Dr Giuseppe Zurlo

MEng, PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer (Above The Bar)
School of Mathematics
Room ADB-1004
Áras De Brún
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics

T: Ext. 5005
E: giuseppe.zurlo@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I got my MSc in Mechanical Engineering in the Politecnico di Bari with a Thesis on the role of "A priori inequalities in nonlinear elasticity". Since then I developed a strong interest for the theory of Elasticity and, more in general, for Continuum Mechanics, for the theory of Phase Transitions, for Electroactive Materials and more recently for Growth, both in biological materials and in more general non-biological frameworks. I did my PhD in the University of Pisa in this subject, on the modelling of "Material and phase transitions in biological membranes". During this period I spent some months at Cornell University(NY) and Carnegie Mellon University(USA) and I worked on a new model for the nonlinear elastic behavior of the lipid bilayer, the shell of cells, that accounts for thickness variations. 

Research Interests

My research is focused on the modelling of material behavior at the intersection of Con- tinuum Mechanics with Nonlinear Elasticity, Biology and Electromagnetism. More specif- ically I work on Growth, Morphogenesis and Patterning in biological materials, on the mechanical behaviour of Cell Membranes, on the modeling of damage and healing phenomena in Rubber Materials, on the theory of Finite Elasticity with a specific focus on the mechanics of thin bodies, on Electroelasticity of soft actuators and en- ergy harvesters. My principal research interest is currently an ambitious and far-reaching project to develop a mechanical theory for 3D Printing of biological materials. 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
IRC Post Doctoral Fellowship 2016 Stefania Colonnelli - Harvesting Electrical Energy from Ionic Polymers 01-OCT-16 31-OCT-16

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Printing Non-Euclidean Solids'
Zurlo, G;Truskinovsky, L (2017) 'Printing Non-Euclidean Solids'. Physical Review Letters, 119 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Catastrophic Thinning of Dielectric Elastomers'
Zurlo, G,Destrade, M,DeTommasi, D,Puglisi, G (2017) 'Catastrophic Thinning of Dielectric Elastomers'. Physical Review Letters, 118 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'The role of material behavior in the performances of electroactive polymer energy harvesters'
Colonnelli, S,Saccomandi, G,Zurlo, G (2015) 'The role of material behavior in the performances of electroactive polymer energy harvesters'. Journal Of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 53 :1303-1314 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Hysteresis in electroactive polymers'
De Tommasi, D,Puglisi, G,Zurlo, G (2014) 'Hysteresis in electroactive polymers'. European Journal Of Mechanics A-Solids, 48 :16-22 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Failure modes in electroactive polymer thin films with elastic electrodes'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2014) 'Failure modes in electroactive polymer thin films with elastic electrodes'. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 47 (6) [Details]
(2014) 'Damage induced dissipation in electroactive polymer harvesters'
S. Colonnelli, G. Saccomandi, G. Zurlo (2014) 'Damage induced dissipation in electroactive polymer harvesters'. Applied Physics Letters, [Details]
(2013) 'Hysteresis in electroactive polymers'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2013) 'Hysteresis in electroactive polymers'. European Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids, [Details]
(2013) 'The stretching elasticity of biomembranes determines their line tension and bending rigidity'
Deseri, L., Zurlo, G. (2013) 'The stretching elasticity of biomembranes determines their line tension and bending rigidity'. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 12 (6):1233-1242 [Details]
(2013) 'Inhomogeneous deformations and pull-in instability in electroactive polymeric films'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2013) 'Inhomogeneous deformations and pull-in instability in electroactive polymeric films'. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 57 :123-129 [Details]
(2013) 'Non-local elastic effects in electroactive polymers'
Zurlo, G. (2013) 'Non-local elastic effects in electroactive polymers'. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 56 :115-122 [Details]
(2013) 'Electromechanical instability and oscillating deformations in electroactive polymer films'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2013) 'Electromechanical instability and oscillating deformations in electroactive polymer films'. Applied Physics Letters, 102 (1) [Details]
(2013) 'Inhomogeneous spherical configurations of inflated membranes'
Tommasi, D.D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2013) 'Inhomogeneous spherical configurations of inflated membranes'. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 25 (2-4):197-206 [Details]
(2012) 'Taut states of dielectric elastomer membranes'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2012) 'Taut states of dielectric elastomer membranes'. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 47 (2):355-361 [Details]
(2012) 'Electric field localizations in thin dielectric films with thickness non-uniformities'
Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2012) 'Electric field localizations in thin dielectric films with thickness non-uniformities'. Journal of Electrostatics, 70 (3):312-316 [Details]
(2012) 'A note on strong ellipticity in two-dimensional isotropic elasticity'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2012) 'A note on strong ellipticity in two-dimensional isotropic elasticity'. Journal of Elasticity, 109 (1):67-74 [Details]
(2011) 'Compression-induced failure of electroactive polymeric thin films'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2011) 'Compression-induced failure of electroactive polymeric thin films'. Applied Physics Letters, 98 (12) [Details]
(2010) 'Pull-in and wrinkling instabilities of electroactive dielectric actuators'
De Tommasi, D., Puglisi, G., Saccomandi, G., Zurlo, G. (2010) 'Pull-in and wrinkling instabilities of electroactive dielectric actuators'. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 43 (32) [Details]
(2009) 'Damage and healing effects in rubber-like balloons'
De Tommasi, D., Marzano, S., Puglisi, G., Zurlo, G. (2009) 'Damage and healing effects in rubber-like balloons'. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 46 (22-23):3999-4005 [Details]
(2008) 'Derivation of a new free energy for biological membranes'
Deseri, L., Piccioni, M.D., Zurlo, G. (2008) 'Derivation of a new free energy for biological membranes'. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 20 (5):255-273 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2008) 'Thermodynamics, in: Continuum Mechanics'
L. Deseri, G. Marcari, G. Zurlo (2008) 'Thermodynamics, in: Continuum Mechanics' In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2013) 21st AMEA Congress
D. De Tommasi, G. Puglisi, G. Zurlo (2013) Hysteretic electromechanical behaviour of electroactive polymeric films 21st AMEA Congress Torino, Italy, [Details]

Teaching Interests

Here at NUIG I am Lecturer of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics. More in detail I teach: 
                          
2017/18 mp236 Mechanics I (24h) 
2016/17 mp410 Nonlinear Elasticity (24h)
2013/14 mp191 Mathematical Methods I  (24h)
2014/15 mp191 Mathematical Methods I  
(24h)
2015/16 mp191 Mathematical Methods I  
(24h)
2016/17 mp191 Mathematical Methods I  
(24h)
2013/14 ma2102 Mathematical and Applied Mathematics II (18h)
2015/16 ma2102 Mathematical and Applied Mathematics II 
(18h)
2014/15 ma2102 Mathematical and Applied Mathematics II 
(18h)
2014/15 mp120 Engineering Mechanics (36h)
2015/16 mp120 Engineering Mechanics 
(36h)
2016/17 mp120 Engineering Mechanics 
(36h)
2017/18 mp120 Engineering Mechanics 
(36h)
2015/16 mp140 Mathematical Methods for Engineering I (18h)

I have obtained a 30ECTS PgCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education at the NUI-Galway

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Paul Greaney Doctorate - Structured PhD (Science) Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2016/17 Nonlinear Elasticity mp410 -
2013/14 Mathematical and Applied Mathematics II ma2102 -
2017/18 Engineering Mechanics mp120
2014/15 Mathematical Methods I mp191 -
2015/16 Mathematical Methods for Engineering I mp140 -
2014/15 Engineering Mechanics mp120 -
2015/16 Engineering Mechanics mp120 -
2015/16 Mathematical Methods I mp191 -
2016/17 Mathematical Methods I mp191 -
2016/17 Engineering Mechanics mp120 -
2015/16 Mathematical and Applied Mathematics II ma2102 -
2017/18 Mechanics I mp236
2016/17 Engineering Mechanics mp120 -
2013/14 Mathematical Methods I mp191 -
2014/15 Mathematical and Applied Mathematics II ma2102 -

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Michel Destrade
Research
Martin Meere
co-supervision of PhD thesis

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Giuseppe Puglisi Politecnico di Bari ITALY
research
Lev Truskinovsky ESPCI Pairs FRANCE
research
Giuseppe Saccomandi Università di Perugia ITALY
research
Domenico De Tommasi Politecnico di Bari ITALY
research
Luca Deseri Brunel University UNITED KINGDOM
research