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Research projects are funded by:

Research interests:

  • Laser materials processing, laser-assisted advanced manufacturing
  • Modeling of laser-matter interaction
  • Micro/nanoscale manufacturing, additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Advanced materials processing towards applications in soft robotics, energy storage, biomedical engineering, etc.

Selected external funded projects:

  • DOE, REMADE, Hybrid Laser Processing for Metallic Surface Remanufacturing, 08/2022-08/2024, total award: $881,200 (PI Y. Liao)
  • Iowa Energy Center, Advanced 3D Optical Sensing and Peening Technologies for Crack Mitigation in Natural Gas Pipelines, 10/2021-10/2023, total award: $297,258 (PI. B. Li, Co-PI Y. Liao)
  • NSF, CMMI-1825739, Collaborative Research: Nanodiamond Particle Fabrication by Confined Laser Shock Detonation for Drug Delivery and Other Applications, 08/2018-08/2021, total award: $225,135 (PI Y. Liao)
  • NSF, CMMI-1826392, Collaborative Research: Photon-Enabled Atomic Drilling of Graphene for Supercapacitors, 08/2018-08/2021, total award: $270,000 (PI Y. Liao, Co-PI Y. Wang)
  • NSF, CMMI-1809852, Collaborative Research: Microengineered electroactive polymer strain sensors towards soft self-powered wearable cyber-physical systems, 08/2018-08/2021, total award:  $299,865 (PI M. Aureli, Co-PI Y. Liao)
  • NASA, RID, Development of Structural Metals with Superior Impact Resistance Using Laser Processing for Advanced NASA Applications, 10/2018-06/2019, total award: $50,000 (PI Y. Liao)
  • NSF, DGE-1723814, Longitudinal Injection of Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Awareness into Engineering Curricula, 09/2017-08/2019, total award: $300,000, (PI S. Sengupta, Senior Personnel Y. Liao)
  • NSF, CMMI-1726897, MRI: Acquisition of Focused Ion Beam-Scanning Electron Microscope for Nanofabrication and Characterization, 09/2017-08/2020, total award: $914,374, (PI D. Chandra, Senior Personnel Y. Liao)
  • Industry Grant, SNOWLION US, Design and Manufacturing of Novel Ice-breaking and Snow-removing equipment (Phase I), 08/2017-01/2018, total award: $40,000, (PI Y. Liao)
  • Industry Grant, SNOWLION US, Design and Manufacturing of Novel Ice-breaking and Snow-removing equipment (Phase II), 02/2018-10/2018, total award: $45,000, (PI Y. Liao)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Enhanced Durability of Structural Steels through a Novel Additive Manufacturing Process, 08/2015-08/2016, total award: $10,000, (PI Y. Liao)

Selected internal funding:

  • Differential Fees Committee, College of Engineering, UNR: “Development of Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory”, July 2017, $129,000, (PI Y. Liao)
  • Differential Fees Committee, College of Engineering, UNR: “Acquisition of lab safety equipment and a dip coater for ME courses and summer camp”, April 2017, $6,000, (PI Y. Liao)