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Lino Costa

Research Assistant Professor


  • Propulsion – micro electric propulsion thrusters, emitters and microfluidics for cubesat applications.
  • Laser Materials Processing – alloying and cladding of surfaces, and net-shaping of refractory metals and cermets via additive manufacturing techniques, for extreme environment applications; femtosecond laser micromachining / microstructuring.
  • Nanomaterials – fabrication of mil-tall piles of polymer nanofibers via nanoimprinting methods; preparation of monodispersed nanodiamond-loaded compounds.
  • Energy Storage – performance of activated carbon fiber materials as electrodes in electric double layer storage devices.


  • Ph.D. in Materials Engineering – Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.
  • Licentiate in Physics – Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Professional Service

  • Member, Laser Institute of America
  • Reviewer-Rapid Prototyping Journal



  1.  V. Pensabene, L. Costa, A. Y. Terekhov, J. S. Gnecco, J. P. Wikswo, W. H. Hofmeister, Ultrathin Polymer Membranes with Patterned, Micrometric Pores for Organs-on-Chips, ACS applied materials & interfaces 8, 34, 22629-22636 (2016).
  2. L. H. Hofmeister, L. Costa, D. A. Balikov, S. W. Crowder, A. Terekhov, H.-J. Sung, W. H. Hofmeister, Patterned polymer matrix promotes stemness and cell-cell interaction of adult stem cells, Journal of Biological Engineering 9, 18 (2015).
  3. D. Rajput, L. Costa, K. Lansford, A. Terekhov, W. Hofmeister, Solution-cast high-aspect-ratio polymer structures from direct-write templates, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 5, 1, 1-5 (2013).
  4. G. A. Wright, L. Costa, A. Terekhov, D. Jowhar, W. Hofmeister, C. Janetopoulos, On-Chip Open Microfluidic Devices for Chemotaxis Studies, Microscopy and Microanalysis 18, 04, 816-828 (2012).
  5. D. Rajput, L. Costa, A. Terekhov, K. Lansford, W. Hofmeister, Silica coating of polymer nanowires produced via nanoimprint lithography from femtosecond laser machined templates, Nanotechnology 23, 10 (2012).
  6. L. Costa, A. Terekhov, D. Rajput, W. Hofmeister, D. Jowhar, G. Wright, C. Janetopoulos, Femtosecond laser machined microfluidic devices for imaging of cells during chemotaxis, Journal of Laser Applications 23, 4, (2011).
  7. L. Costa, R. Vilar, Laser Powder Deposition, Rapid Prototyping Journal 15, 4, 264-279 (2009).
  8. L. Costa, K. Lansford, D. Rajput, W. Hofmeister, Unique corrosion and wear-resistant identification tags via LISITM laser marking, Surface & Coatings Technology 203, 1984-1990 (2009).
  9. D. Rajput, K. Lansford, L. Costa, W. Hofmeister, Molybdenum-on-chromium dual coating on steel, Surface & Coatings Technology 203, 1281-1287 (2009).
  10. L. Costa, R. Vilar, T. Reti, A. M. Deus, Rapid tooling by laser powder deposition: process simulation using finite element analysis, Acta Materialia 53, 3987–3999 (2005).

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