Dr. Kris Lipinska

Associate Research Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Kris Lipinska

Dr. Kris Lipinska is an Associate Research Professor at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of UNLV, where she is the founder and she runs materials science laboratories called FAME-Tech Labs.

With a Ph.D. focused on materials science and laser spectroscopy, Dr. Lipinska 's main research interests include fundamental and applied studies of glasses and crystalline solids and processes that lead to design of novel types of advanced materials, with engineered microstructure and tunable properties.

Dr. Lipinska is a leading source of expertise in synthesis and structural, optical and thermal characterization of glasses and glass-ceramics for optical and other applications, examining the role of structure/property relationships on resulting performance. She has authored more than 100 publications, 1 patent, numerous proceedings and a few book chapters. Before joining UNLV, Dr. Lipinska was a post-doc at Oxford University/Physics, and held research and contract professor positions in prestigious institutions in France, Italy and Japan.

Dr. Lipinska has had extensive funded (government and other) research programs on use of glasses for hydrogen storage, on ceramics for ion exchange membranes, controlled nanocrystalization in glasses, luminescent properties of glasses and glass-ceramics , and the effects of pressures on the structure of materials. The areas of applications range from optical materials (amplifiers, fiber lasers), production of biofuels, materials for extreme environments, to bio-medical fields.

Dr. Lipinska's materials science labs were envisioned and built by her, with support of the U.S. Department of Energy. The labs became fully operational in Jan. 2013, under the umbrella of UNLV’s Harry Reid Center for Research. After the closure of that Center in June of 2013, Dr. Lipinska and her labs joined UNLV’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. Today FAME-Tech Labs are materials science labs composed of a Materials Synthesis cluster, an Optical Characterization cluster and a Materials at Extreme Environments cluster, all equipped with a state-of-the-art research instrumentation.

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July 2015:New MSc student and new glass-ceramics project in the lab! read more >

June 2015: Air Force Research Lab scientist visits labs: new collaboration. read more >

June 2015: New grant proposal submitted to NDOT! read more >

May 2015: Kris attends AFOSR program review in Arligton, VA . read more >

May 2015: New PhD graduate - Congrats! read more >

April 2015: New senior design students doing project in the lab. read more >

February 2015: New grant proposal submitted to Army Research Office! read more >

February 2015: Directors of American Ceramic Society visit the labs. read more >

February 2015: EPA research groups tour the labs. read more >

January 2015: Managers from Georgia Pacific Chemicals visit the labs. read more >

2014 - First Patent for FAME-Tech Labs! read more >

August 2014: New grant proposal on laser materials submitted to AFOSR with Georgia Institute of Technology. read more >

July 2014: Our research article was accepted for publication! read more >

June 2014: FAME-Tech Labs carried out analysis for and hosted a scientist from Molycorp, CA, the only mine in the US producing rare-earth elements. read more >

June 2014: Cesar, Alberto and Neema, Mechanical Engineering students, shot a short movie showcasing one year of their work on a project at FAME-Tech Labs: a Pressure Controller for a Diamond Anvil Cell. read more >

June 2014: FAME-Tech Labs partnered with colleagues from the Center for Materials & Structures, Mechanical Engineering, UNLV and with Georgia Institute of Technology in submitting a new grant proposal on shock and static compression of energetic materials. read more >

May 2014: Cesar, Alberto and Neema, Mechanical Engineering students, presented their Senior Design Project at the "13th Annual Discover the Future of Innovation" Event at UNLV on May 8, 2014. For a year they worked at FAME-Tech Labs to design and construct a Motorized Pressure Controller for a Diamond Anvil Cell. read more >

May 2014: FAME-Tech Labs partnered with colleagues from National Security Technologies in submitting grant proposals for research on new materials for radiation detection. read more >

April 2014: New research article accepted for publication with our colleagues from the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory and the Universitites of Bremen and Koeln in Germany. read more >

March 2014: Our research on mullite ceramics is presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the German Crystallographic Society in Berlin. read more >

February 2014: New research article submitted for publication. read more >

February 2014: Visit of Dr. Stas Sinogeikin, Associate Director of the High Pressure Collaborative Access Team. read more >

January 2014: The UNLV Director for Technology Transfer and Development visited the Labs. read more >

January 2014: Cesar and Alberto, Mechanical Engineering students, presented a poster at the UNLV Second STEM Summit. read more >


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