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Dr. Rocco Lupoi

Associate Professor (Mechanical, Manuf & Biomedical Eng)

I graduated as mechanical engineer in 2004 from Polytechnic University of Turin, and obtained my PhD degree with great success from the University of Bath (UK) in 2008. My PhD project was covered by an article with dedicated front cover in EUREKA magazine (May 2005) with title Devices that absorb energy on demand. I really enjoyed research, and formed a clear passion for the development of new manufacturing processes. As such, I was hired as post-doctoral researcher in Cambridge University (UK) in 2008 to carry out ground-breaking work in a new field, now known as Additive Manufacturing. In Cambridge I published key papers, submitted a patent (now granted), and formed a spin-off company with co-workers (Laser Fusion Tech.) to commercialize the processes I had developed. Despite the commercial attraction, academic research remained my true passion; in summer 2012 I accepted the post of Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin and I started to develop my own group. In 2013 I became Marie Curie Fellow (CIG scheme), and in 2014 I was awarded of a key grant from the European Space Agency (Technology Research Programme - TRP). I was the very first PI in Trinity to have secured an award of this size from ESA. The project was featured in the national innovation news page of the Irish Times, 19th of January 2015. As an independent PI, I am now a funded investigator in AMBER (the national research centre for advanced materials and bioengineering) and I-Form (the national centre for Advanced Manufacturing). I am now an Associate Member of the international academy of production engineering (CIRP). In summary, I am an emerging leader in Additive Manufacturing with established collaborations in Europe (Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France) and the rest of the World (China, US, Canada). In recognition to my research career, I was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD) in 2019 and nominated Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (FIMMM) in 2022.
  Additive Manufacturing   COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS   ENERGY   Energy Absorbing Materials   ENERGY-ABSORPTION   Hydraulics engineering   Industrial Engineering   LASER   LASER CLADDING   LASER MACHINING   Manufacturing (Mechanical Engineering)   Manufacturing Engineering   Materials Engineering   Materials technology, engineering   Mechanical Engineering   Physics   Process Development Engineering   Process Engineering   Production Engineering   Structural Engineering
 Active Projects

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Acta Materialia - Reviewer Current
Materials Research Letters - Reviewer Current
Journal of Nuclear Materials - Reviewer Current
Journal of Materials Processing technology - Reviewer Current
Additive Manufacturing - Reviewer Current
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) - Reviewer Current
Optics and Laser Technology - Reviewer Current
ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering - Reviewer Current
Journal of Thermal Spray Technology - Reviewer Current
Fuel Processing Technology - Reviewer Current
Applied Surface Science - Reviewer Current
Proposals reviewer for calls by research funding bodies in Ireland, France and Canada Current
CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology - Reviewer Current
Springer and SpringerPlus - Reviewer Current
Materials & Design - Reviewer Current
International Academy for Production Engineering, CIRP-E events - part of Scientific Commitee Current
Associate Editor for De Gruyter - Current
Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering - Reviewer Current
Surface & Coating Technology - Reviewer Current
International Journal of Thermal Sciences - Reviewer Current
Scientific Research and Essays - Reviewer Current
Chemical Engineering Science - Reviewer Current
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Nominated Associate Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) March 2019 Current
Committee member on the national standards authority of Ireland (NSAI) 2017 Current
Funded Investigator of I-Form ( 2017 Current
PI of Science and Technology in Advanced Manufacturing (STAM) Current
Funded Investigator of AMBER -
Member of the Italian Professional Body for Engineers (Albo degli Ingegneri), Chartered Engineer level 2012 Current
Member of the Irish Manufacturing Council (IMC) October 2012 Current
Only member in Ireland of the Cold Spray Society, a group of world leading experts in the field run by the School of Mines in Paris January 2013 Current
Ningsong Fan, Chunjie Huang, Pengfei Yu, Wen Chen, Rocco Lupoi, Lin Liu, Shuo Yin, Interparticle bonding and interfacial nanocrystallization mechanisms in cold sprayed metallic glass, International Thermal Spray Conference (ITSC), Vienna, 4-6 May 2022, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Pengfei Yu, Ningsong Fan, Shuo Yin, Rocco Lupoi, Systematic research on the formation of heterogenous microstructure in FeCoNiCrMn high entropy cold spray, International Thermal Spray Conference (ITSC), Vienna, 4-6 May 2022, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Pengfei Yu, Shuo Yin, Rocco Lupoi, The stimulation of grain structure evolution in Aluminium cold spray by Monte Carlo method , International Thermal Spray Conference (ITSC), Vienna, 4-6 May 2022, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Marios Kazasidis, Elisa Verna, Shuo Yin, Rocco Lupoi, Investigation of the effect of low-temperature annealing and impact angle on the erosion performance of nickel-tungsten carbide cold spray coating using design of experiments, International Thermal Spray Conference (ITSC), Vienna, 4-6 May 2022, 2022, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Xufei Lu, Wenyou Zhang, Michele Chiumenti, Miguel Cervera, Bobby Gillham, Pengfei Yu, Shuo Yin, Xin Lin, Ramesh Padamati Babu, Rocco Lupoi, Crack-free laser powder bed fusion by substrate design, Additive Manufacturing, 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
Ningsong Fan, Rocco Lupoi, Shuo Yin, Interparticle bonding and interfacial nanocrystallization mechanisms in additively manufactured bulk metallic glass fabricated by cold spray, Additive Manufacturing, 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Bobby Gillham, Andrei Yankin, Harry Shipley, Fionnan McNamara, Charles Tomonto, Garret O'Donnell, Daniel Trimble, Shuo Yin, David Taylor, Rocco Lupoi, The Analysis of Small-Scale Notches on the Fatigue Performance of SLM Ti-6Al-4V; A Theory of Critical Distances Approach, Key Engineering Materials, 926, 2022, p250 - 267, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pengfei Yu, Yingchun Xie, Shuo Yin, Rocco Lupoi, Fabrication of Ta-Ag composite deposits via cold spray: investigation of bonding mechanism and deposition behavior, Journal of Advanced Joining Processes, 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
Raffaella Sesana, Rocco Lupoi, Irene Pessolano Filos, Pengfei Yu and Sebastiano Rizzo, Abrasion Power of Ti and Ni Diamond-Coated Coatings Deposited by Cold Spray, Metals, 12, (7), 2022, p1197 , Notes: [This article belongs to the Special Issue Modern Cold Spray Technique - 2022], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sagar Nikam, Hao Wu, Ryan Harkin, Justin Quinn, Rocco Lupoi, Shuo Yin, Shaun McFadden, On the application of the anisotropic enhanced thermal conductivity approach to thermal modelling of laser-based powder bed fusion processes, Additive Manufacturing, 2022, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI

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M. Meyer and R. Lupoi, Supersonic Spray Advanced Modelling SSAM, 19th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium & Postgraduate Workshop, Queen's University Belfast, 2016, Poster, PUBLISHED
R.Lupoi and F.Osman, Revolutionary devices to dissipate energy in mechanical systems, PGA 2006 , Bath (UK), 2006, Poster, PUBLISHED


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Nominated Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (FIMMM) 2022
Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2019
Accelerated Advancement Award 2016
SFI - TIDA award 2016-2017
Enterprise Ireland - Commercialization Fund 2015-2017
European Space Agency (ESA) major grant award, Technology Research Programme (TRP) 2015-2019
Irish Research Council - New Foundation Award 2014
Marie Curie Fellowship (CIG) 2013-2017
Certificate for professional engineering practice, Chartered Status 2006
Silver medal for professional achievements in the AMPT 2005 conference. Prize given in Wisla, Poland (2005) 2005
A scholarship for PhD studies at the University of Bath 2004-2007
An Erasmus scholarship, Politecnico di Torino (Italy) 2002-2003
Additive Manufacturing; Cold Spray; Materials Characterization; Lasers and Material Laser Processing; Friction Welding and Friction Stir Welding; Supersonic flows and applications; Fluid mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and applications; Solid Mechanics (Crashworthiness and Energy Absorbers); Components and systems design for engineering applications, product development