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

Title/Position
Faculty Affiliate, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Laser Materials Processing Lab;
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hongtao Ding is associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Laser Materials Processing Lab.

News

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ITI seed grants empower researchers to reach for new knowledge

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.
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Hands-on research brings education to life for ITI students honored on UI President's list

Iowa Technology Institute students were among the 8,500 UI students named to the Dean’s List.
Hongtao Ding

Hongtao Ding

Director, Laser Materials Processing Lab

Associate professor of mechanical engineering

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  hongtao-ding@uiowa.edu

 

   

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