citations

High-strength β stabilized Ti-Nb-Fe-Cr alloys with large plasticity

Rabadia, C. D., Liu, Y. J., Cao, G. H., Li, Y. H., Zhang, C. W., Sercombe, T. B., Sun, H. & Zhang, L. C., 8 Aug 2018, In : Materials Science and Engineering A. 732, p. 368-377 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

high strength
plastic properties
4 Citations

Improved Corrosion Resistance on Selective Laser Melting Produced Ti-5Cu Alloy after Heat Treatment

Qin, P., Liu, Y., Sercombe, T. B., Li, Y., Zhang, C., Cao, C., Sun, H. & Zhang, L. C., 9 Jul 2018, In : ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. 4, 7, p. 2633-2642 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Corrosion resistance
Heat treatment