Super Materials - Bio-inspired nanomaterials for the future


Prof. Nicola Pugno - Professor at the University of Trento and at the Queen Mary University of London

May 2014

Research into the (new) materials that we will use in the future also depends on certain properties found in nature: the graphene and its many faces, the study of the adhesive capacity of the legs of geckos and repellence of the leaves of lotus for industrial applications (aeronautics).


Nicola Pugno is a Full Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University of Trento, Italy and there Founder and Head of the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired and Graphene Nanomechanics. He is also the Scientific Responsible of Graphene Nanocomposites (within the Graphene Flagship) at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, and Full Professor of Materials Science at the Queen Mary University of London (Computational Nanomechanics Group).

He has published about 220 International Journal papers on Solid-, Structural-, Fracture-, Bio- and Nano-Mechanics in leading international journals (including Nature and Nature Materials) mainly on nanotubes and graphene and bio-inspired nanomaterials (e.g. mimicking nacre for strength, spider silk for toughness, gecko foot for smart adhesion, lotus leaf for self-cleaning, bone for self-healing, etc.). He is in the Editor-in-chief of Bio-Inspired Materials and Frontiers in Materials - Mechanics.

Nicola Pugno has received the 2011 ERC Starting Grant and in 2013 both the two ERC Proof of Concept assigned to Italy by the European Research Council.