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Nicola Pugno

Nicola Pugno

University of Trento


Nicola Pugno is an Assistant Professor, 1999-2005, Politecnico theTorino Associate Professor, 2005-2011, Politecnico theTorino Full Professor, 2012-, University of Trento, Full Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University of Trento (Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering); Scientific Responsible of Graphene Nanocomposites at the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Centre of Materials and Microsystems); Full Professor of Materials Science at the Queen Mary University of London (School of Engineering and Materials Science); Founder of the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Nanomechanics "Giuseppe Maria Pugno" at Politecnico di Torino; Founder and Director of the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired & Graphene Nanomechanics at the University of Trento, Launched thanks to the European Research Council; Featuring in Famous Alumni of the Politecnico di Torino and in Top Italian Scientist in Engineering (top 100 most cited, see Google Scholar).

Research Interest

1. Bio-inspired hierarchical super nanomaterials (e.g. self-healing) 2. Super-strong graphene, nanotubes and related bundles and composites (e.g. flaw tolerant space elevator cables) 3. Smart adhesion of insects, spiders and geckos and related gecko-inspired nanostructured surfaces (e.g. Spiderman suits) 4. Self-cleaning & anti-adhesive super-hydrophobic leaves and related lotus-inspired nanostructured surfaces (e.g. anti-ice) 5. Spider-silk and web and related inspired super-tough materials and structures (e.g. anticatastrophes) 6. Design and fabrication ofNano Electro Mechanical Systems (e.g. nanotubes or graphene based) 7. Hierarchical fibre bundle models, ropes, tissues and cellular solids (e.g. role ofhierarchy) 8. Graphene nanoscrolls and related systems (e.g. nanomotors) 9. Nanomedicine: tumor cellular growth, nanovector therapeutics and scaffolds for the regenerative medicine (e.g. flexible nanovectors) lO. Nanoindentation and related size- and shape-effects (e.g. universal scaling laws on hardness) Il. Quantized Fracture Mechanics, in quasi-static, dynamic and fatigue regimes (e.g. role of defects in graphene) 12. Nanoscale Weibull & Fractal Statistics and related size-effects on material strength (e.g. nanotubes statistics) 13. Multiscale fragmentation under impact and explosions and structural dynamics (e.g. universal scaling laws on energy dissipation)