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Lino Costa

Lino Costa

Lino Costa

Research Associate Professor
MABE Department


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

  • 2022 – Research Associate Professor – UT Space Institute.
  • 2010-2022 – Research Assistant Professor – UT Space Institute.
  • 2005-2010 – Research Associate – UT Space Institute.


  • Electric Micro-Propulsion – electrospray thrusters and ionic liquid propellants for cubesats.
  • Ultrafast Laser Materials Processing – microfluidics for biomedical research applications; advanced micromachining and patterning of materials.
  • Nano Imprinting – fabrication of mil-tall piles of polymer nanofibers.
  • Nanofluids – synthesis and characterization.
  • Diamond electronics – fabrication, testing and characterization.

Representative Publications

  • A. Terekhov, B. K. Canfield, J. M. Jones, T. M. Moeller, L. Costa, Ultrafast laser fabrication of capillary electrospray emitter arrays, Lasers in Engineering 49, 4-6, 353-359 (2021). 
  • J. M. Jones, T. M. Moeller, L. Costa, B. K. Canfield, A. Terekhov, Numerical investigation of the effects of geometry and materials on the onset voltage of electrospray emitters, Journal of Electrostatics 108, 103487 (2020). 
  • B. K. Canfield, L. Costa, D. Rajput, A. Terekhov, K. Lansford, W. H. Hofmeister, L. M. Davis, Machining of micrometer-scale high aspect ratio features with single femtosecond laser pulses, Journal of Laser Applications 32, 3, 032021 (2020).
  • 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

  • J. L. V. Costa, T. M. Moeller, J. M. Jones, B. K. Canfield, A. Y. Terekhov, J. H. Howell; Micro Scalable Thrusters for Adaptive Mission Profiles in Space – μSTAMPS; U. S. Patent application # 17/548,446, Filed 10 December 2021 and published 23 June 2022.
  • A. R. Lubinsky, B. K. Canfield, J. A. Johnson, R. L. Leonard, A. Y. Terekhov, J. L. V. da Costa, A. F. Howansky; Structured Glass-Ceramic Scintillators, U.S. Patent application # 63/254,632, Filed October 12, 2021.
  • W. H. Hofmeister, A. Y. Terekhov, J. L. V. da Costa, K. S. Lansford, D. Rajput, and L. M. Davis; Nanostructures from Laser-ablated Nanohole Templates; U. S. Patent # 11,155,007; 26 October 2021. 
  • W. H. Hofmeister, L. Hofmeister, A. Y. Terekhov, L. Costa; Biomimetic Cell Culture Substrates; U. S. Patent # 10,941,380; 09 March 2021. 
  • W. H. Hofmeister, A. Y. Terekhov, L. Costa; Method of fabricating semipermeable Ultrathin Polymer Membranes; U. S. Patent # 10,758,902; 01 September 2020. 
  • 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.