Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Luca Deseri earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pisa, Italy, while spending a year at Carnegie Mellon University where he subsequently did his post-doctoral training. He was appointed an assistant and then an associate professor of Solid Mechanics at the University of Ferrara over 8 years. He moved to the University of Molise as a professor and associate dean of Engineering for 3 years. Subsequently, he became head of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Trento for 4 years; Engineering in Trento has been ranked first nationwide 12 times in the last 16 years. Luca has just been nominated “Panel Member” for the Society for Natural Philosophy-SNP. He is also a member of the Italian directorate of Engineering Mechanics, leads the local International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) Society of Mechanics of Materials and is member of the Italian directorate of Solid and Structural Mechanics. He has held several visiting professorships at Cornell, the University of Kentucky, and Carnegie Mellon University, from 2012–2014. His main research interests range from multiscale mechanics of structured media to viscoelasticity and applications to biology. He has been invited to visit multiple universities, including Columbia, Berkeley, Wisconsin, Caltech, Nebraska, Ecole Polytechnique, Auckland and ETH Zurich.
Dr. Deseri’s research is mainly in the field of multiscale mathematical modeling of the mechanics and multiphysics of structured media. More specifically, the focuses have been on the following topics:
New energetics for predicting phase transitions in biological membranes at the nanoscale
A new multiscale field theory for novel and classical materials exhibiting microstructures; the approach is established in the framework of the theory of structured deformations. This framework will be extended to study the behavior of biological structures
A new approach to study crystalline plasticity: the influence of microstructures on the macroscopic behavior of metallic crystals undergoing finite deformations is interpreted with the new tools provided by the theory of structured deformations
Theory of viscoelasticity and its applications
Modeling for cold and dry compaction of ceramic powders and their sintering.
Research plans comprise the following new topics:
Biological and bioinspired structures
-The relationships among the features of the constituents forming the structure of the material, their morphological and structural organization, and their properties exhibited at the macroscale are the key focuses of the research. These parameters are essential information for the study of novel materials with enhanced mechanical properties inspired from biological structures.
-Nanocomposites for biomedical applications
This research will be based on a recent paper in which Dr. Deseri and a coauthor analyzed the effective response of random elastic composites with random particulates. They showed that the danger of relatively small residual stresses with very rapid spatial oscillations might result in either a magnification of the representative volume element (RVE) size with respect to the un-prestressed case or an explosion.