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Lino Costa

Lino Costa

Lino Costa

Research Assistant Professor


Research Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering

University of Tennessee Space Institute
411 B.H. Goethert Parkway, MS 35
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700

Phone: 931-393-7236


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

Professional Experience

  • 2010 – Research Assistant Professor – UT Space Institute.
  • 2005-2010 – Research Associate – UT Space Institute.


  • 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.

Representative Publications

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • L. Costa, R. Vilar, Laser Powder Deposition, Rapid Prototyping Journal 15, 4, 264-279 (2009).
  • 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).
  • D. Rajput, K. Lansford, L. Costa, W. Hofmeister, Molybdenum-on-chromium dual coating on steel, Surface & Coatings Technology 203, 1281-1287 (2009).
  • 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).

Patents and Patent Applications

  • W. H. Hofmeister, L. Hofmeister, A. Y. Terekhov, L. Costa; Biomimetic Cell Culture Substrates; Publication number: US20160222345 A1; Publication type: Application; Application number: US 15/014,762; Filed on 03 February 2016.
  • C. Janetopoulos, G. Wright, W. Hofmeister, L. Costa, and A. Terekhov; Open microfluidic devices for chemotaxis, methods of using same, and applications of same; Publication number: US20140308207 A1; Publication type: Application; Application number: US 14254228; Filed on 16 April 2014.
  • W. Hofmeister, A. Terekhov, L. Costa, K. Lansford, D. Rajput, and L. Davis; Nanostructures from Laser-ablated Nanohole Templates; Publication number: US20130216779 A1; Publication type: Application; Application number: US 13769575; Filed on 18 February 2013.
  • R. Vilar, F. Simoes, L. Costa, A. Utkin, A. Lavrov; LIDAR system controlled by computer for smoke identification applied, in particular, to early stage forest fire detection; U. S. Patent # 7,164,468; 16 January 2007.