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Professor Lawrence is Academic Research Director of Manufacturing in the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, and heads up the Manufacturing and Materials Engineering Division. He has been active in laser materials processing and associated fields of research for 25 years. His main research contribution has been in the area of laser surface engineering science and technology, with particular emphasis on using lasers for wettability characteristics modification, improving the biocompatibility of materials and laser shock peening (LSP). Professor Lawrence has also developed new science and approaches to bonding and welding of a wide range of materials, as well as a technique for the laser ignition of gas turbines. He has presented and published widely in these areas - with eight books, 10 book chapters and over 160 international journal papers. His work has yielded six patents relating to the novel use of lasers and laser materials processing. His research has attracted funding from bodies such as EPSRC, DTI, Innovate UK, Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), BEIS, international government sources, and national and international industry; amounting to over £6 million since 2001, £3.1 million since 2014. Recent and current work has involved the H1perChain - Developing the UK’s Long-term Capabilities and Supply Chain in the Design, Build and Manufacture of Zero Tailpipe Emission Vehicles, H1PERBAT – High Performance Battery Pilot Facility and Optipress – Stepped Change in Precision and Strength Optimisation Capability for Steel Fabrications. Professor Lawrence is Editor-in-Chief of Lasers in Engineering and the International Journal of Laser Science: Fundamental Theory and Analytical Methods. He serves on the editorial boards of three international academic journals and is a Steering Committee Member for the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU).


Research Interests

Laser Materials Processing; Materials Science and Engineering; Surface Engineering; Wettability and Adhesion; Joining and Welding; Biotechnology; Ignition; Industry 4.0




Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, National Institute of Education

12 Jul 200218 Apr 2003

Doctorate, University of Manchester

10 Oct 199521 Jun 1999

Degree, University of Bradford

10 Oct 19918 Jul 1994

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Research Output

Optimization of TIG welding parameters using a hybrid Nelder Mead - Evolutionary algorithms method

Jones, S., Lawrence, J. & Tabor, J., 10 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing. 4, 1, 22 p., 10.

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    Alteration of Wetting Properties of Orthopaedic Titanium Alloy (Ti-6Al-7Nb) using Laser Shock Peening

    Shen, X., Shukla, P., Swanson, P., An, Z., Prabhakaran, S., Waugh, D., Nie, X., Mee, C., Nakhodchi, S. & Lawrence, J., 15 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 801, p. 327-342 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Effect of Laser Shock Peening on Commercially Pure Titanium-1 Weldment Fabricated by Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Technique

    Varin, S., Agarwal, M., Chugh, A., Manikandan, M., Prabhakaran, S., Kalainathan, S., Shukla, P., Lawrence, J. & Arivazhagan, N., Jun 2019, In : Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals. 72, 6, p. 1569–1573 5 p.

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  • Influence of Interpass Temperature on Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) of Aluminium Alloy Components

    Derekar, K., Lawrence, J., Melton, G. B., Addison, A., Zhang, X. & Xu, L., 22 Feb 2019, MATEC Web of Conferences. EDP Sciences, Vol. 269. 6 p. 5001. (MATEC Web of Conferences).

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    • 31 Publication peer-review
    • 4 Editorial activity
    • 3 Participation in conference
    • 1 Membership of committee

    International Journal of Peening Science & Technology (Journal)

    Jonathan Lawrence (Peer Reviewer)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    International Journal of Wettability Science and Technology (Journal)

    Jonathan Lawrence (Editorial Board Member)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Industrial Laser Applications Symposium

    Jonathan Lawrence (Organiser)
    22 Mar 201723 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    International Journal of Laser Science: Fundamental Theory and Analytical Methods (Journal)

    Jonathan Lawrence (Editor)
    16 Sep 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Association of Industrial Laser Users (External organisation)

    Jonathan Lawrence (Member)
    2016 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee