materials with highly attractive
sets of properties which can inspire new strategies for stronger,
tougher, lighter, smarter and more sustainable engineering materials.
in our lab we (1)
characterize the structure, mechanics and multi-functionalities of
natural materials, and (2) design, fabricate and test novel
high-performance engineering materials and systems inspired by nature.
Our current models include mollusk shells, bone, teeth, collagen, fish
scales and osteoderms.
Our daily activities involve micromechanics, fracture
mechanics, modeling of nonlinear and dissipative processes in
contact and impact mechanics, finite elements modeling, optimization,
engraving, 3D printing, experimental mechanics and also a bit of
October 2016: A new Commentary piece in
April 2106: Our most recent article on interfaces in biological
is out now:
November 2015: Are
"architectured" materials? Read our review article here
featured in Nature and Science