Prof Lin Li


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Prof Lin  Li
Role: Professor of Laser Engineering, Director of Laser Processing Centre LPRC
         BSc, PhD, DIC, FREng, CEng, FIET, FLIA, FCIRP

Room number: H11, Pariser
Telephone: 306 3816 External Number: +44 (0)161 306 3816
Fax:+44 (0) 161 306 3803, 01613063803
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Professional biography

Professor Li, FREng, obtained a BSc degree in control engineering from Dalian University of Technology in 1982, and a PhD degree in Laser Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1989. He then worked at Liverpool University as a Research Associate in the area of laser welding, in-process sensing and laser surface engineering. In 1994 he was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). He set-up the first high power laser processing research laboratory and research group at UMIST. In 2000, he was promoted to a full Professor, Chair of Laser Engineering. He founded the Laser Processing Research Centre (LPRC) in 2000. His management roles within the university since 2000 include Director of Laser Processing Research Centre, Head of Manufacturing Research Group, Director of Research, Deputy Head of School and member of Senate of the University of Manchester. Professor Li is a member of Editorial Board for 10 journals. He is a member Board of Directors of Laser Institute of America, Member of Executive Committee of Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU), Chairman of Process and Product Innovations Group of AILU, a member of Advanced Design and Manufacturing National Technical Committee and Co-Director of Northwest Laser Engineering Consortium (since 2005). Professor Li is the author and co-author of over 500 publications in peer reviewed journals and proceedings of international conferences in laser processing science and technology, and advanced manufacturing. He is the inventor/co-inventor of 47 patents relating to laser processing technology. Professor Li received Arthur Charles Main Award from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2001 for work in laser based nuclear decommissioning technology and received Sir Frank Whittle Medal from Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013 for engineering innovations in manufacturing. He is a charted engineer and has been elected to Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow of Laser Institute of America (LIA), Fellow of International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and Fellow of International Association of Nanomanufacturing.




Research Center:

Research interests

  • Drilling (thermal barrier coated Ni alloys, carbon composites etc)
  • Cutting (composite materials, ceramics, striation-free cutting of metals, pipes and vessels)
  • Welding (dissimilar materials, light alloys, composites and ceramics, graphene, thick sections)
  • Surface engineering (hardening, coating, cladding, sealing cracks/porosity, texturing, cleaning)
  • Additive manufacturing (rapid tooling, rapid manufacturing, repair, re-manufacturing)
  • Micro-machining for medical and re-newable energy applications
  • Nano-manufacturing (nano-surface structures, nano-particles)
  • Hybrid manufacturing (laser-EDM machining, laser/mechanical machining, laser/arc welding)
  • Modelling of laser interactions with materials and effects
  • Nano-imaging
List of Postgraduate research projects is available on Research themes pages


  • Engineering Design (3rd Year UG, Mech. Eng) - module leader
  • Advanced Production Technology (3rd year UG and MSc)
  • 3D Product Modelling and Rapid Prototyping (4th Year and MSc)
  • Micro/Nano Fabrication (4th year UG and MSc) - module leader

Teaching Unit(s):

  • MACE11012 Manufacturing Engineering
  • MACE30122 Advanced Production Processes
  • MACE45222 Micro and Nano-Fabrication
  • MACE61073 3D Product Modelling, Reverse Engineering & Rapid Manufacture
  • MACE61075 Advanced Manufacturing Processes

Teaching materials are available in Blackboard
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