NCLA - National Centre for Laser Applications

Dr. Gerard O'Connor
Centre Director
Tel: 091 493595
Health & Medical Technologies
Manufacturing and Materials

The National Centre for Laser Applications (NCLA), based in the School of Physics in NUI Galway, is a research centre focussed on the area of laser materials processing. The NCLA has a wealth of experience in research both applied and fundamental research:

  • Industry-led research in laser materials processing applications
  • Research Services for Industry & Academia (Metrology & Characterisation)
  • Proprietary Research & Technology Development
  • Fundamental Research in Short Pulse Laser-Material-Ambient Interactions
  • Laser enabled printed electronics and printed biomaterials.
  • Graduate Education / Industry sponsored postgraduate programmes
  • Contributes to SFI Research Centres CURAM and I-Form
  • Laser Technology Training Courses & Consultancy
Research Themes:
  • Laser-Material-Ambient-Interaction
  • Laser enabled additive manufacturing
  • Ultrashort & Short Pulse laser Ablation Dynamics
  • Nanoparticle Generation
  • Real-time Monitoring & Diagnostics of Laser Material Interactions
  • Computational Modelling
      Research Partners:
      • University of Limerick
      • University College Cork
      • Cork Institute of Technology
      • Waterford Institute of Technology
      • Dublin City University