Assistant Professor

Education

2013 PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering,
University of Calabria, Italy.
2009 Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude),
University of Calabria, Italy.
2007 Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude), University of Calabria, Italy.

Research experience

9/2014 - present Assistant Professor
Department of Civil,Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
5/2013 - 8/2014 Post-doctoral fellow
Department of Civil,Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento
9/2010 - 6/2012 Visiting Researcher at the Micro and Nanomechanics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
  • Supervisor: Prof. Horacio D. Espinosa
  • Project: Development and application of MEMS devices for mechanical testing of nanostructures

Academic Awards

  • Zwick Science Award 2016 (1st prize) for the paper “Multiphysics design and implementation of a microsystem for displacement-controlled tensile testing of nanomaterials”.

  • Outstanding Lecture Award for the invited lecture “Theoretical, experimental & numerical investigation on the fracture strength of high-strength nanofibers”, presented at 2014 Materials and Devices Workshop, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (USA), February 24-25, 2014.

  • JMST Best Paper Award 2012: M. F. Pantano, H. D. Espinosa, L. Pagnotta (2012).
    Mechanical characterization of materials at small length scales.
    Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, 26 (2), 545-561.

  • Best Paper for the 8th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on FLUID MECHANICS & AERODYNAMICS (FMA '10): S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2010).
    Evaluation of squeeze-film damping effects in MEMS perforated plates, 314-319, Taipei, Taiwan.

Grants

    UNITN Starting Grant Young Researchers 2014.

Patent

    Pantano M. and Garofalo A. (2009). Flower-shaped toolbox, Italian Patent n. 0000094261
    Category: Design and model.

Review activity

Reviewer for the following journals:
  • Sensors and Actuators A;
  • Microfluidics and Nanofluidics;
  • Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems;
  • Journal of Vibration and Control;
  • Sensors;
  • Thin Solid Films;
  • Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites;
  • Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology;
  • Advances in Tribology;
  • Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering;
  • The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal.
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