Laser Thermal Powers Ahead

February 9, 2024by John Gaskins

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In a significant boost to the technological landscape of Virginia, Laser Thermal, a nanotechnology company born out of the University of Virginia, has embarked on an exciting expansion in the City of Charlottesville. Governor Glenn Youngkin recently unveiled the company’s plans to invest $2.9 million, aimed at bolstering research and development (R&D) capabilities. This strategic move will generate 28 new job opportunities across its manufacturing and research facilities.

Laser Thermal Pioneers The Way


Founded in Charlottesville, VA with a mission to empower material scientists and thermal modelers in semiconductors, academics, government research, aerospace, ceramics and more with better, faster, more accurate thermal metrology data, Laser Thermal has been a beacon of innovation since its inception. 

Innovation in Thermal Metrology

Laser Thermal’s crowning achievement lies in the development of innovative thermal metrology equipment. This technology is capable of delivering swift, precise, and reliable thermal measurements at the nano-scale—a solution that positions the company at the forefront of the industry. The proprietary SSTR-F (Steady-State Thermoreflectance in Fiber Optics) analysis tool, currently produced by Laser Thermal, is just the tip of the iceberg. The company has ambitious plans for 2024 and beyond, with the release of several additional solutions that promise to redefine the standards of precision in thermal, optical, and dimensional measurements.

Mission and Impact

Laser Thermal’s overarching mission is to propel materials science forward by offering simplified, accurate, and rapid measurement and analysis of challenging nano-scale properties. These include thermal characteristics, optical properties, and dimensional intricacies. By providing a deeper understanding of materials, Laser Thermal empowers its customers to drive innovation and produce higher quality products.

Collaborative Approach

Laser Thermal collaborates with industrial partners, academic institutions, and various branches of the Department of Defense. This collaborative effort is integral to the company’s strategy of commercializing unique technologies that cater to the evolving needs of cutting-edge test and measurement requirements.

Laser Thermal: The Leader in Thermal Metrology

With a track record of pioneering solutions and a vision for the future, Laser Thermal stands poised to leave a significant mark on the landscape of thermal metrology and materials science.

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John Gaskins

As Co-Founder and CEO of Laser Thermal, John has conducted research characterizing the mechanical, optical and thermal properties of materials for almost two decades. John received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2013.  His work developed methodologies for testing the size dependent properties in thin film structures.  After his Ph.D. John joined Patrick Hopkins’ group extending his Ph.D. work focused on mechanical property characterization to optical and thermal properties. John is leading Laser Thermal’s development of SSTR-F to provide accessible small-scale thermal conductivity measurements to industrial and academic partners.