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Prof Ken Watkins

Professor of Laser Engineering School of Engineering

Research

Research Interest 1

I am no longer research active but retain an interest in study of mechanisms of laser-materials interaction in the areas of laser cleaning, laser forming, laser surface treatment, direct laser deposition and laser micro and nano processes. The application of lasers in the fields of aerospace, general engineering, biomaterials, art conservation and medicine are areas of special interest.

Research Grants

Building a Sustainable Future for UK Printable Electronics 2

NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (UK)

January 2010 - March 2011

Transfer of knowledge in laser microprocessing (LASMICROTOK).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

May 2005 - April 2009

Laser surface treatment technologies for enhanced competitiveness in European industry. (LASCLAD).

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY (LUXEMBOURG)

November 1998 - April 2001

Direct laser point of process material synthesis using SolGel chemistry.

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

December 2005 - December 2007

KE-LAS

EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

April 2009 - June 2015

New improved orthopaedical implants with laser processed bioactive coatings (ORTHOLASER).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

June 1997 - November 2001

Virtual European Laser Institute (VELI).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

June 2001 - June 2004

Development of a novel, laser based manufacturing process for production of reduced cost, enhanced performance single point diamond tipped tools (DIALASE).

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

December 2000 - May 2003

Novel laser processes for microtechnology.

NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (UK)

September 2005 - March 2009

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

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2010 - August 2011

Passive RFID Integrated Sensor Matrix (PRISM)

INNOVATE UK (UK)

September 2008 - August 2010

KEL09/15 - Dynamic Beam Profile Modulation: A Single Multidirectional Solution for Laser Surface Heat Treatments

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

July 2010 - March 2011

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

HIGHER EDUCATION FUND COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND (UK)

January 2000 - December 2002

Ultrafast Fibre Lasers for Material Processing and Imaging Applications.

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

April 2006 - March 2008

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

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

June 2004 - December 2009

Research on photon cleaning from tokamak relevant materials.

UNITED KINGDOM ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY (UK)

January 2002 - March 2003

High Throughput Precision Parallel Laser Micro-processing (PARALASE)

INNOVATE UK (UK)

October 2008 - September 2011

Sustainable approach to digital printing and imaging (SUADIP)

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UK)

January 2007 - January 2010

Digital Recognition Features in Coins by Laser Surface Treatment.

ROYAL MINT (UK)

June 1999 - June 2007

Laser Forming of Aerospace Alloys - A Direct Fabrication Technique.

ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

September 2000 - August 2003