Associate Professor

Contact InformationMarco Alfano

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. Before his appointment he served as an Assistant Professor (Ricercatore) at Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Calabria (UNICAL), Italy, from 2012 to 2019. 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) and the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology (Taylor and Francis).

Research Interests

  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Composites
  • Surface preparation & adhesion
  • Adhesive Bonding
  • Architected materials & interfaces
  • Mechanics of interfaces
  • Deformation & fracture
  • Finite element modeling
  • Mechanical Characterization


  • 2007, Doctorate, Materials and Structures, University of Calabria
  • 2002, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Calabria

Selected/Recent Publications

  • 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