Marco Alfano

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1


Phone: 519-888-4567 x40208

Location: E7 3422

Biography Summary

Marco Alfano is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at University of Waterloo. His research covers the mechanics of solids and layered structures, such as composite materials and adhesive bonded joints. The interplay between manufacturing and structural performance is a highlight of Marco’s recent research work, which enjoys an even balance between analytical, computational and experimental methods in fracture mechanics. Marco is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives (Elsevier), the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology (Taylor and Francis) and Materials (MDPI).

Research Interests

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Architected materials and interfaces
  • Biomimetics
  • Deformation and Fracture
  • Joining techniques
  • Laser Engraving
  • Surface modification


  • ME 322 Mechanical Design I
  • ME 720 Special Topics in Solid Mechanics


  • 2006, Doctorate, Materials and Structural Engineering. Department of Structures, UNICAL, Italy.
  • 2002, Master's, Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanics, UNICAL, Italy.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • M Frascio, C Mandolfino, F. Moroni, M. Jilich, M. Pizzorni, L. Bergonzi, C. Morano, M. Alfano, M. Avalle, Appraisal of surface preparation in adhesive bonding of additive manufactured substrates, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 106, 2021
  • Ran Tao, Xiaole Li, Arief Yudhanto, Marco Alfano, Gilles Lubineau, Laser-based interfacial patterning enables toughening of CFRP/epoxy joints through bridging of adhesive ligaments, Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 139, 2020
  • A. Pascuzzo, A. Yudhanto, M. Alfano, G. Lubineau, On the effect of interfacial patterns on energy dissipation in plastically deforming adhesive bonded ductile sheets, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 198, 2020, 31 - 40
  • C. Morano, P. Zavattieri, M. Alfano, Tuning energy dissipation in damage tolerant bio-inspired interfaces, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 141, 2020
  • T. Ran, X. Li, A. Yudhanto, M. Alfano, G. Lubineau, On controlling interfacial heterogeneity to trigger bridging in secondary bonded composite joints: An efficient strategy to introduce crack-arrest features, Composites Science and Technology, 188, 2020