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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 almost 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 140 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 £5 million since 2001, £2.3 million since 2014. Recent and current work has involved the 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 2010 2019

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., 11 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 801, p. 327-342 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Shot peening
Titanium alloys

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., 14 May 2019, In : Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals. (In-press), p. (in-press) 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Shot peening
Electric arc welding

Estimation of laser shock peening induced plastic deformation in Hastelloy-X superalloys

Nath, S., Shukla, P., Shen, X., Lawrence, J. & Behera, A., 24 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Old City Publishing, p. (In-Press), 25 p.

Research output: Working paper

Hastelloy (trademark)
heat resistant alloys
plastic deformation

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).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Open Access
3D printers
Aluminum alloys
Shot peening
Residual stresses

Activities 1998 2017

  • 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

Association of Industrial Laser Users (External organisation)

Jonathan Lawrence (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

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