9/19/2016: Congratulations to Nicolas Guarin-Zapata who has been chosen
as the recipient of the 2016 William L. Dolch Graduate Scholarship.
This is a merit based scholarship for graduate student enrolled in the
Lyles School of Civil Engineering and pursuing an advanced degree in
the area of materials.
09/19/2016: Our work on Shape Memory Polymer-based Programmable
Cellular Materials has been published in the International Journal of
Solids and Structures (IJSS) in two parts. [Part I][Part II]
>> 08/13/2016: Our work on "Competing mechanism in the wear resistance behavior of biomineralized rod-like microstructures" has been published in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids [Link to PDF]
>> 08/11/2016: Congratulations to Hadi Shagerdi esmaeeli who is the recipient of the 2016 Nellie Munson Teaching Assistant Award.
>> 08/05/2016: Congratulations to John Cleveland (UG SURF student) for receiving the 2016 SURF Award of Excellence (Top Research Talk) at SURF Research Symposium for his talk on "Mechanical Investigation of Phase-Transforming Cellular and Origami Materials" [Link] [Pic 1][Pic 2]
05/30/2016: Nicolas Guarin's paper "A
Sinusoidally Architected Helicoidal Biocomposite" in
collaboration with David Kisailus' and Joanna McKittrick's groups has
been published in Advanced Materials. [Download PDF]
04/04/2016: Congratulations to Vanessa Restrepo who sucessfully
defended her MS thesis.
03/30/2016: 3D Printed
Material Saves Energy.
A nice article about our work on Phase Transforming Cellular Materials
(PXCMs) writen by Nancy S. Giges for the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (ASME). [Link]
03/29/2016: Congratulations to David Restrepo who is the
recipient of the Fall
2015 Civil Engineering Best Dissertation Award!
01/07/2016: Fernando Cordisco's paper on patterned interfaces is now
published in the International Journal of Solids and Structures [Link to paper]
11/23/2015: Congratulations to David Restrepo who sucessfully defended
his PhD Thesis today!
11/09/2015: Prof. Zavattieri received the 2015 Seeds for Success
ACORN Award. The
Office of the Vice President for Research gives this award in
recognition of the accomplishments of single investigators and teams of
investigators for their efforts in obtaining a $1 million dollar or
more research grant. Prof. Zavattieri received this bronze acorn in recognition of
his contribution in acquiring two million dollar or more awards. [Link]
10/16/2015: Prof. Zavattieri will be the chair of the Student Paper
Presentation of the Research and Innovation in STEM (RISE) Symposia that will
be part of the 2015 Society of
Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Conference on Nov. 13th, in Baltimore, MD. [Link]
10/01/2015: Congratulations to Nobphadon Suksangpanya who has
chosen as the recipient of the 2015 William L. Dolch
Scholarship. This is a merit based scholarship for graduate
enrolled in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and pursuing an
advanced degree in the area of materials.
09/17/2015:Prof. Zavattieri's online presentation is now
available in NanoHUB.org[Link]
08/13/2015: David's paper on Phase Transformiing Cellular Materials
(PXCMs) is now available in Extreme Mechanics Letters [Link]
08/06/2015: Congratulations to Nadia Aljabi for participating in the
2015 SURF Research Symposium and having one of the top 25 posters.[Link]
08/03/2015: Our paper on Cellulose NanoCrystal (CNC) modeling is now
Computational Materials Science[PDF]
07/28/2015: Prof. Zavattieri was invited to participate in the fifth
Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium July 28-31,
2015 in Makassar, Indonesia. The symposium was sponsored by the
Indonesian Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As part of
this event he is now a Kavli Frontier of
Science Fellow of the National Academy of Science (NAS) [Link]
07/14/2015: A very nice article about our work on Cellulose
Nanocrystals (CNCs) reinforced cements was featured in the Impact
Magazine of the College of Engineering (Purdue) [Link].
07/14/2015: Prof. Zavattieri will be a Keynote speaker of the I Seminar
of Nanosurfaces: Advanced Processing and Characterization and II
International Seminar on Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Regenerative
Medicine, to be held in Medellin, Colombia (Sept. 16-18, 2015). [Link][Link]
07/14/2015: Congratulations to Hadi Shagerdi esmaeeli who
sucessfully defended his MS Thesis. Hadi will be continuing in
the group pursuing his PhD.
Nicolas Guarin's paper on "Shear
Wave Filtering in Naturally-Occurring Bouligand Structures" has
been acepted in Acta Biomaterialia [Link to paper]
04/10/2015: Prof. Zavattieri has been named a University Faculty
University Faculty Scholars are select associate and full professors
who have been in that rank for no more than five years and are on an
accelerated path toward academic distinction. In the College of
Engineering, they are nominated by committees from their academic
areas, and reviewed and recommended by a subcommittee of the College's
named and distinguished professors. The dean makes the selection and
requests approval by the provost. University Faculty Scholars receive
additional funding to support their research. The University Faculty
Scholar program was created at Purdue in 1998.
04/06/2015: Our paper on the Chiton's Tooth using 3D printing has been
accepted in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical
to the paper]
09/04/2014: Congratulations to David Restrepo who has been chosen as a
recipient of the 2014 William and Mary Goetz Graduate Scholarship in
09/02/2014: Purdue University will hold the annual meeting of the
Society of Engineering Science in October after hosting the society's
first meeting 51 years ago. See press release [Link].
Web site www.conf.purdue.edu/ses2014
06/12/2014: Our article "On the mechanics of sinusoidal interfaces
between dissimilar elastic-plastic solids subject to dominant mode I"
has been accepted in Engineering Fracture Mechanics. [Link]
05/28/2014: Prof. Zavattieri has been selected as one of the 83
nation's outstanding young engineers to attend the National Academy of
Engineering’s 2014 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Sept. 11,
2014.Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering
research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come
together for the 2 1/2 day event. The participants -- from industry,
academia, and government -- were nominated by fellow engineers or
organizations and chosen from almost 300 applicants. [Link] [Link]
04/22/2014: Our work on Bio-Inspired Impact Resistant Composites in
collaboration with David Kisailus' group (UC-Riverside) has attracted
some media attention [Link
1], [Link 2], [Link
04/18/2014: Our lab is part of a multi-university and multi-
disciplinary team that has received a $7.5M
Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
award to study over 20 organisms, including mammals, reptiles,
fish, mollusks, crustaceans, fosils, insects and plants to
strong, tough materials based on their design structures. [Link]
03/18/2014: Congratulations to Fernando Dri who has been chosen as
the recipient of theFall
2013 CE Best Dissertation Award.
01/21/2014: Congratulations to Fernando Cordisco who sucesfully
defended his PhD Thesis on January 21, 2014.
12/16/2013:Our work on
cellulose nanocrystals has been featured in the news - Purdue University Article
"Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green' wonder material"[Link
- NanoTechEtc "Cellulose NanoCrystals"[Link
- GreenCareer "New look at old
structure for future possibilities"
- Bio-Medicine.org "Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green'
wonder material" [Link
- Daily News "Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green'
wonder material" [Link
- Science Daily "Cellulose nanocrystals possible 'green'
wonder material" [Link
11/25/2013:Our work on
modeling of Cellulose NanoCrystals has been chosen for the cover of the
10/03/2013: "Smart Materials Stem
From Nature": Our research on biomimetic materials has been
featured in an special article in the October issue of Machine Design Magazine[Link]
09/27/2013: Congratulations to Fernando
Dri who sucesfully defended his PhD Thesis on Sept. 27, 2013.
09/27/2013: Congratulations to Chan
Jeong who received the "Cementitious Materials
Research Award" at the 2013 Civil Engineering Scholarship and
Awards Banquet on Sept. 27, 2013.
Our paper "Anisotropy
of the Elastic Properties of Crystalline Cellulose Iβ from First
Principles Density Functional Theory with Van der Waals Interactions"
has been accepted in Cellulose.
09/06/2013: Prof. Zavattieri has been chosen as the recipient of the Roy E. & Myrna G. Wansik
Research Award. This annual award was
created to recognize an outstanding researcher in the School of Civil
08/01/2013: Congratulations to Chan
Jeong who received the "Award of Excelence - Top Research
Poster" for his work "Insights
into the Effect of Geometrical Parameters in the Mechanical Properties
of the Radular Teeth of the Cryptochiton Stelleri - A 3D Print Approach"
presented at the 2013 SURF Research Symposium at Purdue University.[CE
07/25/2013: 07/25/2013: The lab welcomes Vanessa Restrepo.
07/01/2013: Prof. Zavattieri was invited to give a lecture at the
NSF-funded Pan-Amaerican Advanced
Studies Institute (PASI) on Polymer
and Composite Materials from Renewable Resources and Biorefinery: from
Chemistry to Applications, to be held in San Jose, Costa Rica
from Aug. 5 to 15th, 2013. [Link]
05/20/2013: Prof. Zavattieri is now the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Experimental and
Prof. Zavattieri has been appointed member of the Editorial Board of ASTM Journal of Advances in Civil
Engineering Materials (ACEM)[Link]
>> 04/23/2013: Prof.
Zavattieri partcipated in a meeting with the Minister of Science, Technology and
Prodcutive Innovation of Argentina and other scientits at
Chicago to discuss potential collaboration and exchange of students
with Argentina [Link].
04/08/2013: Congratulations to Fernando Dri who received the Certificate of
Excellence Awards from the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate
Program (OIGP) for his work on the multiscale modeling of cellulose. [Link][CE
Our research on biological and biomimetic materials has been
highlighted in Purdue Today [Link]
and in the CE Impact Magazine [PDF].
03/11/2013: Congratulations to Enrique Escobar de Obaldia who has been
chosen as a recipient of the Nellie
Munson Teaching Assistant Award!
year the School of Civil Engineering recognize and encourage excellence
among the graduate teaching assistants and instructors by making awards
to the best eligible students. The Munson endowment makes this
possible. The Munson Award was established in 1973 and recognizes
four candidates with this award.
03/14/2013: Prof. Pablo Zavattieri gives a seminar at Stanford
Univesity as part of the Mechanics and Computation Seminar Series [Link].
01/29/2013: Prof. Pablo Zavattieri has been awarded the National
Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for
his 5-year project, "Multiscale
Investigation and Mimicry of Naturally-Occurring Ultra-High Performance
Composite Materials" [Link]
was featured in the News &
Spotlights Web Site of the School of Civil Engineering [Link]
and School of Aeronautics and Astronautics [Link]
01/07/2013: The lab welcomes Nicolas Guarin.
01/07/2013: Prof. Zavattieri is co-organizing the symposium "Material Design and Biomimetic Material
Concepts" as part
of the 49th Annual Technical meeting of the Society of Engineering
Science (SES 2012) to be held in Brown University, in July
Congratulations to Fernando
Dri who has been chosen as the recipient of the William L. Dolch Graduate Scholarship.
This is a merit based scholarship for graduate student enrolled in the
School of Civil Engineering and pursuing an advanced degree in the area
Congratulations to Federico Antico and Fernando Cordisco who received
an NSF travel award to attend the International Workshop on Multiscale
Computational Modeling of Cementitious Materials to be
held in Krakow (Poland) on Oct. 18-19, 2012.
>> 8/08/12: Congratulations to Emmanuel Ochoa
again!!!! He has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists for the Undergraduate Student Presentation Award
Presentation for the Society of
Engineering Science (SES) 49th Annual Technical meeting (To be
held in Georgia Tech in October). He also received a Travel Award to
attend the meeting.
Emmanuel Ochoa receives the "Award of
Excelence - Top Research Poster" for his work "Van der Waals interaction between
low-dimensional nanostructures" presented at the 2012 SURF
Research Symposium at Purdue University.
>> 8/01/12: Join the Dactyl Club:
Our science paper was feature in Materials
7/23/12: Congratulations to Fernando Cordisco! his paper on
patterned bimaterial interfaces has been accepted for publication in Engineering Fracture Mechanics.
releases on our Science paper: - Purdue University Article
"Materials research focused on mantis shrimp"
ScienceDaily article on Prof. Zavattieri's work on stomatopod "Armored Caterpillar Could
Inspire New Body Armor"
[Link] - Discovery Magazine "How mantis
shrimps deliver armour-shattering punches without breaking their
[Link] - Live Science Article
"Take that Thor! Scret of Hard-Hitting Crustacean Claw Found"
- Scientific American "Hulk take
break, Shrimp Smash!"
- Los Angeles Times "Crustacean's claw may be suited for battle" [Link]
- New York Times "A colorful crustacean with a knockout punch" [Link]
- "Bam! How a shrimp's 200-lb punch could lead to better football
Prof. Zavattieri has been selected as a panelist at the International Workshop on Multiscale
Computational Modeling of Cementitious Materials to be
held in Krakow (Poland) on Oct. 18-19, 2012. He also received an award
from NSF to travel to Poland. [Link]
4/15/12: Congratulations to Fernando Cordisco who received the second
best talk award at the SIAM @ Purdue Conference for presenting his work
on micropatterned interfaces.
3/30/12: Prof. Zavattieri will give a seminar at the Bio-Interest Group
(BIG) Seminars at Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE)
Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on Monday April
2/17/12: Our paper on "Adhesion of Nickel–titanium Shape Memory Alloy
Wires to Thermoplastic Materials: Theory and Experiments", 21 (2012)
035022,1-17, was recently published in Smart
Materials and Structures. [Link]
>> 2/16/12: Prof. Zavattieri is co-organizing the
Symposium “Computational Modeling of Damage and Fracture in Solids”
as part of the 49th Annual Technical meeting of the Society of
Engineering Science (SES 2012) to be held in
Georgia Tech, Atlanta,
GA, on 10-12 of October , 2012. http://ses2012.org
Prof. Zavattieri's article on the modeling of nacre ("On
the mechanics of mother-of-pearl: A key feature in the material
herarchical structure", JMPS, 55(2),2007), in
collaboration with Northwestern University has been inducted as one of
the top 10 most cited Journal
of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids articles during the
last 5 years. [Link]
09/30/11: Congratulations to Federico Antico who is one of the
recipients of the 2011
William and Mary Goetz Graduate Scholarship in Civil
09/20/11: Prof. Zavattieri received an NSF award to travel to
the 12th Pan
American Congress of Applied Mechanics (PACAM
09/01/11: Prof. Zavattieri is co-organizing the 2nd International Symposium on
the Mechanics of Biological Systems and Materials
as part of the SEM XII
International Congress & Exposition on Experimental and Applied
Mechanics to be held in Costa Mesa, CA, in June 11-14,
(click to watch video)
"Biomimetic materials design: from biomineralized marine organisms to
tough composite materials", III Colombian
Congress on Numerical Methods, Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 12, 2011 (Talk
delivered in Spanish)
08/01/11: Our group received funding from NSF to study
cementitious-based nanocomposites with cellulose nanocrystals. In this
project we will develop multiscale strategies to study the fundamental
behavior of cellulose nanocrystals from atomic scale to the continuum
Congratulations to Federico Antico, Fernando Cordisco and Isaias
Gallana for participating in the development of scientific instruments
for the satellite Aquarius/SAC-D. The Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft
sucessfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
Friday (6/10/11) morning, kicking off a critical mission to help better
understand climate change. [Link
05/24/11: Prof. Zavattieri is co-organizing the symposium "Multiscale modeling and
simulation of complex materials and systems", for the 12th
Pan American Congress of Applied Mechanics (PACAM XII), to be
held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Jan 2-6, 2012. [Link]
>> 05/01/11: Prof. Zavattieri was invited to give a
plenary talk at the VIII
Colombian Congress on Numerical Methods, to be held in
Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 10-12, 2011. [Link]
>> 03/14/11: Prof. Zavattieri is co-organizing the
of Materials across Multiple Length Scales” , for the 48th Annual Technical Meeting of
Society of Engineering Sciences, Evanston, IL, Oct. 12-14,
02/01/11: Press releases:
- LiveScience article features Prof. Zavattieri's work on biomimetic
materials "Seashells Get Their Strength
from Interlocking 'Bricks'"
- "Seashells so tough they'll kick
sand in your face
- "Synthetic materials that behave
like mollusk shells
[Purdue News] [Link
- "Scientists Design Artificial
Nanocomposites Using Nacre's Toughening Mechanism" [Link]
- "Sólo Ciencia: Los Secretos del
02/01/11: Prof. Zavattieri's paper on biomimetic composite materials
"Tablet-Level Origin of Toughening in Abalone Shells and Translation to
Synthetic Composite Materials" has been published in Nature
>> 12/22/10: New course for Spring 2011. CE 597:
"Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics" [Course Web site]
Congratulations to Carlos Gomez for receiving the Award of Excellence/Top
Research Talk for his work
"Particle Dynamics Model for Biomimetic Materials" presented at the
2010 SURF Research Symposium at Purdue
06/30/10: Prof. Zavattieri has been awarded a 2010 PRF International
for his participation in the South American Congress on Computational
03/21/10: Prof. Zavattieri and collaborators from General
Research and Development and the University of Michigan have received
the "Engineering Fracture mechanics Journal Most Cited
the 2005 to 2009 period" Award for their paper “Mixed-mode
for fracture of an adhesively-bonded
This paper was published in
Engineering Fracture Mechanics, volume 73(1), pp. 64-78 in
Course for Spring 2010. CE 597 "Advanced topics in Classical and
Computational Solid Mechanics" [Course Web site]
>> 09/29/09: Welcome
to the new
Computational Multi-Scale Materials Modeling Lab web site. Project
information, papers and presentation will be uploaded soon.