Assistant Professor

Ph.D. thesis

Design and application of a novel microelectromechanical system for in situ SEM/TEM displacement controlled tensile testing of nanostructures.

Advisors: Prof. L. Pagnotta (University of Calabria, Italy), Prof. H. D. Espinosa (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA).
XXV Cycle of Graduate School in Mechanical Engineering (2013). University of Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy.

Papers published in international journals

  1. M. F. Pantano, G. Speranza, C. Galiotis, N. M. Pugno (2018).
    A mechanical system for tensile testing of supported films at the nanoscale.
    Nanotechnology, 29, 395707.

  2. S. Elsharkawy, M. Al-Jawad, M. F. Pantano, E. Tejeda-Montes, K. Mehta, H. Jamal, S. Agarwal, K. Shuturminska, A. Rice, N. V. Tarakina, R. M. Wilson, A. J. Bushby, M. Alonso, J. C. Rodriguez-Cabello, E. Barbieri, A. del Río Hernández, M. M. Stevens, N. M. Pugno, P. Anderson, A. Mata (2018).
    Protein disorder–order interplay to guide the growth of hierarchical mineralized structures.
    Nature Communications, 9, 2145.

  3. G. G. Giobbe, A. Zambon, M. Vetralla, L. Urbani, K. Deguchi, M. F Pantano, N. M. Pugno, N. Elvassore, P. De Coppi, S. Spilimbergo (2018).
    Preservation over time of dried acellular esophageal matrix.
    Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 4, 065021.

  4. L. Lavagna, D. Massella, M. F. Pantano, F. Bosia, N. M. Pugno, M. Pavese (2018).
    Grafting carbon nanotubes onto carbon fibers doubles their effective strength and the toughness of the composite.
    Composites Science and Technology, 166, 140–149.

  5. D. De Tommasi, G. Puglisi, M. F. Pantano, N. M. Pugno, G. Saccomandi (2017).
    Micromechanical model for protein materials: From macromolecules to macroscopic fibers.
    Physical Review E, 96, 042407.

  6. A. Zambon, M. Vetralla, L. Urbani, M. F. Pantano, G. Ferrentino, M. Pozzobon, N. M. Pugno, P. De Coppi, N. Elvassore, S. Spilimbergo (2016).
    Dry acellular oesophageal matrix prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide.
    Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 115, 33-41.

  7. G. Soavi, I. Tempra, M. F. Pantano, A. Cattoni, S. Collin, P. Biagioni, N. Pugno, G. Cerullo (2016).
    Ultra-Sensitive Characterization of Mechanical Oscillations and Plasmon Energy Shift in Gold Nanorods.
    ACS Nano, 10 (2), 2251-2258. 

  8. M. F. Pantano, A. Berardo, N. M. Pugno (2016).
    Tightening slip knots in raw and degummed silk to increase toughness without losing strength.
    Scientific Reports6, 18222.

  9. A. Berardo, M. F. Pantano, N. M. Pugno (2016).
    Slip knots and unfastening topologies enhance toughness without reducing strength of silk fibroin fibres.
    Interface Focus6, 20150060.

  10. J. Yao, M. F. Pantano, N. M. Pugno, C. W. M. Bastiaansen, T. Peijs (2015).
    High-performance electrospun co-polyimide nanofibers.
    Polymer76, 105-112.

  11. M. F. Pantano, R. A. Bernal, L. Pagnotta, H. D. Espinosa (2015).
    Multiphysics design and implementation of a microsystem for displacement-controlled tensile testing of nanomaterials.
    Meccanica50 (2), 549-560.

  12. M. F. Pantano, S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta (2014).
    On the effective viscosity expression for modeling squeeze-film damping at low pressure.
    Journal of Tribology-Transactions of the ASME, 136 (3), 031702.

  13. M. F. Pantano, N. M. Pugno (2014).
    Design of a bent beam electrothermal actuator for in situ tensile testing of ceramic nanostructures.
    Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 34, 2767-2773.

  14. M. F. Pantano, S. Nigro, F. Furgiuele, L. Pagnotta (2013).
    A novel expression for the effective viscosity to model squeeze-film damping at low pressure.
    Applied Mechanics and Materials, 390, 76-80.

  15. M. F. Pantano, S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta (2013).
    A numerical study of squeeze-film damping in MEMS-based structures including rarefaction effects.
    Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale, 23, 103-113.

  16. S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2012).
    Analytical and numerical modeling of squeeze-film damping in perforated microstructures.
    Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 12 (6), 971-979.

  17. 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.

  18. M. Alfano, L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2011).
    A review of patented works on the mechanical characterization of materials at micro- and nano- scale.
    Recent Patents on Nanotechnology, 5 (1), 37-45.

Conference Proceedings

  1. S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2012).
    Numerical modeling of squeeze-film damping in micromirrors including rarefaction effects.
    Nanotech Conference & Expo 2012, Santa Clara (CA), USA, June 18-21, 2, 333-336.

  2. S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2012).
    A numerical approach for modeling squeeze-film damping in rigid microstructures including rarefaction effects.
    11th WSEAS International Conference on INSTRUMENTATION, MEASUREMENTS, CIRCUITS, and SYSTEMS (IMCAS ’12), Rovaniemi, Finland, April 18-20, 37-42.

  3. L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2010).
    Automated procedures for the design of MEMS plate-shaped accelerometers.
    ENGOPT2010, Lisboa, Portugal, September 6-9, 46.

  4. S. Nigro, L. Pagnotta, M. F. Pantano (2010).
    Evaluation of squeeze-film damping effects in MEMS perforated plates.
    8th IASME /WSEAS International Conference on FLUID MECHANICS & AERODYNAMICS (FMA '10) , Taipei, Taiwan, August 20-22, 314-319.

  5. M. F. Pantano, M. Alfano, L. Pagnotta (2010).
    Microscale and nanoscale mechanical characterization of materials: a state of the art review.
    Nanomeasure , Krakow, Poland, June 3-4, 50.

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