2 December 2015

Laser Surface Engineering

  • Sector: Surface Engineering
  • Location: Thornton Science Park, Ince, Cheshire
  • Attendees: All welcome


About this workshop

We are very pleased to invite you to participate in this event at the newly opened Laser Engineering and Manufacturing Research Centre (LEMRC) within the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park. Laser Surface Engineering covers a wide range of applications where industrial lasers are used to change the mechanical, electrical or magnetic properties of a surface. Industries which are applying this technology include the automotive, aerospace, energy, military and medical device manufacturing. As well as hearing some of the research being carried out in this field, you will have the opportunity to hear and see some of the latest technology applied by laser manufacturers and a range of innovative applications identified by end users which are already used or soon to be exploited. At the end of the afternoon there will be an opportunity to tour our facilities.

Jonathan Lawrence
Workshop Chair

Professor Jonathan Lawrence is Director of the LEMRC based in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Chester. He has been involved in laser material processing research for 20 years.

**Download event flyer here**


08:45-09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30-09:40 Introduction - Jonathan Lawrence (University of Chester)

09:40-11.10 SESSION 1

Excimer laser surface modification
Zhu Liu (University of Manchester)

Surface Texturing by Ultrashort Laser: a roadmap from laboratory to industry
Girolamo Mincuzzi (Alphanov)

Bio-inspired scale-like surfaces created by laser texturing and their tribology
Christian Greiner (KIT)

New surfaces for new applications
Martin Sharp (Liverpool John Moores University)

11.10-11:40 Refreshments & Exhibition

11:40- 12:40 SESSION 2

Laser peening of ballistic armour plates
Pratik Shukla (University of Chester)

Laser surface engineering: A journey from implants to platforms
David Waugh (University of Chester)

LIFT printing and laser sintering of wet inks for flexible electronics
Emeric Biver (Oxford Lasers)

12:40-13:40 Lunch & Exhibition

13:40-15:10 SESSION 3

Surface engineering in the photovoltaic industry
Chris Moore (Dyesol)

Surface engineering applications using short pulse lasers
Simon Howe (Fianium)

Surface engineering applications for high power diode lasers
Mark Daichendt (Laserline)

Surface engineering applications using fibre lasers
Mark Thompson (IPG Photonics)

15:10-15:40 Refreshments

15:40-16:20 Tour


The workshop will be followed by a tour of the Laser Engineering and Manufacturing Research Centre, Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Chester.


* AILU and supporting organisation members: £160 + VAT

* Non members: £195 + VAT

* Concessions: £65 + VAT (retired, unemployed); £45 + VAT (full time students)

* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): £155 + VAT

* Exhibitor (non-member): £195 + VAT

* Exhibitor plus delegate discount off total: £50 + VAT

Register online here

Fee includes a delegate pack, access to PDFs of key slides, lunch and refreshments.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

For more information or to register for the event please email or telephone the AILU office (+44 (0)1235 539595).


Building 40
Thornton Science Park
University of Chester
Pool Lane, Ince


Thorton Science Park is a secure site. Your name will be passed to Security at the the Gatehouse to allow access. You will be directed to Car Park B where there will be signs to Building 40 (event location).


On arrival you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day. The pack will include information for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU website after the event. A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) and refreshments throughout the day will be provided. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


The exhibition will be situated in a dedicated canteen area (see floor plan). Exhibitors can temporarily park outside the canteen to unload; access to the building is from 07:45. The exhibition will start at delegate registration (08:45) and end after the afternoon refreshment break (15:40). A table (approx 1.8m x0.75m) will be provided free. Backboards and table cloths are not provided. Feel free to bring a pop-up banner or your own stand. Mains power can be provided as required.


By road: The Google map at the top of the page shows the location of Thornton Science Park.

By rail: A taxi from Chester railway station takes about 20 minutes and costs approximately £15 (recommended taxi company: King Kabs 01244 343434).

By air: the closest international airports to Chester are Liverpool John Lennon Airport (approx. 25 miles) and Manchester Airport (approx. 34 miles).


Queen Hotel, Chester: delegates are able to use the University of Chester's corporate discount. The cost for a Tuesday or Wednesday is £74 a night. This includes bed and breakfast and is for single occupancy in a classic double room. Please state that you are attending an event at the University of Chester. The hotel is located next to Chester train station.

Hotels on the Hoole Road, Chester: These hotels are approximately 15-20 minutes car drive from the Thornton Science Park.

Contact Us

For any further information please contact the AILU Office:

T: +44 (0)1235 539595


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