Mission Area


Research Topics

  • Manufacturing monitoring prognosis and diagnostics
  • Manufacturing processes

The Laser Materials Processing Lab pursues research on the advancement of material processing technology and sciences.

State-of-the-art laser processing systems, ultrasonic welders, and various manufacturing process monitoring and characterization tools enable innovative and highly functional surface textures that can repel water, ease disinfecting, or hold lubrication. Possible uses include sanitization of medical surfaces, anti-icing surfaces in airplanes, and strengthening lubrication of surfaces in automobile engines and gearing to reduce friction and improve efficiency.


Research Team

Hongtao Ding

Hongtao Ding, PhD

Director, Laser Materials Processing Lab
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Chemistry Communications Journal

ITI researchers' paper makes cover of prestigious journal

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
University of Iowa Technology Institute
The research findings of several University of Iowa scientists was featured on the front cover of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemical Communications journal.
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ITI seed grants empower researchers to reach for new knowledge

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
University of Iowa Technology Institute
A seed grant program launched by University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) to empower researchers to develop new theories, concepts, and approaches has been leveraged to secure externally funded research grants to advance knowledge and ultimately benefit society.