Laboratory of Bio-Inspired & Graphene Nanomechanics


Academic Editor
Editorial Board Member
Biological Physics

Nicola Pugno

Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University of Trento;
Scientific Responsible of Graphene Nanocomposites at the Bruno Kessler Foundation;
Professor of Materials Science at the Queen Mary University of London;
Member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Italian Space Agency.

Address: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Meccanica
Università di Trento, via Mesiano, 77 I-38123 Trento (Italia)
Office location: III piano, Stanza 309
Tel: +39 0461 282525
Mob: +39 338 6275625
Fax: +39 0461 282599
Skype: nicola.pugno


Recent past and future plenary lectures




Full list of publications

  1. A. CARPINTERI; PUGNO N., Are the scaling laws on strength of solids related to mechanics or to geometry?, NATURE MATERIALS, pp. 421-423, 2005, Vol. 4, ISSN: 1476-1122.
  2. C.H. KE; PUGNO N.; B. PENG; H.D. ESPINOSA, Experiments and modeling of carbon nanotube NEMS device, JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS, pp. 1314-1333, 2005, Vol. 53, ISSN: 0022-5096.
  3. PUGNO N., Space elevator: out of order?, NANO TODAY, pp. 44-47, 2007, Vol. 2, (Invited) Highlighted by Nature (450, 6, 2007) ISSN: 1748-0132. (see also the related stories in Nature: “The space elevator: going down? Study shows that proposed carbon nanotube cables won't hold up”, News at Nature, 22 May 2006; “Out of reach”, Nature 450, 22 November 2007).
  4. N. PUGNO, Spiderman gloves. NANO TODAY (2008), 3, 35-41. (See also the related stories in New Scientist: “Gecko power could turn you into a spider”, New Scientist, 28 April 2007, 26; “With no visibile means of support”, New Scientist, 19 July 2008, 23; “Ten sci-fiction that could soon be in your hands”, New Scientist, 26 January, 2009).
  5. PUGNO N.; F. BOSIA; A. CARPINTERI, Multiscale stochastic simulations for tensile testing of nanotube-based macroscopic cables, SMALL, pp. 1044-1052, 2008, Vol. 4, ISSN: 1613-6810.
  6. X. Shi, Y. Cheng, N. M. Pugno, H. Gao, Tunable water channels with carbon nanoscrolls. SMALL (2010), 6, 739-744.
  7. N. Pugno, The design of self-collapsed super-strong nanotube bundles. J. OF THE MECHANICS AND PHYSICS OF SOLIDS (2010), 58, 1397-1410.
  8. S.W. Cranford, A. Tarakanova, N. Pugno, M.J. Buehler, Nonlinear material behaviour of spider silk yields robust webs, NATURE (2012), 482, 72-78. Cover Story and 18 pages of Supplementary Information, DOI 10.1038/nature10739.
  9. P. H. Tan, W. P. Han, W. J. Zhao, Z. H. Wu, K. Chang, H. Wang, Y. F. Wang, N. Bonini, N. Marzari, N. Pugno, G. Savini, A. Lombardo, A. C. Ferrari, The shear mode of multi-layer graphene, NATURE MATERIALS (2012), 11, 294-300.
  10. J. Zang, Q. Wang, Q. Tu, S. Ryu, N. Pugno, M. Buehler, X. Zhao, Multifunctionality and control of the crumpling and unfolding of large-area graphene, NATURE MATERIALS (2013), 12, 321-325.


Curriculum vitae

Research topics

  1. Bio-inspired hierarchical super nanomaterials (eg. 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 spider-inspired super-tough materials and structures (e.g. anti- catastrophes)
  6. Design and fabrication of Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (eg. nanotubes or graphene based)
  7. Hierarchical fibre bundle models, ropes, tissues and cellular solids (eg. role of hierarchy)
  8. Graphene nanoscrolls and related systems (eg. nanomotors)
  9. Nanomedicine: tumor cellular growth, nanovector therapeutics and scaffolds for the regenerative medicine (eg. flexible nanovectors)
  10. Nanoindentation and related size- and shape-effects (eg. universal scaling laws on hardness)
  11. Quantized Fracture Mechanics, in quasi-static, dynamic and fatigue regimes (eg. 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)

Adjuncts Scientists

Andrea Ferrari
Rodney Ruoff
Huajian Gao
Markus Buehler
(Responsible of
the animals)

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