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Professor Massimiliano Gei

MSc, PhD


School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 4316
W/2.44, Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Professor of Solid Mechanics and Structures

Leader, Multiphysics Mechanics cross-cutting research theme
Applied and Computational Mechanics group

Research interests
Modelling soft electroactive materials for actuation, energy harvesting, sensing.
Soft robotics.
Optimal design of dielectric elastomer composites.
Structural metamaterials and cloaking.
Quasiperiodic and quasicrystalline structures and materials.
Finite elasticity.
Instabilities in smart materials and of smart structures.
Masonry and ancient structures.
Retrofitting techniques in earthquake engineering.

Reviewer for the following leading journals
Physical Review Letters, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review Applied, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Smart Materials and Structures, Journal of Polymer Science-Part B etc.

2001 - PhD in Materials and Structural Engineering (University of Trento).
1997 - MSc in Civil Engineering - Structures Curriculum (University of Bologna), Summa Cum Laude.

Visiting Professorships and Scholarships

2018 - Tufts University, Medford (MA), USA
2018 - Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), USA
2017 - University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
2016 - KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2015 - University College London, London, UK
2014, 2013 - Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
2013 - Technical University - Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
2011, 2009, 2007 - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
2011, 2009, 2008, 2007 - University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2004 - Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT-PAN), Warsaw, Poland
2000 - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Academic positions

Associate Professor (University of Trento, 2011-2015).
Assistant Professor (University of Trento, 2005-2011).
Research Associate (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2001-2004).

















Solid Mechanics
Renewable Energy Design
Structural Mechanics
Advanced Structural Mechanics
Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering


ANSYRETRO - Innovative anchoring system for retrofitting heritage buildings (ASTUTE 2020 research project in cooperation with the company CINTEC International Ltd., 2019)

Bioactuation in Soft Robotics - RAEng Distinguished Research Fellowship of Prof. Luis Dorfmann (Tufts University) (one-onth visit, 2018).

SRENASM - Simulation of Radiation Effects on Nuclear and Aerospace Structural Materials. Marie Curie Cofund project of Dr. Omid Noorikalkhoran (3 year fellowship, 2017-2020) (£ 160000).

MeDyQuaM - Mechanics and Dynamical Processes in Quasiperiodic Materials. Marie Curie Cofund project of Dr. Lorenzo Morini (3 year fellowship, 2016-2019) (£ 150000).

ANCHOR-SYS - Manufacturing Process Development for Innovative Anchoring and Reinforcement Systems (ASTUTE 2020 research project in cooperation with the company CINTEC International Ltd., 2017) (£ 120000).

Supervised Students

Z. Chen - Canonical metamaterials, 2019-2022
A. Farhat - Quasicrystalline metamaterials, 2019-2022
M.E. Kanik - Safety in nuclear power plants, 2019-2022
V. Roussel - Instability of structured thin films, 2019
P. Liguori - Soft dielectric actuator, 2018-2021
G. Tetik - Quasicrystalline metamaterials, 2018
V. Volpini - Energy harvesting with soft dielectric composites, 2018
K. Mutasa - Advanced electroactive soft material devices, 2016-2017
Y. Eyzat - Negative refraction in laminates, 2017
L. Calabrese - Innovative dielectric elastomer soft robots, 2015-2018
C. Rodrigo Rodriguez - Moving loads in structured bridges, 2016
E. Bortot - Performance optimization of dielectric elastomer generators, 2012-2015
S. Colonnelli - Instability of soft dielectric actuators, 2011-2014
S. Roccabianca - Structures under large bending: finite solution and bifurcation analysis, 2011-2014