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Pablo Zavattieri Research Group
   Pablo Zavattieri Research Group
from left to right: Chan Jeong,  Enrique Escobar, Ahmad Alnaseem, Hadi Shagerdi esmaeeli, Yizheng Cao, Neil Armstrong,  Pablo Zavattieri,  Nobphadon Suksangpanya, David Restrepo, Fernando Dri, Isaias Gallana, Fernando Cordisco, Federico Antico.

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Group Members:

Director:

Pablo Zavattieri
Pablo D.  Zavattieri
Associate Professor
School of Civil Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: CIVL G217
zavattie@purdue.edu
[CV]

Pablo Zavattieri is an assosciate professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His contributions in the industry and in the academia focus on the boundary between solid mechanics and materials engineering. His current active research program includes elements of multiscale computational modeling of advanced and sustainable structural materials bridging the gap between atomistic and structural mechanics, mechanics of smart materials, hard biological materials and bio-inspired materials design. His engineering and scientific curiosity lies on the fundamental aspects of how Nature makes better and more sustainable materials.

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Ph.D. Students:





David Restrepo
David Restrepo, Ph.D. Candidate [Personal Web Page]
drestrep@purdue.edu
Research Topic:  Modelling, processing and testing of smart cellular materials

David Restrepo obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia in June 2010. After that he joined Prof. Zavattieri's research group as a visiting student to work in the area of smart cellular materials. David's research interest lie in the broad realm of computational mechanics, solid mechanics, compliant materials, CAD and CAM systems. David's work has been focused on the design, modeling, fabrication and testing of smart cellular materials.





Isaias Gallana Isaias Gallana  (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina)
igallana@purdue.edu
Research Topic:  Modeling and fabrication of  bioinspired composite materials

Isaias Gallana received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering in september 2006 from Universidad Nacional de  la Plata (UNLP, Argentina). He has participated in several reserch proyects including the thermal and structural design of an infrared camera for Sac-D/Aquarius satellite from 2006 to 2010 at UNLP. In 2009 he became a PhD in Engineering candidate at UNLP. Since may 2010.  Isaias is currently working with Prof.  Zavattieri on the modeling of biomineralized and biomimetic materials. In particular, he focuses his work on the synergetic role of microstructural geometry and size effects through extensive numerical modeling and simple scaling laws.




Federico Antico
Federico Antico, Ph.D. Candidate   [Personal Web Page]
fantico@purdue.edu

Research Topic:  Numerical modeling of strain-induced cracking in heteregenous materials
Federico C. Antico was born in Argentina and received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina in 2006. He participated in several research projects including the structural and thermal design and analysis of a microwave radiometer for Aquarius / SAC-D satellite from 2005 to 2009 at UNLP. He is working in  Professor Zavattieri's group since January 2010. Federico's research interest lies in the field of computational solid mechanics with special emphasis on multiscale modeling.







Nobphadon Suksangpanya
Nobphadon Suksangpanya, Ph.D. Candidate
nsuksang@purdue.edu 

Research Topic:  Modeling and Mechanics of biological and biomimetic impact tolerant materials
Nobphadon Suksangpanya received bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. His research in master's degree was on the computational modeling in Tribology, funded by Seagate Company Thailand Limited. Currently, he is funded by Royal Thai Government for his PhD study and is working in professor Zavattieri's research group. His research interests are in the areas of solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, and 3D multi-scale modeling.. 




Nicolas Guarin
Nicolas Guarin
Research Topic:  Modeling of the dynamic behavior of naturally-occuring high performance composite materials

Nicolás Guarín Zapata was born in Medellín-Colombia. He received his degree in 2009 in Engineering Physics in Universidad EAFIT in Colombia, writing his undergraduate thesis in the Design of a Digital Chess Board.  In 2012 received a Master Degree in Engineering with emphasis in Computational Mechanics in the same university, his thesis was related with the Numerical Simulation of Wave Propagation Problems.  From 2010 to 2013 he lecture some undergrad engineering courses (Electricity and Magnetism, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Continuum Mechanics). During 2011 and 2012 he worked in Grupo de Mecánica Aplicada at Universidad EAFIT (Applied Mechanics Group) applying the FEM and the BEM to seismic wave propagation and phononic crystals, as part of the Young Researcher and Innovators Program "Virginia Gutiérrez de Pineda" supported by Colciencias (Colombian Department of Science, Technology and Innovation).
Research Interests: Computational Mechanics, Wave Propagation, Acoustics, Design of Materials, Applied Mathematics.




Vanessa Restrepo
Vanessa Restrepo
Research Topic:  A multiscale modeling of hoop and loop interfaces.

 Restrepo received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia) in 2012. She worked from 2009 until 2013 in the Mechanical Design Research Group of the aforementioned university. Her research was focused on the finite element simulation of biological systems. She is currently working with professor Pablo Zavattieri in the Computational Multiscale Materials Modelling Laboratory working on multiscale modeling of structured interfaces.





Mehdi Shishehbor
Mehdi Shishehbor 
Research Topic:  Modeling of Cellulose NanoCrystals (CNCs)

Mehdi received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at K.N.Toosi university. He continued his career as a master student in structural Engineering at Sharif University From 2009 to 2011 working on material modeling and simulation. In January 2013 he joined Prof. Pablo Zavattieri's group at Purdue university. Mehdi is working on Multiscale modeling of cellulose from nano-scale to continuum.




Yunlan Zhang
Yunlan Zhang
Research Topic:  Bio-inspired cellular materials

Yunlan Zhang received her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2012 from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, she earned a master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on structural engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently continuing to work towards her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering materials at Purdue University. Her research focuses on the application of geometric and mechanical characteristics of natural organisms to the engineering field.





Di Wang Di Wang
Research Topic:  Bioinspired bouligand structures

Di Wang received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interest is in the realm of bio-inspired or biomimetic nanostructures and engineering. Now, Di Wang is working with Professor Pablo Zavattieri and his research group; her current research topic is about Bouligand/Helicoid structures in fish scale.




Pete Maryam Sadat Hosseini
Research Topic:  Bioinspired structures




Master Students:

Hadi
Hadi Shagerdi esmaeeli
 

Research Topic:  Multiscale strategies for the modeling of damage in cementitious materials

Hadi received his bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering at University of Tabriz, writing his undergraduate thesis in the Assessment of Concrete bridges design criteria on Performance-Based design method. In 2011, he completed a Master’s degree in Earthquake Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in the Simulation of Concrete samples behavior under monotonic and cyclic loadings via Microplane constitutive model. From 2009 to 2011 he participated in the design of Industrial structures at South Pars Gas Refineries project as a senior structural engineer in Iran. In September 2012 he started to work in Computational Multiscale Materials Modelling Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Zavattieri in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Hadi's research interests lie in the area of Computational solid mechanics, Fracture mechanics in cementitious materials.  




Chanhue Jeong
Chanhue Jeong
Research Topic:  Naturallly occurring and biomimetic rod-like microstructures.

Chanhue Jeong received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and joined Prof. Zavattieri's group in Fall 2014 as a graduate student. Previous to that, he was an honors student working in Prof. Zavattieri's lab as an undergraduate on the mechanics of rod-like microstructures (which included 3D printing and mechanical tests of biomimetic materials).








Undergraduate Students:

Michael Jones
Michael Jones [Personal Web Page]
Research Topic:  Biomimetic bouligand structures.

Michael Jones is a senior at Purdue University, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and concentrating in Materials Engineering. He is currently working in Dr. Zavattieri's research group with Nobphadon Suksangpanya on quasi-static properties of helicoidal fiber arrangements and 3D multi-scale modeling. Michael hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering beginning in 2016.




Pete
Nadia N Aljabi, Spring 2015
Research Topic:  Phase Transforming Cellular Materials






Pete Pengcheng Gong, Spring 2015
Research Topic:  Phase Transforming Cellular Materials






Pete Edith Boiquaye, Spring 2015
Research Topic:  Study of the Elytra of the Japanesse Beetle




Alumni:

 Fernando Dri


Fernando Dri, Ph.D. Dec. 2013  [Personal Web Page]
fdri@purdue.edu
PhD thesis title:  Multiscale Modeling of Hierarchical Structure of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) materials

Currently
:  Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA South, Texas, USA

Bio: Fernando Dri  obtained his degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina in 2009. He joined Prof. Zavattieri's group in Aug. 2010. Fernando  is currently conducting research on the development of a multiscale framework that can be used to describe and predict the cellulose nanocrystals mechanical behavior and connect atomistically informed models to experiments using continuum-based modeling techniques. In his work, Fernando uses elements of solid mechanics and computational mechanics to advance our fundamental knowledge of the individual and collective structural response of molecular cellulose chains and particles while improving our understanding of cellulose as a fundamental building block for the design of green and sustainable materials.

 


Fernando Cordisco Fernando Cordisco, Ph.D. Jan. 2014
fcordisc@purdue.edu  [Personal Web Page]
PhD Thesis Title:  Geometry and Length Scale Selection in Patterned Interfaces with Application to Materials Design.

Currently: Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA Great Lakes, Michigan, USA

Bio: Fernando Cordisco obtained his degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) in Argentina in 2006. From 2004 to 2010 he worked for the aerospace industry in the thermal and structural branches in the development of scientific instruments for the satellites SAC-D/Aquarius (CONAE and NASA agreement) and SAOCOM 1B (CONAE and ASI agreement). During that period he also worked as instructor for two courses in the Department of Aeronuatical Engineering in UNLP:   "Aeronautical Materials" and "Non-destructive testing" . In January 2010 he started his PhD in Mechanics of Materials under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Zavattieri in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His PhD research work is based on the thoughening of dissimilar material interfaces with micropatterning. Fernando's research interests are focused in the area solid-mechanics, fracture mechanics and computational mechanics.


Yizheng Cao Yizheng Cao, Ph.D. Dec. 2014
(co-advised with Profs. Jason Weiss, Jeffrey Youngblood and Robert Moon)
cao19@purdue.edu

Research Topic:  High performance cement composites with nanocrystalline and nanofribrillated cellulose
Yizheng's work focuses on the development of cellulose nanocrystals-based cementitious materials to achieve high strength and toughness. Yizheng is currently investigating the structure-function relationship through an integrated approach that combines processing, structural and chemical characterization and state-of-the-art microscopy to unravel the physical mechanisms that underpin the nanomechanics of cellulose nanocrystals/nanofibrils, and relate this to the macroscopic properties of CNC/NFC-reinforced cementitious materials through extensive experimental tests at different length scales. This project is sponsored by NSF. 

Enrique Escobar Enrique Escobar de Obaldia, Ph.D.  Jan. 2015
eescobar@purdue.edu
Research Topic:  Unveiling the mechanical properties of the mature radula tooth of the C. Stelleri

Enrique Escobar de Obaldia received his degree in 2004 in Mechanical Engineering in Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela, writing his undergraduate thesis in Crash Test Dummies Simulations. In 2005, he started a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University in the Simulation of Microporosity in Aluminum Plate Castings, sharing a best paper award of the American Foundry Society with Claudio Pita and Sergio Felicelli. In the fall of 2006, he spent 6 months working in the characterization of material properties at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany.  In 2007, he started to work in Magma Foundry Technology as project engineer in Chicago and later in 2008 in Aachen, Germany. In 2010, he received the Roberto Rocca Scholarship to study at Purdue University and in 2011 he started to work with Prof. Zavattieri’s research group in 3D modeling of deformation and fracture of microstructures.







Past Students and Visitors:

Undergraduate students:

Pete Pornphubeth P Mettaprasert 
Research Topic:  Development of GUI tools

Chan Jeong Chanhue Jeong
Honor Student  (current, Graduate Student in Zavattieri's group)
CE231 "Materials Engineering I", Fall 2012.
CE499 "Mechanics of Hard Materials", Spring 2013.
Research Topic:  3D printing and modeling of the Chiton's tooth microstructure

Eric
Eric Leeker
CE497 "Characterization of Structured Interfaces", Summer/Fall 2013

Mateo Mateo Gomez Zuluaga
(Summer-Fall 2012- Spring 2013)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:  Development of 2 nanoHUB toosl for Cellulose NanoCrystals.

  • Mateo Gómez Zuluaga; Robert J. Moon; Fernando Luis Dri; Pablo Daniel Zavattieri (2013), "Crystalline Cellulose - Atomistic Toolkit," https://nanohub.org/resources/ccamt. (DOI: 10.4231/D35T3G03B)
  • Mateo Gómez Zuluaga; Fernando Luis Dri; Pablo Daniel Zavattieri; Robert J. Moon (2013), "Anisotropy Calculator - 3D Visualization Toolkit," https://nanohub.org/resources/matrix2surface. (DOI: 10.4231/D3K06X13R).

Emmanuel Ochoa Emmanuel Ochoa
(Summer-Fall 2012- Spring 2013)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:  Development of a nanoHUB tool for low-dimensional nanostructures.

Chaoyi Zhang Chaoyi Zhang
Honor Student
CE231 "Materials Engineering I", Spring 2013.
Research Topic:  Morphology and kinematics of naturally occuring energy storage mechanisms.

Ashwin
Ashwin Nair
(Fall 2012)
CE497 
Research Topic:  Project related to Digital Image Correlation (DIC)

Diego Useche-ReyesDiego Useche-Reyes
(Summer 2012)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:  Development of models  for nanoscale adhesion for NanoHUB.

MinchenMinchen Zhou 
(Fall 2011)
CE231 - Honors Student
Research Topic:  3D printing and computational modeling of  fullcure materials. 

Jose FernandoJose Fernando Rave Arango (March-July 2011)
Visitor: Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
jraveara@purdue.edu
Research Topic: Computational modeling of  biomineralized hard Sematerials

MISk A S M Monirul Islam
(Summer 2011)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:  Development of models  for nanoscale adhesion for NanoHUB.

DanielDaniel Alberto Lemus  (Summer 2011)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:  Development of models for nanoscale adhesion for NanoHUB.

Ajinkya
Ajinkya Shirude (Fall 2010)
Undergraduate student (School of Mechanical Engineering)
Research Topic:   Numerical modeling of biominearlized teeth.


Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez  (Summer 2010)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:  Development of Particle Dynamics Models for biomimetic materials.
 

Sebastian Lee
Sebastian Lee (Summer 2010)
NCN-NanoHUB - SURF Student
Research Topic:   Development of Particle Dynamics Models for biomimetic materials.





Graduate Students:

Ahmad Alnaseem
Ahmad Alnaseem,
Master Student (non-thesis), Spring 2012-Summer 2013
Topic: Mesh Optimization

FranciscoFrancisco Javier Velez Hoyos
Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia
Fall 2012


Qianqian Wang
Qianqian Wang   (Summer 2010)
Visitor: Ph.D. student at  University of California, Riverside, USA
Topic: Mechanical modeling and in-situ E-SEM mechanical testing of Chiton’s radula teeth.


Shriram
Shriram Siravara   (Spring-Summer 2010)
Master Student (School of Mechanical Engineering)


Gautam
Gautam Naik   (Spring 2009)
Master Student (School of Mechanical Engineering)








Past Visiting Faculty:

Juan David Gomez
Prof. Juan David Gomez C.
- January-February 2011, Civil Engineering Department, Universidad EAFIT, 
Medellín,  Colombia.
- January-February 2014, Civil Engineering Department, Universidad EAFIT,  Medellín,  Colombia.








Contact Information:  Pablo D.  Zavattieri
Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: CIVL G217
zavattie@purdue.edu

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