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Dr. Krystian Wlodarczyk     Research Associate

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK


Office: EM G.24 / JN 1.29

Phone: +44 (0) 131 451 3105

Email: K.L.Wlodarczyk@hw.ac.uk

Research Profile: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/krystian-wlodarczyk



Krystian became a researcher of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions in September 2016.  His research project is focused on the laser-based manufacture of three dimensional replicas of porous structures which later can be used for the validation of simulations of the flow and reactive transport processes occurring in porous media.

Krystian graduated from the Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) in 2006 with a MSc (mgr inż.) degree in Electronics and Telecommunication and from Heriot-Watt University in 2011 with a PhD degree in Physics. His PhD research project involved CO2 laser micro-machining of optical glasses and the investigation of new applications for CO2 laser polishing. Following his PhD study, Krystian joined the High Power Laser Applications (HPLA) group (http://www.aop.hw.ac.uk/) as a Research Associate (RA) in May 2011. In September 2013, he also became a member of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes (http://www.cim-laser.ac.uk).

Research interests:

Krystian's research is focused on the investigation and development of laser-based processes for precision manufacturing. This includes CO2 laser polishing and ultrashort-pulsed laser micromachining of optical glass substrates, high-speed laser cutting and drilling of thin flex glass, laser texturing and marking of metals (in particular the manufacture of ‘hard-to-replicate’ security markings). His research interest also includes the use of adaptive optics (piezoelectric deformable mirrors, spatial light modulators, digital micro-mirror devices, etc.) for laser machining applications. Krystian has collaborated with a large number of external research partners, including Renishaw, M-Solv, PowerPhotonic, SPI Lasers, MAN Diesel & Turbo, SISMA, Atlas Elektronik, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) and Cranfield University.

Recent Publications:

  1. K.L. Wlodarczyk et al., “Tamper-proof markings for the identification and traceability of high-value metal goods,” Optics Express 25 (13), pp. 15216- 15230 (2017)

  2. K.L. Wlodarczyk et. al, “Laser spot welding of laser textured steel to aluminium,” Journal of Materials Processing Technology 241, pp. 24-35 (2017)

  3.  K.L. Wlodarczyk et al., “Direct CO2 laser-based generation of holographic structures on the surface of glass,” Optics Express 24 (2), pp. 1447- 1462 (2016)

  4. K.L. Wlodarczyk et al., “Picosecond laser cutting and drilling of thin flex glass,” Optics and Lasers in Engineering 78, pp. 64-74 (2016)

  5. K.L. Wlodarczyk et al., “Laser microsculpting for the generation of robust diffractive security markings on the surface of metals,” Journal of Materials Processing Technology 222, pp. 206-218 (2015)

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