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. 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

  • Adhesive Bonding
  • Deformation & fracture
  • Finite element modeling
  • Mechanical Characterization
  • Mechanics of adhesion & interfaces
  • Surface modification of metals and composites


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


  • ME 322 - Mechanical Design 1
    • Taught in 2020
  • ME 720 - Spec Tpcs in Solid Mechanics
    • Taught in 2020
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

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

Graduate Studies

  • Not currently accepting applications for graduate students