The Laser Materials Processing Lab (LMPL) at the University of Iowa pursues research on the advancement of material processing technology and sciences. There are currently three main research thrusts:
- development of laser engineering methods for new functional materials;
- development of novel manufacturing processes (via lasers, ultrasonics, friction stir processes);
- modeling and simulations of material processes, microstructures and functional properties.
The lab is directed by Prof. Hongtao Ding.
- January 2020 - Avik Samanta starts as research intern at the Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
- January 2020 - Avik Samanta is featured in University of Iowa Dare to Discover campaign which showcases researchers, scholars, and creators from across the University of Iowa on banners throughout downtown Iowa City. The campaign is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Iowa.
- December 2019 - At the end of 2019, our paper on nHSN is published by the journal of Applied Surface Science. We have been working on the topic for the past couple of years. This new paper shows the process development for this innovative surface nanostructuring process. More papers on nHSN will come in 2020!
- November 2019 - Prof. Ding receives College of Engineering Seed Grant to develop Superwicking Heat Pipe using Fast Laser/Chemical Surface Nanostructuring Method.
- November 2019 - Our THz metamaterials review paper is featured as the Frontispiece in Laser & Photonics Reviews.
- October 2019 - Avik and Nicholas are featured in the latest UI ME Newsletter.
- October 2019 - Avik Samanta is featured in College of Engineering News Feed.
- October 2019 - Avik Samanta presented the paper with title "Laser Chemical Processes to Tune Metal Surface Wettability" at the 56th Annual Technical Meeting of Society of Enginneering Science (SES 2019) held at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
- September 2019 - Qinghua ‘Nicholas’ Wang presented the paper with title "A Novel Laser Patterning Process for Highly Flexible Transparent Conducting Heater’ at the 3rd World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing held at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
- August 2019 - Hassan Chaudhry and Wuji Huang join our group. Welcome!
- July 2019 - Lujie Cai and Shuo Zhao present their research on farbication of metamaterials-based THz biological sensor at the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Conference.
- July 2019 - Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang starts a 6-month project at GM R&D as a visiting scientist.
- June 2019 - Avik Samanta is invited by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB), and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST) to deliver a talk on wettability control on metals by integrated laser texturing and surface chemistry modification.
- June 2019 - Our group attended and presented research papers at the co-located 47th NAMRI/SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 47) and 2019 ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2019) at Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
- Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang presented the paper for the title of "Colorizing Hydrophobic Ti-6Al-4V Surface via High-Throughput Laser Surface Nanostructuring" and the poster for the title of "A Novel Laser-based Metasurface Fabrication Method for Tunable THz Bandpass Optics".
- Avik Samanta presented the paper for the title of "Nanosecond Pulsed Laser Processing Turns Engineering Metals Antireflective and Superwetting" and the poster for the title of "Turning Wettability on Laser Textured Metals by Surface Chemistry Modification".
- June 2019 - Prof. Ding receives CCAD CRISP Genesis Award to develop dynamically tunable metamaterial for THz spectroscopy.
- May 2019 - Prof. Ding gives a research talk at The 8th International Congress on Laser Advanced Materials Processing (LAMP 2019) in Hiroshima Japan.
- May 2019 - Prof. Ding receives the Career Kudos Award from the University of Iowa.
- May 2019 - Avik Samanta is congratulated with 2018- 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the Council of Teaching, University of Iowa at the Iowa Memorial Union. Congratulations!
- April 2019 - Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang is congratulated with 2019 Student Innovator Award at The University of Iowa Discovery & Innovation Awards Ceremony at the Hancher Auditorium. Congratulations!
- April 2019 - Haoxuan You and Zach Lowery wins the 1st place Popular Choice Award at the 2019 UI Research Open House. Congratulations!
- April 2019 - Avik Samanta wins the Best Graduate Poster Award at the 2019 UI Research Open House. Congratulations!
- April 2019 - Congratulations to Avik Samanta for receiving the 2018- 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Iowa. He is a doctoral candidate and has served as a teaching assistant for several courses. He is very dedicated, enthusiastic and enjoys working with the students.
- March 2019 - We recently published a paper in Optics and Lasers in Engineering for our research in Laser Keyhole Cutting of CFRP. For the first time, a keyhole mode cutting is achieved for CFRP materials using a long-pulse nanosecond laser. A high-quality machined surface can be produced with a limited heat-affected zone and little fiber pull-out. The paper can be read from here.
- March 2019 - Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang received the the Ballard Seashore Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Iowa for Fall 2019. Congratulations!
- March 2019 - Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang received the 2019 Student Innovator Award from the University of Iowa. Congratulations!
- March 2019 - Avik Samanta received the Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship from the University of Iowa for Fall 2019. Congratulations!
- February 2019 -Our recent research is published in Scientific Reports on laser fabrication of new terahertz bandpass ultrathin metamaterials.
- December 2018 - Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang and Avik Samanta successfully passed their respective comprehensive exam in Fall 2018. Congratulations!
- October 2018 - Our research is featured in the 2018 ME Newsletter.
- October 2018 - Our group attended the 37th International Congress on Aplications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO) at Orlando, Florida, USA.
- Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang presented the paper for the title of "A Novel Laser Surface Patterning Process for Fabrication of Transparent Conducting Ultra-thin Metal Film".
- Avik Samanta presented the poster for the title of "Enhancement of Laser Textured Surface Nanostructuring to Achieve Superhydrophobicity on Engineering Metal Surface".
- May 2018 - Ninggang ‘George’ Shen receives his PhD degree at 2018 Spring University of Iowa Graduate College Doctoral Commencement Ceremony at the Hancher Auditorium. Congratulations!
- May 2018 - Prof. Ding Receives NSF Grant to Study a Fast Laser-based Surface Nanostructuring Method.
- April 2018 - Avik Samanta wins the Rajyalakshmi & Shankar N Planjery Award in Spring 2018. Congratulations!
- April 2018 - Avik Samanta wins the Best Graduate Poster Award at the 2018 UI Research Open House. Congratulations!
- October 2017 Ninggang ‘George’ Shen successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Fall 2017. Congratulations!
- The title is “Microstructure Prediction of Severe Plastic Deformation Manufacturing Processes for Metals”.
- George took a research internship position at GM R&D during his last semester (Fall 2017) with a NSF support.
- George joined Tesla as a manufacturing engineer.
- September 2017 - Timothy Heiderscheit successfully defended his master’s thesis in Fall 2017. Congratulations!
- The thesis title is “Comparative Study of Near-Infrared Pulsed Laser Machining of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics”.
- Tim joined Quest Thermal Group as a Mechanical Engineer.
- April 2017 - Qinghua 'Nicholas' Wang wins the Sharada Devi Planjery Memorial Award in Spring 2017. Congratulations!
- April 2017 - Avik Samanta wins the Best Graduate Poster Award at the 2017 UI Research Open House. Congratulations!
- September 2015 - Prof. Ding Receives $300,000 NSF Grant
- MForesight article about our laser-based composites processing research
At the University of Iowa, we have an immediate Research Assistantship (RA) opening for a project on wind turbine manufacturing, machining and surface treatment. We are looking for highly motivated students with background in one or more of the following areas: Solid mechanics, materials & mechanical behaviors, computer modeling (FEM, dislocation dynamics, MD, or phase field simulation), materials processing (e.g., machining), wind energy, and laser based manufacturing. PhD students in their first year or MS students who intend to continue PhD are preferred. Interested applicants are welcomed to contact Dr. Ding with a resume and a letter summarizing their research experience and research accomplishments.