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Prof Geoff Dearden Ph.D.

Professor Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Eng

Research

Research Interest 1

Laser engineering; Laser materials processing; Laser ignition; laser-material interactions; FE & process modelling of laser applications

Research Grants

Combined Laser Additive Manufacturing and Subtractive Surface Finishing (CLASS)

INNOVATE UK (UK)

October 2017 - March 2019

Cockcroft Institute Core Grant

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (STFC)

April 2017 - March 2025

Design for and of the complete AM process chain (ENCOMPASS)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

October 2016 - February 2020

Laser Ignition - A Twinning Collaboration for Frontier Research in Eco-Friendly Fuel-Saving Combustion (LASIG-TWIN).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

January 2016 - December 2018

KE-LAS

EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

April 2009 - June 2015

Passive RFID Integrated Sensor Matrix (PRISM)

INNOVATE UK (UK)

September 2008 - August 2010

Research of picosecond regenerative amplifier and multi-beam laser processing.

DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS (UK)

March 2015 - September 2017

High Power Carbon Dioxide Laser Facility at the University of Liverpool.

HIGHER EDUCATION FUND COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND (UK)

January 2000 - December 2002

Integrated programme of research in aeronautical engineering: Affordable manufacturing for composite and metallic airframe.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

June 2004 - December 2009

Towards In-Combustion-Event Feedback (ICEF) Control by Laser Ignition

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

August 2012 - March 2016

Laser Forming of Aerospace Alloys - A Direct Fabrication Technique.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2000 - August 2003

Novel laser processes for microtechnology.

NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (UK)

September 2005 - March 2009

Laser forming for the correction of distortion and design shape in aluminium structures.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

December 2003 - November 2005

Direct laser point of process material synthesis using SolGel chemistry.

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

December 2005 - December 2007

Ultrafast Fibre Lasers for Material Processing and Imaging Applications.

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

April 2006 - March 2008

KEL09/16 - Direct Writing of Functional Components for High Temperature Applications

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2010 - August 2011

Sustainable approach to digital printing and imaging (SUADIP)

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

January 2007 - January 2010

Modelling and experimental investigation of 3-dimensional laser forming metallic components.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

October 2002 - September 2004

High Throughput Precision Parallel Laser Micro-processing (PARALASE)

INNOVATE UK (UK)

October 2008 - September 2011

Research Collaborations

Mónica Fernández Arias

Project: Ultrafast laser production of functionalised nanoparticles
External: University of Vigo, Spain

Ultrafast laser production of functionalised nanoparticles

Juan Pou Saracho

Project: Ultrafast laser production of functionalised nanoparticles
External: University of Vigo, Spain

Ultrafast laser production of functionalised nanoparticles

Anders Thomsen

Project: Feedback Control of 3D Laser Forming
External: Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark

Feedback Control of 3D Laser Forming - design cases, control strategy & joint paper

Dieter Brűggemann

Project: EU H2020 'LASIG-TWIN'
External: Bayreuth University, Germany

Laser ignition – a twinning collaboration for frontier research in eco-friendly, fuel saving combustion

Mark Barwinkel

Project: EU H2020 'LASIG-TWIN'
External: Bayreuth University, Germany

Laser ignition – a twinning collaboration for frontier research in eco-friendly, fuel saving combustion

Erik Beckert

Project: EU H2020 'LASIG-TWIN'
External: Fraunhofer IOF, Jena, Germany

Laser ignition – a twinning collaboration for frontier research in eco-friendly, fuel saving combustion

Nicolaie Pavel

Project: EU H2020 'LASIG-TWIN'
External: Romanian National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics (INFLPR)

Laser ignition – a twinning collaboration for frontier research in eco-friendly, fuel saving combustion

Laurent Zimmer

Project: EU H2020 'LASIG-TWIN'
External: Laboratoire EM2C, CentraleSupélec, France

Laser ignition – a twinning collaboration for frontier research in eco-friendly, fuel saving combustion

Ling Zhang

Project: Research of picosecond regenerative amplifier and multi-beam laser processing
External: China Academy of Sciences, Institute of Semiconductors, Beijing

Royal Society Newton Fund International Exchange

Francesco Poletti

External: University of Southampton

Hollow core fibres for pulsed laser beam delivery

Alexey Tepikin

Internal

Optical trapping (laser tweezers) in organellar electrophysiology

Olivier Allegre

External: University of Manchester, UK

High-throughput ultrashort pulse laser processing using spatial light modulation

Martin Blechschmidt

External: AUDI AG

Laser forming

Reza Valizadeh

External: ASTEC, Daresbury

Surface structuring of accelerator components with ultra-short pulse lasers

Jon Major

Internal

Solar cells from laser sintered, earth-abundant colloidal nanocrystals thin films

Frank Jaeckel

Internal

Solar cells from laser sintered, earth-abundant colloidal nanocrystals thin films

Ahmed Elsheikh

Internal

Fabrication routes for biomechanic sensors (laser process input).

Yi Pan

External: Durham University

Laser processed surfaces for THz thermal energy harvesting devices.

Jude Curran

Internal

Study of cell interactions with laser structured surfaces.

Andrew Fogg

Internal

Chemical analysis of silver inks irradiated by laser, to understand curing mechanisms.

Juan de Damborenea

External: National Centre for Metallurgical Research (CENIM), Madrid

Student placement at Liverpool for work on tribological effects of laser surface texturing; leading to joint papers & future EU project.

Laurence Hardwick

Internal

Structuring of battery electrodes with ultra short pulse lasers

Paul Harris

External: Brunel University

Multi-beam picosecond laser patterning of silver on Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET); joint paper.

Rasmita Raval

Internal

Minor support to antimicrobial TSB bid, to provide access to laser based experiments.

Simon Reid

External: Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Making It (Advanced Manufacturing) initiative and work on UoL/LJMU application to BIS UEZ (Sensor City).

Graham Johnson

External: BAE Systems

Contract R&D with LLEC on laser machining.

Shuo Shang

External: North Eastern University, Shenyang, China

NEU students into Lasers MSc at Liverpool. Advice on setting up R&D facility for collaboration on macro scale processes (offshore sector).

Andrew Kingsley

External: Sigma Aldrich

Northern Way funded project on consolidation of pre-cursor ink formulations with laser.

Paolo Paoletti

Project: ENCOMPASS
Internal

Process sensing, sensor fusion and data analytics in laser additive manufacture

Joerg Schille

External: Laserinstitut Hochschule Mittweida

Ultra short pulse laser engineering and materials processing.

Chris Sutcliffe

Project: EU H2020 'ENCOMPASS'; Innovate UK 'CLASS'
Internal

Pulsed laser process techniques to support Laser Powder Bed Fusion development

Jiang Cheng

External: YTPE, Shenyang

R&D contract for bespoke laser material processing application development.

Dun Liu

External: Hubei University of Technology

Research collaboration on ultra short pulse laser parallel processing using novel dynamic beam diffraction methods; exchange of research staff through secondment and a joint (journal) publication is planned.

Richard Potter

Internal

Laser micro-processing and materials property evaluation.

John Dawson

External: University of York

Laser based direct write of antenna materials and their electromagnetic design & testing.

H Ouyang

Internal

Laser welding, mechanical testing & modelling of lightweight steel sandwich panel structures

Rachel Williams

Internal

David Edgar

Internal

Robin Pittson

External: Gwent Group

Research on laser based Direct Write methods using novel ink formulations; partner in TSB project (PRISM)

Miles Padgett

External: University of Glasgow

Optical tweezer applications at the engineering interface

Lin Li

External: University of Manchester, UK

Research on laser micro engineering applications for Northwest industry

Zhu Liu

External: University of Manchester, UK

Research on laser micro engineering applications for Northwest industry

Michael Schmidt

External: Bavarian Laser Zentrum, University of Erlangen, Germany

Laser materials processing applications research, including researcher exchange projects

Diana Zimmerman

External: Ford Motor Company

Research on laser ignition in IC engines for enhanced engine control and performance

Andrew Mills

External: Cranfield University

Research on laser based deposition of sensors onto / within composite material structures

Greg Gibbons

External: University of Warwick

Research into laser based deposition of functional components and sensors for use in composites and composite tooling technology

Richard Martukanitz

External: Pennsylvania State University

Research (including student exchange) on laser based sensing techniques for laser and hybrid laser welding for industrial applications

Wesley Cantwell

Internal

Research into laser forming of novel composite materials and structures for aerospace and other industrial applications

Martin Wirth

External: Ford Motor Company

Research on laser ignition in IC engines for enhanced engine control and performance

Andy Scarisbrick

External: Ford Motor Company

Research on laser ignition in IC engines for enhanced engine control and performance

Tom Shenton

Internal

Research on laser ignition in IC engines for enhanced control and efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and environmental emissions

Brian Ginty

External: BAE Systems

Laser processing for manufacturing applications in the aerospace sector

Andrew Moore

External: Heriot-Watt University

Research on laser bending / laser forming for aerospace applications; optical surface analysis techniques for control of the laser forming process

Jagjit Sidhu

External: BAE Systems

Research on laser processing and applications, primarily comprising laser forming and laser based direct write microfabrication technologies

Graham Schleyer

Internal

Research on laser welding of aluminium alloy structures for potential enhanced impact and blast resistance under dynamic loading

Mo Naeem

External: GSI Group, Rugby, UK

Materials processing applications of lasers

Ken Watkins

Internal

High power laser processing applications research; technology transfer & training in laser technology

Stuart Edwardson

Internal

Laser engineering; laser material processing; modelling of laser processes.