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 Lin Li, a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, holds a chair of laser engineering, Director of Laser Processing Research Centre at The University of Manchester UK. He has over 560 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings and 47 patents related to laser processing and photonic science. He was elected to Fellow of International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Fellow of Laser Institute of America (LIA). He serves on the editorial boards of 11 international journals and is a director of Laser Institute of America, President of International Academy of Photonics and Laser Engineering (IAPLE), Chairman of Process and Product Innovation Group of Association of Laser Users (AILU), and a member of UK Advanced Design and Manufacturing National Technical Committee. He has been the chairman of 36th and 37th MATADOR international conferences on advanced manufacturing. 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 the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013 for his outstanding and sustained achievements in engineering innovations in manufacturing that has led to wide commercial applications. In 2014 he received Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society for his research on laser nano-fabrication and nano-imaging, and received the Researcher of the Year medal in Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester in 2014. Professor Li is an inventor of the microsphere super-resolution optical nanoscope with a 50 nm resolution, published in Nature Communications in 2011 and reported worldwide including BBC and New York Times. Professor Li obtained his 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 worked at University of Liverpool during 1988-1994 as a postdoctoral research associate in high power laser engineering. He started his academic career at UMIST in 1994 and was promoted to a full professor in 2000. He set-up the first high power laser processing research laboratory and research group at UMIST (University of Manchester Science and Technology) and founded the Laser Processing Research Centre in 2000. He served as Director of Research and Deputy Head of School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering during 2009-2013, and Head of Manufacturing Research Group during 2004-2014.


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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