Advanced Laser Materials Processing and Energy Technology Lab.
Kang Group research areas: Our advanced laser materials processing research area is composed of light-matter interaction studies, advanced manufacturing and applications. Our Energy technology division is composed of in-situ characterization studies, piezoelectrochemical energy harvesting and lithium ion battery research.

Our group focuses on two research areas: advanced laser materials processing and energy technology.

In advanced laser materials processing, ultrafast lasers are used to understand light-matter interactions and to develop direct-writing techniques to fabricate functional material structures in 2D and 3D. Ultrafast lasers allow confinement in temporal space, in addition to the spatial component, enabling increased control over heat transfer and photon dynamics for various applications. In energy technology, we explore various energy storage materials and perform characterization studies to acquire fundamental understanding of the energy storage mechanism.

The two research areas create a synergy through exchange of fundamental knowledge acquired in each area and by utilizing laser processing techniques as a powerful tool-kit to ablate, modify, or create materials. Our long term goal is to resolve the imbalance between theoretical advancements and experimental realizations and to aid in technology transfer from lab-scale to manufacturing. For example, development in advanced laser materials processing techniques will resolve many problems arising during large-scale manufacturing and the understanding gained from studying the mechano-electrochemical coupling will resolve the mechanical stress evolution issue which is one of the main problems in large-scale manufacturing of energy storage systems.


  • 2021 Alda Center’s Women in STEM Leadership Program
    Dr. Kang is participating in the 2021 Alda Center’s Women in STEM Leadership Program. Our group welcomes anyone who’s interested in laser processing applications and energy storage! 🙂  
    Posted on November 9, 2021
  • New publication
    Investigating Mechano-Electrochemical Coupling Phenomenon in Lithium-Ion Pouch Cells Using In-situ Neutron Diffraction
    Posted on October 7, 2021
  • Invited talk @ Wesleyan University 11/04
    Dr. Kang will give an invited talk on “Use of light in advanced additive manufacturing: from digital light processing to ultrafast laser direct writing” at Wesleyan University on Nov 04.
    Posted on September 20, 2021

Contact the Kang Group

Phone: (860) 486-5934
Address: University of Connecticut
Engineering Science Building #511
181 Auditorium Rd.
Storrs CT 06269