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Diego Misseroni

Associate Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics

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Laboratory for the
Design of Reconfigurable Metamaterials & Structures

In our laboratory, we design, realize, and test mechanical metamaterials, flexible structures, and cellular materials with superior static and dynamic properties. We aim to create advanced mechanical systems with a broad range of applications by combining mechanical modeling, computational analysis, and advanced experimental techniques.


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Job alert! Seeking skilled and motivated PhD students and Post-Doc researchers for the 2022 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project on origami/kirigami-based metamaterials design. Interested? Email diego.misseroni@unitn.it with your CV, bachelor's and master's transcripts, and a motivation letter. Selection based solely on excellence and merit.

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Dr. Diego Misseroni has been awarded a 2022 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, for the project S-FOAM.

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Dr. Diego Misseroni has been appointed as a member of the EML Early Career Advisory Board (EML-ECAB).



Dr. Diego Misseroni has joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University, as a Fulbright visiting scholar.

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The article "3D printed architected lattice structures by material jetting" made the cover of the Materials Today journal.



The article "Triclinic metamaterials by tristable origami with reprogrammable frustration" made the frontispiece of the Advanced Materials journal.



Dr. Diego Misseroni has been awarded the Fulbright fellowship - Research Scholar, and he was received by the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy to Italy, Thomas Smitham, at his residence in Villa Taverna, Rome.



The article "3D printed architected lattice structures by material jetting" has been accepted for publication in the Materials Today journal.



The article "Experimental realization of tunable Poisson’s ratio in deployable origami metamaterials" made the cover of the Extreme Mechanics Letters journal.



Dr. Diego Misseroni has been appointed Associate Professor at the University of Trento.


Articles featured on the cover of International Journals

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Research topics

Selected publications



Origami engineering

We have invented a novel experimental setup suitable to study the Poisson effects in 2D origami tessellations that undergo simultaneous deformations in both the applied and transverse directions. The setup comprises a gripping mechanism, which we call a Saint-Venant fixture, to eliminate Saint-Venant end effects during uniaxial testing experiment.

Check out our article on "Extreme Mechanics letters."



Active metamaterials

We have designed a three-phase microstructured materials made of a phononic crystal coupled to local resonators. By tuning the impedance/admittance of the electrical circuits, it is possible to fully adjust the constitutive properties of the shunting piezoelectric material, thus controllling pass and stop bands.

Check out our article on "Extreme Mechanics letters."



Auxetic structures

We have designed, realized, and tested an isotropic microstructured medium with both negative CTE and negative Poisson’s ratio. The effective CTE can be finely tuned by playing with the thermal expansion contrast ratio between the two phases and the geometrical configuration of the internal structure.

Check out our article on the "Proceedings of the Royal Society A."



Elastic invisibility

We have introduced a new method based on the concept of reinforcement, achieved via elastic stiffening and mass redistribution, to cloak multiple voids embedded into an elastic plate. This simple technique produces invisibility of the voids to flexural waves within an extremely broad range of frequencies.

Check out our article on the "Proceedings of the Royal Society A."



Flutter instability

We have designed, manufactured, and tested a new experimental apparatus to investigate flutter and divergence instability in viscoelastic rods produced by tangentially follower forces. We have provided the first experimental determination of the destabilizing role of dissipation on the onset of flutter.

Check out our article on the "Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids."




Based on rigorous theoretical findings, we have realized a proof-of-concept design for a structured square cloak enclosing a void in an elastic lattice. We have implemented high-precision fabrication and experimental testing of an elastic invisibility cloak for flexural waves in a mechanical lattice.

Check out our article on the "Scientific Reports."



Snake locomotion

A model for serpentine locomotion is derived from a novel perspective based on concepts from configurational mechanics. The motion is realized through the release of the elastic energy of a deformable rod, sliding inside a frictionless channel, which represents a snake moving against lateral restraints.

Check out our article on the "Journal of the Royal Society Interface."



Configurational forces

Locomotion associated with torsional deformation of an elastic rod in a frictionless system has been introduced and substantiated both theoretically and experimentally, opening a new perspective in animal propulsion and in the mechanical design of deformable systems.

Check out our article on the "Proceedings of the Royal Society A."



Surprising instabilities

We have shown for the first time that it is possible to design structures (i.e. mechanical systems whose elements are governed by the equation of the elastica) exhibiting bifurcation and instability ("buckling") under tensile load of constant direction and point of application ("dead").

Check out our article on the "Proceedings of the Royal Society A."