Nicola Pugno
University of Trento, Italy

Nicola Pugno was born in Pavia, Italy, in 1972. He obtained his masters degree (1995) in Mechanical Engineering, a PhD (1998) in Fracture Mechanics, a masters degree (2004) in Theoretical Physics and he is currently following a PhD in Biology. He is now full Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at the University of Trento, Italy, where he is the head of the Laboratory of Bio-inspired and Graphene Nanomechanics, co-funded by the European Research Council. He has held visiting positionsat several prestigious American (e.g. MIT) and European (e.g. Cambridge) Institutes and Universities. His work on supermaterials based on graphene/carbon nanotubes, spider silk, gecko feet and lotus leaves has led to several well received publications in popular Science Journals, including Nature and Nature Materials.

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